Music once rang from the building at 1815 W. Roosevelt Road, filling the west-side night with the sound of the blues. Some of the greatest masters in the music’s history–Howlin’ Wolf, Hubert Sumlin, Freddie King played there. For nearly a decade that address has been one of those ghost-filled meccas that draw blues fans to […]
To the editors: Not only does Chicago Sun-Times political editor Steve Neal embody the seven virtues catalogued by Michael Miner in his “Park Polemics: Why Is This Man Ranting?” (Hot Type, Sept. 1). Sure, Neal’s a troubadour of “inanity,” “sentimentality,” and “sarcasm.” Sure, Neal’s standard of journalistic professionalism includes such staples as his “carefree research,” […]
When abortion is outlawed, only outlaws will do abortions.
YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE Temporary Theater Company at the Okefenokee Playhouse Scratch a lover, and find a foe. –Dorothy Parker, “Ballade of a Great Weariness” If ever the war of the sexes had a correspondent, it was the acerbic Dorothy Parker. Parker reported from the trenches–where she was bloodied by her own two marriages, […]
A man in a navy windbreaker is telling me about the paved area that runs north-south between the two halves of the downtown Marshall Fields, one of the few privately owned “alleys” in the Loop. “Field’s has to close it off to traffic once a year,” he says. “It’s like the Rockefeller Center in New […]
From a distance Schreiber Playground Park, on the far north side, a block north of the intersection of Devon and Ashland, looks much like any other play lot. Next to a tiny field house, low black-and-gray retaining walls surround a large sandbox, two playground areas, and a couple of flower beds. On a warm late-summer […]
BOY’S LIFE Griffin Theatre Company Men are all palaver and what they can get. –Lily the caretaker’s daughter in James Joyce’s “The Dead” Boy’s Life is the slick, vaguely reactionary magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America that has been telling boys for generations now how to fold the flag, how to find your […]
The remarkable Writing in Water (1984), which runs less than half an hour, consists of a collective account by a family and their neighbors in rural Kentucky of a visit by an old friend who has clearly lost his mind. Beautifully articulated, this tape gradually constructs two stories at once–an oblique narrative of a man […]
In Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage (1935 edition), Emily Post recommends the use of a PPC card as a way to ease the process of leave-taking. A PPC card is simply a personal greeting card with the letters PPC written in the corner. PPC stands for the French phrase pour prendre conge–to take […]
THE SEAGULL Touchstone Theatre at the Theatre Building THE SEAGULL Huge Theatre Company at Angel Island Two productions of The Seagull opened last week. The one by Touchstone Theatre has a slick consistency and melodramatic tone. Housed in the comfortable, air-conditioned Theatre Building, the Touchstone show looks every bit the Lake Forest subscription theater trying […]
“That Car Wash movie was just a lot of romance,” says Mario Xavier, the smooth-dressing young manager of the K&K Hand Car Wash on North Clybourn. “All we do is work around here. The business has lost its personality and isn’t very entertaining anymore.” The K&K, which operates in a dull yellow, almost adobe-style structure […]
TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Guy Maddin With Kyle McCulloch, Michael Gottli, Angela Heck, Margaret-Anne MacLeod, Heather Neale, and Caroline Bonner. Given the murky black-and-white photography, the fascination with repulsive medical details, the loony deadpan humor, the impoverished characters and settings, and the dreamlike drift of bizarre and […]
CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO at Orchestra Hall July 7 and 30 GRANT PARK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Petrillo Music Shell July 15 and 16 CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Christ Universal Temple August 18 and 19 The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has two great hopes for the 90s, and neither of them is Daniel Barenboim. The choice […]
From the age of five I was dispatched to Nebraska each summer with a huge corsage pinned to my dress. My life meshed with my odd relatives and I became part of their web of intrigue.
In a city where high-school basketball stars are recruited, not made, King High’s coach plays the game so well that some rivals complain he must be doing something wrong.