Something to See This Summer- “Manet and Modern Beauty ” at the Art Institute

Boating (1874–75), Édouard Manet.

Librarians and educators will admit, a book is not the only path of life long learners. If the chance arises you should by all means see and experience lectures, concerts, lit festivals, and exhibits.  The Art Institute of Chicago’s  newest exhibit, called “Manet and Modern Beauty” is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

The museum will span the latter years of the great Impressionist painter. The exhibit will showcase his works on fashion, flowers, and more. Over 90 pieces will be on display, including handwritten letters Manet wrote to friends that have amazingly detailed drawings on them.

Prepare for your museum visit by  watching this Edouard Manet Documentary,  or by checking out our collection of  Manet library materials.  The National Endowment for the Humanities  “How to Visit the Museum” article is a great read on how to visit a museum like a pro.

“Manet and Modern Beauty” debuts  Sunday, May 26.

On this night in 1965, Keith Richards Dreamed the Guitar Riff to the Classic Song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and then Recorded it in Chicago

One of the greatest rock songs in history has a classic origin story and a great Chicago connection. To read more, click here.

A little know fact: If you live in the Chicago area, you can still visit the legendary Chess Records Studio (now known as Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation).  If you are a fan of the blues or music history, you definitely want to visit this historically important and terribly underrated tourist attraction.

To stream entire albums by The Rolling Stones, click here to access Hoopla.


May 1 is traditionally celebrated in honor of the worker, laborer. In many countries of the world this day is a holiday, their labor day. Here in the Chicago area, there is a bit of history associated with this date: the Haymarket Riot of 1886, although many would dispute the word “riot”. This event was a demonstration by workers for better working conditions, especially an 8 hour work day. It is called “haymarket” because of its location: Haymarket Square, on West Randolph Street in Chicago. Although the demonstration began on May 1, the violence erupted on May 3 and 4.

Here is the entry in the online version of the Encyclopedia of Chicago History:

If we have decent working conditions, we need to be aware of those who put their lives on the line to make these conditions a reality. People died to bring about better working conditions in this country.


Time Travel to Cheat Death and Other Fascinating Possibilities in Book and Film

Stephen Hawing’s Time Travellers Invitation

In June of 2009, Stephen Hawking threw a party. The invitations were sent after the party and not one person knew about it beforehand. The party was for time travelers and was an experiment on the possibility of time travel.

Time travel and its repercussions have long been speculated and showcased in book and film. The possibilities include erasing humanities worst moments, detecting terminal illnesses early, and preventing death.

Fore more information about time travel in pop culture, read  Time travel : a history  by James Gleick.