The man enters the Wiener’s Circle, the hot-dog stand at Clark and Wrightwood, with more than just a hint of bravado. He opens both of the double doors in a wide, sweeping motion and plants himself firmly in the center of the doorway. After looking at the upper and lower perimeters of the doorway twice, […]
A session teaming Chicago blues patriarch Sunnyland Slim with Muddy Waters’s legendary guitarist Jimmy Rogers is a rare treat in itself; the addition of John Primer on guitar makes this one of the most intriguing bookings we’re likely to see for a while. Primer was educated in the Ivy League of Chicago blues: his teachers […]
Listening to the caller on the other end of the line, Alan Cahn looks distinctly surprised. “Houston! How did you get my name? Uh-huh. Really? Houston?” A pharmacist with a tiny storefront at Thorndale and Winthrop, Cahn might have the most popular pharmacy phone number in America. Besides being swamped with Chicago customers, he regularly […]
This weekend marks Mozart’s 234th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with David Schrader performing (with the City Musick) the Piano Concerto no. 21 in C Major on fortepiano in a new edition by Richard Maunder, the famed musicologist who reconstructed the Mozart Requiem an C Minor Mass for Christopher Hogwood. If your […]
Tony Adler reviews Court Theatre’s 1990 production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts.
Controlling purpose: To demonstrate the effects of liquid nitrogen on the compression of gases. You’ll need: A vat filled with liquid nitrogen, a balloon, a healthy pair of lungs. Step one: Take a deep breath and inflate your balloon. Step two: Tie the balloon so no air can escape. Step three: Take the inflated balloon […]
An engineer at WFMT for 28 years, most of them good ones, Alfred Antlitz now finds himself running the station during one of the worst. “I never thought I’d be in this position,” he told us. “I almost can’t explain it.” But there he is. “My background is in the ministry, by the way, so […]
PETER SERKIN at Orchestra Hall November 26 CAROL WINCENC AND FRIENDS at Orchestra Hall January 8 I’m not sure whether a trend is developing here, but a number of performers have been presenting recitals of what they wish us to believe is all “new” music, thereby making it look as if they’re doing their bit […]
THE LEARNED LADIES Commons Theatre It must have been the weather forecast for Friday night: snow and sleet. There’s no other excuse for the poor attendance at Commons Theatre’s production of Moliere’s Learned Ladies. Thirty people, in a house designed to hold over a hundred, is disgraceful. Especially for this fresh, sprightly production of a […]
Torture by Electroshock: Could it happen in a Chicago police station? Did it happen at Area 2?
To the editors: Well, it took me a while, but I finally dug it up: proof positive of Polkow’s perfidious prevarication in the public prints. When we last saw our hero, he was accusing one Susan Johnson of N. Sheridan of not having read his review of bass Dimitri Kavrakos [Letters, November 17],. but only […]
XSIGHT! PERFORMANCE GROUP at Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center of Northwestern University January 19, 20, 26, and 27 Xsight! Performance Group, appearing at Northwestern in what was essentially a college exhibition, had their young audience firmly in hand–alternately laughing, puzzled, and charmed. And they did it despite a minuscule stage with a horribly awkward entrance […]
To the editors: Although the socio-economic climate which served as catalyst, incubator, and motivator for alternative newspapers similar to the Reader has changed, never-the-less, the essential need for moral integrity should definitely be maintained, both in practice and in principle. Unfortunately, the inspired principals who first founded the Reader have lost the vision and consequently […]
BREAKING THE CODE Interplay “That’s the way of the world,” says Alan Turing in Hugh Whitemore’s biographical drama Breaking the Code. “One never seems to hear of the really great mathematicians.” True enough, for a very simple reason: few writers of books, plays, or movies have been able to make an intellectual “sexy” enough, as […]
To the editors: As the Subject of a jab in The City File of 11/10/89, I have to point out that Mr. Henderson is wrong on three counts. First, he labels the item “Dangers of Liberal Education.” The information which led to the quote Mr. Henderson cited came from a news radio or network TV […]