To the editors: I found Cecil Adams’s discussion of the Nazi swastika interesting, and wished to make a response. As this topic has already been discussed in two columns [The Straight Dope, February 20 and April 24], your receptivity to more of the same may be minimal. Nevertheless: The Nazi fylfot, known as the swastika […]
To the editors: I enjoyed your May 29 piece on Curt Johnson and December Press, but noted one error: you mistakenly wrote that the Otis Ferguson Reader, December’s only moneymaking book, was edited by a John Wilson. The editor was Robert E. Wilson, December’s longtime film editor before his death in 1983. Thanks for printing […]
The final three days of a four-day, 15-feature retrospective, sponsored by V.S.O.P. Cognac and intended to honor black films and filmmakers of the last 50 years. All screenings will be held at the Fine Arts Theatre, 418 S. Michigan, Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14. Tickets are $4 for each film; for information, call […]
Jerry Johnson does not look mean or evil. He’s polite and friendly, favors blue jeans and sweatshirts, and has plain boyish features. In fact, he looks like your average 15-year-old. But several months ago he ran away from home. He doesn’t like to talk about it all that much. Life at home, he says, got […]
Down at the Cubby Bear recently, Eleventh Dream Day was on, and as usual, things were exciting as hell. Even the covers–Modern Lovers, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, etc–sounded like originals. They all bore a distinctive Eleventh Dream Day stamp: wiry and raw, hard-bitten and hard-hitting. After the band quit, though, the players looked discouraged. I […]
Memories of the Negro Leagues and Notes on the Integration, to Use the Term Loosely, of Major League Baseball
Saturday Night, 11 PM: Do you know where your grandparents are?
Dave Marsh’s court biography of Bruce Springsteen bows when it ought to bite–but behind it lie some intriguing political questions.
MYSTERIES OF THE BRIDAL NIGHT and THREE VARIATIONS ON THE THEME OF PAIN Blind Parrot Productions at CrossCurrents DEALING Northlight Theatre The difference between a perfectly decent person and a monster is just a few thoughts. –Wallace Shawn, from “The Appendix to Aunt Dan & Lemon.” You trust waiters not to spit in your soup. […]
Although Nicholas Tremulis is billed by Island Records as a solo act, I’m nonetheless convinced it’s actually the band that makes his shows special. They’re quite simply one of the most overwhelming R & B outfits around, approaching the sound and feel of an old-fashioned soul revue but laced with a few quirky 80s twists. […]
It’s no secret that in the last few decades, Hollywood filmmaking has become increasingly standardized and homogenized. Large productions often look like each other; many new films also look like television shows. A corollary of this is that some of the freshest, most innovative, and most energetic American narrative filmmaking has taken place on the […]
While watching TV the other night I saw a commercial that repeated the old saying, “an elephant never forgets.” Never forgets what? Is it true pachyderms have unparalleled powers of recollection? Also, is it still possible to get a copy of your book on human knowledge? –Carlos D. McCullough, Chicago Carlos, not only is my […]
A week’s worth of new films from Europe, many of them U.S. premieres, sponsored by Cinema/Chicago and the American Film Institute. All screenings will be held at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Friday, June 12: through Thursday, June 18. Individual tickets are $6, $5 for Cinema/Chicago and American Film Institute members; for information, […]
Official body count from the Illinois turkey-hunting season, April 22-May 3 in 22 downstate counties: 1,411 wild turkeys (dead), 5 hunters (injured). “Stop to examine the wild leek that grows profusely along the trail,” advise Pat Allen and Gerald De Ruiter in Backpacking in Michigan. “When stepped on, it gives off an aroma that might […]
FATS: HIS LIFE AND TIMES ETA Creative Arts Foundation The image I’ve always had of jazz musician Fats Waller, based on his recordings and the few film appearances I’ve seen, has always been that of the sad clown. Behind the devilish, risque, slightly campy, eager-to-please facade that Waller projected, I sensed, lay a reservoir of […]