CAVALCADES IN LEARNING Chris Sullivan at Randolph Street Gallery January 27 and 28 Chris Sullivan is one of the most skilled performers I’ve ever seen, exploring a richly imagined universe of grotesque characters in a wholly idiosyncratic and disarmingly sincere performance style. Sullivan simply tells stories–or more accurately, tells stories about himself telling stories–but the […]
TAP ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Nick Castle Jr. With Gregory Hines, Suzzanne Douglas, Savion Glover, Joe Morton, Dick Anthony Williams, “Sandman” Sims, Bunny Briggs, and Sammy Davis Jr. One of the more poignant effects of contemporary Hollywood has been the virtual extinction of at least two of the major genres that served […]
THE CHOCOLATE WAR *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Keith Gordon With John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Wally Ward. What would your prognosis be for the following movie? It’s an adaptation of a novel that has attracted a substantial cult of adolescent readers, written and directed by a young actor best known for playing […]
If more people voted, the argument goes, the nation might move toward the left. But if the left could find a way to move the nation, maybe more people would vote.
One Burner Cookery, published in the 1940s, was meant for people in the war years who cooked on an electric hot plate or served from a chafing dish. In the cookbook’s narrative portion, however, author Flora Harris seems to speak strictly to the chafing-dish crowd. “Do you live to entertain friends and be a social […]
These masked dancers are Tarascan Indians taking part in one of the many annual festivals held in their southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan. They are dressed as viejitos, or respected elders. Their dance, which concerns the struggle between the viejitos, representing beauty and order, and the feos, representing ugliness and chaos, is a Christmastime ceremony […]
Often he is, when it’s easy and expedient. But when the political stakes are high, he usually lies low.
When I read the ingredients of certain foods, I often see something of this sort: “…oil (may contain one or more of the following: soybean, safflower, palm, and/or lard)…” Don’t the food companies know what they’re putting in their own products? Don’t they care? I mean, they’re either putting lard in the food or they’re […]
DREAMINGS: THE ABORIGINAL ART OF AUSTRALIA David and Alfred Smart Gallery In the painting Kulijarra, dark ocher lines slash from concentric circles in the middle of the canvas out to each corner. Parallel lines of small gray, white, and mustard acrylic dots fill the triangular spaces between the ocher lines. The dots that curve along […]
“All of our native plants have their own stories they’re trying to tell,” writes Robert Lonsdorf in Prairie Projections (January 1989), the newsletter of the North Branch Prairie Project. “Some take a few human generations to tell it. This unfinished work of allowing the earth to say ‘prairies’ and ‘savannas’ again is a contract of […]
They went to the fourth annual Cubs Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel last weekend to rub elbows with beloved Cubs players, past and present, and to bend elbows with Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray. But 11 miles to the west, at the Hillside Holiday Inn, they came looking for “Fuck Face.” There were […]
SUFFERING FOOLS Commons Theatre I always thought history was about the past until I stumbled across The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills. In his essay, Mills distinguishes between personal troubles and social issues. If a husband and wife can’t get along, they have personal trouble, Mills says. But if they live in a society […]
In his classic book A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold wrote of how winter might look to various animals in cold climates like ours. For a meadow mouse, our warm, nearly snowless January would have been a disaster. Meadow mice spend the summer collecting grasses and storing them in caches on their home territories. These […]
Small Time: The Shake-up at Chicago Times What happened at Chicago Times is an old story. The people with the money decided it was being wasted. So they stepped in. “How could a magazine have failed more convincingly than Chicago Times has failed with respect to its business plan of 12/86?” wondered Tom Small, chairman […]