Last Sunday there was unfamiliar crispness to air; it gave one room to breathe for the first time, it seemed, in months. The sun was bright, and the sky was visibly blue. Wispy clouds rose far north along the lakeshore. As we sat in the upper deck reading the media notes for the day, we […]
To the editors. The July I Reader article called “Child in the Streets”, may succeed as Faulknerian literature, but it does not succeed as journalism at any level. First of all the only audience who could possibly understand what Timothy went through as a child of the streets would be the Reader’s gay audience. The […]
MADRAS PARABLES Curious Theater Branch at Cabaret Voltaire, Cabaret Voltaire is a clean, well-lit coffeehouse at Elston and Cortland, just west of the river. Aside from some very bad (and some not so bad) paintings on the wall, it’s surprisingly homey and unpretentious. As is Madras Parables, which is playing in the back room. Madras […]
Why did the Nuclear Regulatory Commission fire one of its toughest plant inspectors?
MIDNIGHT RUN ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Martin Brest Written by George Gallo With Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, and Dennis Farina. There’s a certain unavoidable imposture in the way critics (and the Academy Awards) generally break commercial movies into constituent parts and distinct contributions. To do this is to assume, […]
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 deceptively passionate, insinuating leads. Although Buster hasn’t been able to duplicate the commercial success of “Lonesome,” his live performances consistently resonate with deep blues feeling […]
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 more than a new Pizza Hut or Burger King. Where the local kids either go off to work someplace else or hang around like a […]
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 morning sun with an ancient hat jammed down over his forehead, he seemed a throwback to the days when every southern town had its street […]
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 works premiered in the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble’s choreographic incubator New Dances, now in its sixth year, share the ensemble’s virtues and vices: its careful […]
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 Furth’s memory play is filled with echoes of All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Country Girl, The Shrike, and especially The Glass Menagerie–products […]
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 pieces tended to wander aimlessly and often endlessly. The artists, while exploring interesting ideas and intriguing images for the most part, seemed unable to structure […]
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 percent chance of perspiration. The next minute–as though someone shouted “Action!”–fat drops are plunging down onto the street, bouncing and glittering like a cascade of […]