Based loosely on When Harry Met Sally, this Bollywood romantic comedy (2004, 142 min.) covers the stormy relationship between a serious young woman (the stunning Rani Mukherjee) and a rakish cartoonist (Saif Ali Khan). “Hum Tum,” the latter character’s popular syndicated strip, provides animated intervals between scenes and inflames the gender war between the leads […]
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his real-life wife, Jaya, are paired on-screen for the first time in 20 years in this 2001 melodrama by Karan Johar. The Indian cinema’s other reigning god, Shah Rukh Khan, plays their adopted son, who’s disowned after he marries a cheeky young thing (Kajol) from the wrong side of Delhi. […]
Before Wendy McClure could get serious about a writing career, she had to quit taking herself so seriously.
Originating in Persia, the style of Hindustani vocal music called ghazal migrated to India in the 12th century. Ghazals are mostly love songs (the word means “to talk amorously with women”) built around formal Urdu couplets, with five or more stanzas that twist and turn but always come back to the same rhyme. Ghulam Ali, […]
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan gives a nuanced performance in this earnest follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), playing a westernized NRI (nonresident Indian) who returns home to bring his old nanny (Kishori Ballal ) to the U.S. Touched by his country’s poverty and frustrated by traditional attitudes toward […]
Nothing livens up a poetry reading like a nice pair of tits.
A few years ago New York new-music composer Michael Gordon hit the London discos with Damian leGassick, a computer musician who’s worked with the likes of Madonna, K.D. Lang, and Blur. LeGassick had suggested that Gordon experiment with dance music, and the ensuing collaboration produced two songs on Gordon’s new Light Is Calling (Nonesuch) that […]
Last year painter Jim Dempsey was helping his friend John Corbett transport some paintings for a retrospective on Chicago-based artist Tristan Meinecke when they got to talking about Briggs Dyer. The artist and School of the Art Institute professor was a favorite of Meinecke’s, who credited him as a major influence. Meinecke’s wife had told […]
Christa Donner was a huge fan of Sassy magazine when she was growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “Through them I found out about zine culture, riot grrls, and bands like Sonic Youth,” says the 29-year-old visual artist, who now edits the zine Ladyfriend. In 1993, Donner sent in some head shots and illustrations in […]
Organist Dennis Wolkowicz’s first outing as an accompanist for a full-length silent film was a near disaster. Fifteen minutes into the 1923 classic Hunchback of Notre Dame, the former church organist ran out of material. “It was the loneliest feeling in the world,” says Wolkowicz, who performs under the name Jay Warren. He ended up […]
Edward Thomas-Herrera’s mother battled cancer three times before being diagnosed with an inoperable pancreatic strain in late 2000. “She was already in her 70s by that point, and this was going to most likely kill her,” says Thomas-Herrera. “The thing we didn’t know was how long she was going to make it–how long she was […]
Aleksandra Hodowany was finishing up a film degree at Columbia College when she landed a job as a photographer for a small local modeling agency. But after just three weeks she started thinking there was something strange about the operation. “We were taking pictures of people who were overweight, gangbangers, older people,” she says, and […]
Kara Marie Klein and Carol Enoch first performed Emily Schwartz’s Entertaining Mr. Topps in 2001, when all three were students at Indiana University. The show was an eye-opener for the actors. “I thought it was this touching, very dramatic piece, and that my character was this very sad person,” says Enoch, who played the elder […]
For the final project of their programming and distribution class at the School of the Art Institute last fall, video makers Sara Cough and Colin Palombi helped organize a screening of student work at Jinx Cafe in Wicker Park. They were counting on their 20 classmates showing up plus a handful of interested individuals; instead […]