To the editors: As a Conservative Jew, presumably I am dangerously close to demonstrating “cultlike” behavior because I choose to keep kosher, attend services on Shabbat (Sabbath), and observe other traditional Jewish rituals. Curiously, in the world of Florence Hamlish Levinsohn, author of “The Importance of Being Jewish” [August 7], only Reconstructionist and Reform Jews […]
To the editors: I was thrilled to see that Julie Phillips, in her July 31 piece, “Boomed Out,” recognizes that there is life beyond the baby boom. There is indeed a new generation on the scene today that is seeking to establish its own identity. What is puzzling to me is why it is that […]
When the wrecking ball took down the Kellogg mansions at Oakdale and Commonwealth, Llani O’Connor felt not only a personal loss but a loss to the neighborhood. “I would walk by those three homes and they always made me feel good–they were really something,” O’Connor said with more than a touch of sadness in her […]
NO WAY OUT *** (A must-see) Directed by Roger Donaldson Written by Robert Garland With Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, and Will Patton. Remakes have become almost as ruinous a plague in recent years as the sequelitis epidemic that set in during the 70s. Watching them is usually an unhappy experience for reviewers and […]
Coinciding with the Film Center’s Jim McBride retrospective (whose most provocative program, on Thursday, August 20, combined the flaky sex comedy Hot Times and a brilliant Twilight Zone episode about Elvis, The Once and Future King) is the release of McBride’s least personal and most commercial movie to date. Rewriting a hackneyed crooked-cop story by […]
The Care and Breeding fo Thoroughbred Racers
The contras’ leader spoke recently at a University Club breakfast. Here are a few of the things he neglected to mention.
Tom Mates wants to irradiate your food. He swears it’s safe.
The Bears, the Bunnymen, and the Corridor of Mud
When Judy Roberts sings “I Got It Bad,” she starts in the middle of the tune–at the bridge–and so by the time she hits the more familiar main melody, it’s in a different context, and it sounds slightly out of place and altogether fresh. At her best, Roberts offers up subtle touches like that in […]
EDEN COURT Skin of Our Teeth Productions at the New Lincoln Theatre Is God dead? Do our lives have any meaning in the universe? What is the secret of happiness? Enquiring minds want to know. That’s Eden Court in a nutshell. Murphy Guyer’s comedy veers strangely, unevenly, but engagingly between the “big questions” and lamebrain, […]
I got this bizarre queasy feeling last week while driving down Highway 61 in Minnesota. The Replacements’ sixth album, Pleased to Meet Me, was blasting through my sister’s boom box, and like most of their recent sold-out show at the Riviera, it sounded just great–more than inspirational, a little over the edge, and neither larger […]
Carlos Eguis knows the powers of Afro-Cuban music. For 25 years he has played drums at santeria rituals, both in Cuba and Chicago. And his playing has helped inspire some things he can’t explain. “I know there’s something there,” he says. “I’ve seen things that have made me respect. But I’m not a religious person. […]
Have you ever considered the puzzle of doubling ancestors? Everybody has two parents, four grandparents, eight great grandparents, and so on back through time, with the number of ancestors doubling in each generation. Go back 30 generations and the number of ancestors tops one billion. Eventually we arrive at a time when we have more […]
It’s one thing for a 70-year-old trumpeter–who happens to be the most historically important jazzman living. and who not incidentally still sounds terrific–to continue touring, as Gillespie has done. But it’s quite another to find him employing the talents of a revolutionary from another jazz era (Sam Rivers) in what promises to be a quite […]