Music From China Old Town School of Folk Music, April 1 Music From China performs music that doesn’t follow Western rules. But during a recent performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music they showed me the similarities: the way musicians East and West use fast tempi for urgency or joy, slow for sorrow […]
A Gathering of the Gate of Horn Crowd
Height: Five-feet-ten, give or take a few inches Marital Status: Separated, hoping to be reunited Employer: Snap-On Tools Favorite Food: Blood sausage Favorite Drink: Cutty and Slice Song: “Is That All There Is?” Favorite Movies: Free Willy, Where’s Poppa?, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Words to Live By: Matthew 5:29: “… for it is profitable for […]
Establishing shot of James Stockdale in thongs, sunglasses, and baggy American-flag swim trunks, waddling up to a deck chair at poolside with a tall drink of something in a frosty glass: as he lowers his bulk onto the chair, FADE UP RHYTHM TRACK, a steady medium-tempo rap beat similar to Hammer’s “This Is the Way […]
When Josh Samos, manager of the Buckingham Bike Shop, read the city’s new report on cycling strategy in the 90s, it made him happy. “I loved the thought that they are really trying to accommodate bicycles in Chicago. I like the fact that the city has recognized the difficulty of bicycling in Chicago and made […]
When classically trained musicians get their hands on folk songs, strange music may result; ballads with simple vigor can become recital-room orchids or unintentional comedy. A few longhairs, however, have a feeling for traditional song–Judy Collins, who started as a classical pianist, comes to mind, and certainly Kathy Cowan, a singer’s singer who performs in […]
In what they brought to life–enthusiasm, passionate curiosity, and an egalitarian spirit evinced by their willingness to sit down and talk with any punk who had the balls to ask–they were two of a kind.
The Zagat survey of restaurants, a familiar phenomenon to diners in New York City, arrived in Chicago last year, and 1,200 local foodies volunteered their opinions on the city’s eateries for it. The published compilation of all those opinions, the Zagat Chicago Restaurant Survey, went to three printings, and the publishers are now in the […]
“I got 13 years in this business. That’s enough,” Dean Karabatsos explains over a beer in the front room of Gaspars, a lovely old nightclub at Southport and Belmont that pioneered the local new-wave music scene. The Karabatsos family has sold Gaspars (the asking price was a half million dollars), and Dean isn’t sorry. “It’s […]
At an outdoor cafe across from the Art Institute, two men are enjoying hefty portions of pasta, bread, salads, and chicken parmesan, twirling fettuccine into their skinny selves with the gusto of lumberjacks as a chubby gourmand journalist watches enviously. The men are Chris Farrell, a Chicago folksinger who recently released his first album, Night […]
I think that there might be a cranky person inside all of us. –Merle Kessler My telephone rings, and a most familiar voice is on the line. Merle Kessler, aka Ian Shoales, is talking about Ian’s upcoming concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday–the first comedy concert, according to school director […]
In the barroom, a jazz trio wails. In the restaurant–a sleek modern space with parquet floors, marble tables, comfortable blue banquettes, and a snazzy spotlit food bar–handsome young servers are delivering appetizers, entrees, and “tastings” (grazing-size portions) ranging from Hung Tao Dragon Noodles to chicken flautas with avocado relish to insalata di calimari. Stodgy Evanston […]
Entering the restaurant pool with a splash isn’t all that hard to do–remember Cucina Cucina?–but toughing it out over the long haul is another matter. Times and tastes change, and a savvy restaurateur has to stay flexible while keeping his old customers and good employees. Mi Casa-Su Casa at 2524 N. Southport seems to have […]
It was a dirty little job, but somebody had to do it.