Toshiko Akiyoshi is one of jazz’s more intriguting phenomena, in that she single-handedly gives the lie to so many misconceptions all at once. She did not move to America (from Japan, where she had moved from her native China) until she was in her mid-20s–yet she plays a distinctly American brand of jazz piano with […]
PERFORMANCE CHICAGO Joanna Frueh and Heidi A. Lang at the Dance Center of Columbia College February 24 and 25 Debora Duez Donato, originator of “Performance Chicago,” needs to raise the standards for these works. Both pieces presented on the second weekend–Joanna Frueh’s Mouth Piece and Heidi A. Lang’s Breaking It–seemed thin, unfinished, and flat, giving […]
The last three days of a five-day festival, now in its eighth year, that highlights film and video shorts and features by women, including documentary, animated, narrative, and experimental works. It continues Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12, at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont. Films and videos are grouped under such program headings as […]
Another Art Institute Student Thumbs Nose at Public
POCKET THEATRE, PRT. I (LAMBS OF GOD) Main Line Productions at Club Dreamerz The best theater is engaged in the search for truth, and Pocket Theatre, Prt. I (Lambs of God) is the best theater I’ve seen in a long, long time. Not the most polished theater, mind you–although the level of writing and acting […]
BALLET CHICAGO at the Civic Center for Performing Arts March 2-5 Let’s face it. Chicago is kind of a staid place. It wears furry hats and nylon boots. It adores its football team. It writes in Ed Vrdolyak. The ballet repertoire can be rather staid, too. Put the two together, and there’s the potential for […]
One gray, cheerless morning it came time for me to check out the new Pursuit of Happiness LP, Love Junk. At first it sounded exactly like the kind of 1970s mainstream hard rock that once served as sound track to my adolescent life: tough, tight, edgy riffs blasting with impeccable Todd Rundgren-produced sonic force out […]
The most intricately and cleverly plotted of all the recent body-exchange and/or heaven movies, written by the sisters Perry and Randy Howze (Maid to Order, Mystic Pizza), and directed by Emile Ardolino (Dirty Dancing). I don’t want to give away too much of the story, which invites the spectator to flirt with the idea of […]
ROOSTERS Latino Chicago I’ve never been to a cockfight. All I know about them is what you see on TV, or in B movies, where they throw in a cockfight scene to add some local color. Such scenes invariably conclude with a heartbroken campesino cradling a limp, bloody chicken and exiting silently as the victorious […]
Are the media underestimating the potential of the Evans campaign? Does he have a chance to win?
Ed and Selena Johnson were married cops caught in a classic pattern of domestic violence. The CPD could have helped, but it left Ed to handle the problem in his own way. He shot her eight times, then held two guns to his own head.
Big Fuss at the Art Institute In 1913, when New York’s Armory Show came to the Art Institute, giving Chicagoans their first long look at the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Duchamp, an outraged public rose to defend the female form. Hard as it is to believe, the passion and reverence now reserved for the […]
A WINTER TAN *** (A must-see) Directed by Jackie Burroughs, Louise Clark, John Frizzell, John Walker, and Aerlyn Weissman Written by Burroughs With Burroughs, Erando Gonzales, Javier Torres, and Diana d’Aquila. A Winter Tan is startling because it mainly succeeds in its aims though they’re based on at least three dubious premises. The first is […]
About ten years ago, Robert Tyrrell heard there was an Anna’s hummingbird nesting at the San Diego Zoo. He had been trying to get a good photograph of a hummingbird for almost two years, and he’d just been given some new equipment, an old-fashioned strobe with an extra-short flash. He’d had plenty of opportunities to […]
In the basement of Orchestra Hall a young girl drums her leg with her fingers, practicing an arpeggio. Another girl listens to a Walkman, trying to memorize a portion of a piece of music. A small boy tucks a violin under his chin and starts to tune it. The other people in the room glare […]