After producing the first atomic chain reaction at the University of Chicago in 1942, it was buried in Red Gate Woods near 95th and Archer. May it rest in peace.
BROKEN MIRRORS ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Marleen Gorris With Lineke Rijxman and Henrietta Tol. Suppose you go to a movie with a friend of the opposite sex. Soon your friend is laughing in the most unseemly fashion at humor that leaves you cold, and that furthermore seems calculated to insult anyone of […]
The baseball season is off to a strange start, in which opposites collide and throw sparks. In the six games I’ve scored this young season, home runs were a team’s first hit seven times. Now, that includes the Wrigley Field outing of the Montreal Expos’ Bob Sebra, who gave up a homer to Leon Durham […]
Wheelchair-bound activists vs. the CTA: Don’t give us rides, give us lifts.
The blue-and-yellow Cine Olympia (nee Commodore) stands on Irving Park Road just west of Sacramento. A poster advertises Superman II, the last film (circa 1982) that played here. Further west, at Austin, the Patio theater lies vacant. The marquee announces “Closed for renovation,” which the manager of another theater describes as a euphemism for “We […]
You could say that Luciano Castelli lives life and art as an inseparable whole. Since 1973, the Swiss-born artist has concocted elaborate fantasies, costumed himself for them — dressing as women, animals, pirates — and documented them (and himself) in photographs and film footage that in turn became the basis for his beautiful, often erotic […]
PINTER/PATTER Stage Left Theatre There are two one-act plays on the evening’s bill: The Patter of Tiny Mice, an original work by local playwright Anne Godden-Segard, and The Lover, a 1963 play by Harold Pinter. The Lover is excellent. The only problem is that you have to sit through the other play first. Wouldn’t you […]
Being a Christian on Easter Sunday is embarrassing enough. Must we have a tacky TV Passion zooming in on the nail wounds in super-slo-mo instant replay?
ROUGHHOUSIN’ Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperial Alligator Records ALC 4749 HARD TIMES Johnny B. Moore B.L.U.E.S. R&B BRB 3604 Some of the most seminal events in blues history have been the result of blind luck. Muddy Waters’s beginnings at Aristocrat Records were typical: a chance appearance at a local union hall where an Aristocrat […]
In an essay we want the process of thinking, not the result. The writer’s job is not to be right, but to be interesting even while being wrong.
SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA *** (A must-see) Written by Spalding Gray Directed by Jonathan Demme With Spalding Gray. In Plato’s republic Spalding Gray would be among the first asked to pack his bags. The old Greek could not abide poets, whose art he saw as an imitation of a reality that was already a faint shadow […]
Acting Playwright When we first encountered Neil Gray Giuntoli last October, he was portraying a murderous scumbag named T.J. Rael in a storefront theater on Clybourn Avenue a few doors up from the old headquarters of the Hell’s Henchmen. He played the part to a fare-thee-well. He was amazing. “A performance of gripping intensity,” said […]
To you they might look like weeds and fungi. To forager Wes Wagar, they’re dinner.
To the editors: I was intrigued by Cecil Adams’s answer to the person inquiring about stegosaurus who was thought to have a brain up its butt [The Straight Dope, February 20]. Actually, the species lives today. Its habitat is vast. It lives without shame among us, and can usually be recognized by its excessive vocalism, […]
Color-blind casting?. Oh, the point’s obvious enough. You’re a director and you want to use this terrific black actor, and you don’t want to do Othello. Presto! He’s Richard III. Color-blind casting. But what about the term itself. Isn’t there a bit of wishful thinking there? Could we watch a black Richard III, for instance, […]