Posted inNews & Politics

News of the Weird

Lead Story After much criticism, the police department in Naples, Florida, canceled its latest campaign against drug dealers in October. The department, which has one black officer (out of a staff of 75), had dressed undercover white officers in blackface and “colorful” clothes because, said one official, “sales are made predominantly by blacks.” Government in […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Clark Terry

If there were a position for “clown prince of jazz,” it might well go to Clark Terry’s alter ego, the aptly named Mumbles. When Terry launches into his unique combination of scat singing and Sid Caesar-esque double-talk, you laugh enough–no matter how often you’ve heard it–to overlook the fact that he’s actually making plenty of […]

Posted inArts & Culture

The Little Prince

THE LITTLE PRINCE Touchstone Theatre Just 55 years ago next week, on December 29, 1935, a young French aviator in a single-engine plane took off on his way to Saigon. South and east he flew, past Tunis and Tripoli and Benghazi. Then, lost and searching for Cairo, he and his mechanic dipped beneath the clouds, […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Last Dance

DANCING IN THIS PLACE at MoMing Dance & Arts Center December 15 and 16 The last “official” performances at MoMing, in what was originally scheduled to be the 1990/91 season, took place on the first two weekends in December, and many said their good-byes then. But the choreographic spirit that made MoMing so vital a […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Light Opera Works

The New Moon by Sigmund Romberg is a surprisingly palatable blend of dreamy schmaltz–part Viennese operetta, part American musical comedy. Romberg, best known for The Student Prince, was born Hungarian but immigrated to this country in 1909 and got hired as the house composer for the Shuberts of Broadway. His popular hits, while containing the […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Field & Street

An immature bald eagle was sighted last week at Saganashkee Slough in the Palos forest preserves. Palos is the most likely place in Cook County to find a bald eagle. The forest preserves are big enough to provide them with secluded roosting trees, and the many shallow lakes and sloughs are prime hunting areas for […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Closer Than Ever

CLOSER THAN EVER Apple Tree Theatre A war looms in the Middle East; the U.S. sinks into economic recession; crime and wanton violence spread like a plague throughout the nation; poverty, homelessness, and disease make millions suffer. But hey, you’d never know it from watching Closer Than Ever. The four cozily clad consumers who populate […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The City File

The city that really hums. According to the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers–which recently opened a midwest membership office–Chicago is “the jingles capitol of the world.” Everything you wanted to know about the November election, according to Illinois Issues (December 1990). From Charles N. Wheeler III: “In black wards…the loss of potential votes […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The Straight Dope

Why do the spouters on some water fountains produce two streams of water that merge into one before reaching your parched lips? Why not just one stream to start with? –Steven Palkovitz, Alexandria, Virginia In an age when you can’t even fix your Chevy without having to contend with microchips, Cecil is always cheered by […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Woman in a Suitcase

WOMAN IN A SUITCASE at the International Performance Studio Julie Goell arrives with surprisingly varied credits. She has trained overseas in the technique of commedia dell’ arte, a 16th-century Italian form dating back to Plautus and forward as far as the Marx Brothers and, more recently, the Flying Karamazov Brothers. She has performed with La […]