“Fear Nothing–Be Down for the Whole Thing Tour” was emblazoned at the top of the leaflet. Underneath that: “Carl Dix, National Spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party, Delivers an Urgent Message to the Youth.” The tour was to hit Detroit, LA, New York, and other cities. Late last month was Chicago’s turn, at the United […]
In 1986 filmmaker Nettie Wild happened to be in the Philippines during the “peaceful revolution” that brought Cory Aquino to power. Wild had gone there to make a political documentary; she had a crew, financing, and plenty of film, but she decided not to shoot a foot of it. Instead, in what she describes as […]
You might not guess it given the armed forces’ current policies, but the national gay subculture came out of World War II.
“Why don’t you write that a person with a broken mind can be mended? And he can go on being useful like me. Broken minds can go on to being productive, like me.” That’s Henry Turner speaking, senior citizen, possibly classifiable as senile, certainly dysfunctional in various aspects of mind and body–an old guy from […]
Bruce Woods is not a household name in the world of fashion and design. But then he doesn’t aim to be. Working from his north-side apartment, he designs and crochets one-of-a-kind skirts, tops, dresses, jackets, even coats for individual clients. “Crochet” may suggest a kind of craft or folk art, but that is not what […]
“We wanted to have a women’s show that wasn’t polite or nice, one that expressed angry attitudes.” “You know, a lot of women’s art is very decorative and aesthetic.” “This is not just giving women a voice, but it’s using art as a way of taking a stand.” “We wanted it to be threatening.” “We […]
Reconsidering The Closing of the American Mind: Why did so many readers latch on to the crotchety complaints of an obscure elitist?
The Flag-on-Floor Flap: Readings From the Book of Comments
“I’m a cynical person,” says filmmaker Denis Mueller, “but it was much worse than I thought.” He learned about the systematic program of disinformation and repression launched against radical black groups in the late 1960s in the process of making a film. COINTELPRO–an acronym for “counter-intelligence program”–was a multipronged offensive launched by J. Edgar Hoover’s […]
When James Baldwin died, just under two years ago, he seemed to have been almost forgotten, a relic of the 1950s and the early 60s, a man whose passionate essays and novels had been early manifestations of the black revolt and whose unashamed sexuality had pointed to the even later gay-liberation movement. Yet his funeral […]
Week 3: A Day-by-Day Guide
Up on the fourth floor of the Public Library Cultural Center, there’s a series of partitioned spaces filled with strange objects and constructions–“site-specific installations,” as they’re known in the art world. Such works, built specifically for a particular site and often creating an environment into which the viewer enters, are not readily salable commodities. Indeed, […]
* = recommended Friday October 13 *Yaaba Idrissa Ouedraogo’s first feature film, The Choice, chronicling the long trek of a family forced by drought to leave their home, was a film about displacement. His second, Yaaba, on the other hand, is about having a place in the world. A young boy and girl, playing on […]
Do the offerings of the city’s semiofficial film fest look a trifle dull and mainstreamy? If that’s how you’re feeling these days, perhaps you’d enjoy a little movie called C’mon Babe (Danke Schoen), which combines footage of lemmings scurrying to their deaths with bits of song by Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Cash. “A […]