“There’s one of the little girl eviscerated, and there’s one of the mother. Oh, Jesus!” says Clive Barker, poring over a biography of Ed Gein, the Wisconsin psychopath who inspired […]
TORCH SONG TRILOGY *** (A must-see) Directed by Paul Bogart Written by Harvey Fierstein With Harvey Fierstein, Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Brian Kerwin, Karen Young, Ken Page, and Eddie Castrodad. […]
The Clybourn Question: What do you get when you cross yuppie with tacky?
Among the jazz albums that were issued this year, or reissued, or compiled and/or repackaged on compact discs, were the following: Bird–The Motion Picture Soundtrack; the three-CD set of The […]
Questions for an investigative reporter: 1. Why do rental car companies, Midway Valet Service, long-term parkers, and airline employees all get priority for close-in parking over short-term parkers at Midway […]
Lonnie Edwards, Survivor of the Year; Douglas Huff, Hysterical Legislator of the Year
CANDYLAND: THE SAGA OF HELEN BRACH AND HER PET POODLE SUGAR Live Bait Theater Around Christmas, a lot of theaters–you know who you are–whip up something cute and confectionary in […]
Why did they cover up Joe Ziolkowski’s photograph?
Don Rose’s Political Atrocity Awards for 1988
(With apologies to the Grimms, Disney, and the voters of Chicago)
Last summer religious fervor ran rampant when The Last Temptation of Christ settled in at the Biograph. The cream of Chicago piety demonstrated outside while the uncertain or even frivolous […]
It was another thrill-packed year in major league baseball, full of milestones, laughers, squeakers, nail-biters, upsets, pier-six brawls, and cliches. How well do you remember the notable stars and moments […]
1988 was the year when beer followed every other conceivable product in the long march “upscale.” Beer tastings. Boutique breweries. Brew pubs. And “hip” beer ads. Hard hats were out. […]
How many of the National Enquirer predictions for 1988 came true?
To the editors: Your presentation of Matt Freedman’s “You Are a Centerfold Sex Object” cartoon in the 11/25 Reader -insults women -insults my intelligence! -packages women for sale! -is based […]