Last night A Magical Cirque Christmas opened at CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe), starring magician Lucy Darling (aka Carisa Hendrix) as hostess. Hendrix’s alter ego is a 1920s-style screwball dipsomaniac with a special talent for making bottles of booze and cocktails appear and disappear. She’ll be joining a lineup of circus artists in this family-friendly […]
Sapphire and Crystals, the 36-year-old collective of African American women artists in Chicago, celebrates their legacy of exhibiting and supporting the work of women artists of African descent with “Forward,” an exhibition that closes on Fri 9/2 at the Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th St.). Since the collective’s first show at the South Side […]
If you’re seeking a rootin’ tootin’ good time that’s really outta this world, look no further than the Cosmic Country Cookout at Judson & Moore (3057 N. Rockwell, Building 5). From 2-10 PM, the organizers behind the Cosmic Country Showcase, a campy quarterly revue that happens at the Hideout, host an expanded version of the […]
When Luis Carreon takes the stage at the Chicago Magic Lounge, he’s pure old-school vaudeville, an elegant throwback in silver-toed boots and a tuxedo subtly imprinted with crushed velvet roses. He swoops around the stage to the beat of swirling music, spinning gold from fire and pulling rose petals from a fluttering deep-purple handkerchief. It’s […]
Back in the Before Times, I saw Carisa Hendrix perform as her alter ego, dipsomaniacal Lucy Darling, at the Chicago Magic Lounge. Combining va-va-voom Golden Age of Screwball Comedy glitz and sass with sleight-of-hand involving making bottles of whiskey appear and disappear, Hendrix/Darling’s act both celebrates and upends the “sexy assistant” trope in magic. She’s […]
When I think of ventriloquism in film, my thoughts flash to the commercials for 1978’s Magic that creeped me out as a kid. I wasn’t alone; according to the IMDb trivia page, the original trailer for this psychological horror film was pulled from broadcast after parents complained. (“Fats,” the murderous dummy who seemingly possesses Anthony […]
Take it from her roommate, who hears every note.
What our listings coordinator is musing about this week
Wind ’em up and watch ’em make magic.
I’m sure you’re expecting a takedown here, since at some point in the past two decades it apparently became unforgivable for a band to record a phoned-in cover of “I’m a Believer” for a family movie starring an animated green ogre. I don’t blame anyone who sees Smash Mouth as a joke, since they’ve squandered […]
To fully appreciate the magician’s sensory illusions, you need to be in the room with her.
The two magicians headline the Chicago Magic Lounge this month.
The “shared hallucinations” feel like real illusions.
A Near Death Experience can be fun!
Director JD Dillard’s feature debut is a smart and tender low-budget thriller.