“Is your accent real?”

May 10, 2009

That was what one of the muggles said to the tour guide as my sisters and I approached the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday.

Her answer?

“Of course it’s real. Why wouldn’t it be?”

After that she said the saddest thing: “No photography allowed inside the exhibition.”

So this is all I could get for you guys:

The Weasleys' Flying Car!The Weasleys’ Flying Car!

Fudge Flies and Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts, oh my!Fudge Flies and Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts, oh my!

Whether or not you’ve read the books, all that matters is that you’ve seen the movies. You’ll see costumes and props and interactive things to play with, which even for 21- and 24-year-olds (my older sister) is super fun and you get all into it. My two sisters and I played Quidditch against each other and – yes – your one & only won. Bring your friends and play against them!

The exhibition is so very well done, interactive, and very thorough, and many fansites agree. You can read one of the best reviews here AND see some pictures here (HEY! Why could they take pictures and I couldn’t?!?).

For someone who only watched the movies, I think this exhibition is VERY worth it. I’m a bit angry with my sisters and myself because we didn’t look at the food in the Great Hall part of the exhibit!

However, A WORD OF CAUTION! … ok, not really caution. But if you go after 4pm, the ticket price for adults goes from $26 to $18, so go after 4pm! (Exhibit closes at 9pm Sunday through Saturday). There also seemed to be less people there, so you get to take as long as you want.

Another word of caution . . .  a real word of caution! At the end of the exhibit, they might try to offer you one of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Whatever you do, don’t try the light blue one! If you value your tongue and your sense of taste, do not choose the light blue one.

And yes. ALL of their accents are real.


Food, Inc. FREE Screening!

April 21, 2009

Food, Inc.

Have you ever taken a moment’s notice to wonder how exactly we consume the American staples we have been brought up to love?

For example, Kraft American cheese singles. Don’t get me wrong, a Kraft single on top of a burger is almost necessary during a summer cookout. Or perhaps place a few of those singles sandwiched in between bread to make a delicious grilled cheese.

But its so perfectly square, so rubbery and flexible… I can’t help myself from wondering, how do we eat this!? This isn’t food!

Luckily for us Americans, Robert Kenner has made a documentary called Food, Inc. The documentary will uncover the nasty truths about what goes on underground in the U.S. Food Industry.

Even luckier, for us Chicagoans, the organization Slow Food Chicago
will be sponsoring a free screening of the documentary.

The Slow Food Chicago organization has been reaching out to help counteract the fast food movement of America.  It’s something to think about when more and more Americans are looking towards the McDonald’s Dollar Menu during tough economic times.