Buster Benton scored big locally with his gospel-tinged “Lonesome for a Dime” a few years back; it remains his signature tune, and the perfect vehicle for his gritty-sweet voice and […]
Humboldt Park is the kind of neighborhood where an entrepreneur is someone who opens a bar, a little restaurant, or maybe a resale joint. Where economic development usually means little […]
When Jim Brewer played on Maxwell Street on Sunday mornings, he looked like blues history come to life. Grizzled and blind, hunched over his guitar or autoharp in the early […]
NEW DANCES ’88 Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble and guest artists at Ruth Page Foundation July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 Hatchlings resemble their parents, and most of the […]
A fine new biography of Truman Capote leaves us contemplating the strange spectacle of the artist in a world of celebrity. Would Jane Austen have done the Tonight Show?
PRECIOUS SONS Pegasus Players Precious Sons takes place in 1949, and it could very well have been written in or around that year, too. Funny, harrowing, and very moving, George […]
DANCE AND MORE FOR $1.98 MoMing Dance & Arts Center July 15, 16, and 17 This second week of new choreographic works at MoMing provided frustratingly disappointing fare. The six […]
One minute I’m looking out at the oppressive Saturday afternoon sky, thinking that rain never falls on Chicago anymore, even when it looks like it will. Extended forecast: hellish; 99 […]
Financially, legally, and in a variety of other ways, growing older is getting harder–especially for women. Grace Halperin, a soft-spoken but persistent 74-year-old widow, is a leader in the movement for change.
Possibly the most radical of the “black exploitation” films of the 70s, this movie was an overnight success when it was released in 1973, and then was abruptly taken out […]
Trapeze artist Jessica Hentoff has what seems a rather nonchalant attitude toward her job. When she’s on the road, getting from city to city bothers her more than hanging 100 […]
AN EVENING OF STRAVINSKY at Mandel Hall, University of Chicago July 16 The Artist in the Park program is a unique project sponsored by a large apartment building in Hyde […]
A Doc and His Sox We called Dr. Harold Klawans, Chicago’s preeminent neurologist, to razz him a little. About 15 years ago he’d prescribed a drug called Fiorinal to stop […]
SYBIL’S PLAYHOUSE at the Roxy There’s a sadistic side to comedy improvisation: the audience makes the request and the comics take the lumps. They don’t get to boo our bad […]
After work I bought a pair of black work shoes at this small department store on Southport. A guy at work told me about them. He said they were just […]