Presented by the Chicago Rainforest Action Group, the Rainforest Film Festival will run from Saturday, October 21, through Sunday, October 29. Screenings will be held at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield; the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 2001 N. Clark; the Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash; Facets Multimedia Center, […]
The surprising thing about Roland Joffe’s movie about the building of the first atomic bomb is that, for all its unevenness as filmmaking–with a fragmented story line, unconvincing period dialogue, and a soupy Ennio Morricone score that would be more appropriate in a Sergio Leone epic–it still comes across as an unusually intelligent and provocative […]
Need a coral reef? A dinosaur? A transparent human body? Museum directors all over the world know that Richard Rush is the man to see.
The 25th Chicago International Film Festival moves into its second full week with a fair number of worthwhile films, including what are probably the two best parts of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue (the grim A Short Film About Killing and the exquisite A Short Film About Love), Maurizio Nichetti’s hilarious The Icicle Thief, several retrospective items, […]
STEPHANIE SKURA AND COMPANY at MoMing Dance & Arts Center October 12-15 Stephanie Skura is not the first or the only dancer to create a piece to a Beethoven symphony. Though never intended to be danced, his nine symphonies have inspired several choreographers in our century. Ballets have been made to the Fourth, Seventh, and […]
A CONSTANT STATE OF DESIRE Karen Finley at Edge of the Lookingglass October 4-8 Karen Finley’s A Constant State of Desire is like a seance, with Finley acting the medium extraordinaire. Finley delivers a series of monologues–for lack of a better term–in a feverish, incantatory cadence meant to evoke the spirits of the characters described. […]
IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY Second City The quality of improv is not strained. Good trial-and-error sketches build from premise to punch line as naturally as the yuks that follow. Whatever twists occur along the way should feel almost inevitable–not thrown in to perplex us after we’ve given up on any other potential interest. […]