AS IS Staged Encounters at the Fine Arts Building As Is has been a long time getting here. Too long. William M. Hoffman’s drama about love in the time of AIDS was produced off and then on Broadway in 1985; in 1986 it was made into a cable-TV movie starring Robert Carradine and Colleen Dewhurst. […]
To the editors: I think that all library users must have groaned in despair upon reading “Take My Cultural Center–Please!” in the Jan. 5 issue [The Culture Club]. Of course not only the present administration, but also the recent past Library Board seem to have forgotten what the Cultural Center was all about. At the […]
The problem with the old-boy network is that they’re still boys. “Every really successful woman I know wants to become either an entrepreneur or a freelancer and go into business for herself,” says contributing editor Liz Mitchell in Today’s Chicago Woman (January 1990). “That’s because she doesn’t want to sit in the corporate lunchroom or […]
CHICAGO STRING ENSEMBLE at Hammerschmidt Chapel January 20 CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Orchestra Hall January 25 At the head of just about everyone’s list of the greatest musical works of the Western world is Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor. It is among a half dozen or so masterpieces that are flawless in virtually […]
To the editors: Perhaps while Mayor Daley is trying to get Streets & San to plant additional trees in our city [“Green Streets,” January 19], he should try to wean that agency away from its absurd, Byrne-era overuse of road de-icing chemicals. Not only are road salts bad for cars and pavements, but they’re bad […]
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA Northlight Theatre Most autobiographical stories cover only half a lifetime, more or less. Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s covers one and a half. From the Mississippi Delta begins with Holland’s mother, Ida Mae Holland, who was born to a family of sharecroppers in Quinto, Mississippi. That story was more than half […]
Kenneth Branagh, the Shakespearean actor of the hour, is the designated ticketmover in this year’s International Theatre Festival. If you want to see him badly enough, you’ll buy a multishow package.
To the editors: The many-brained and almost-all knowing Cecil Adams, who recently discussed correctly a question involving a somewhat subtle point in the general theory of relativity [June 30], has now flubbed what he (a bit hastily) describes as a problem “straight out of Physics 101” [Letters, July 21; Straight Dope, December 16]. I refer […]
The work life of any dancer, especially a classical ballerina, is very short. While exceptional artists who’ve been able to dance in middle age do come to mind–Margot Fonteyn, Natalia Makarova–ballet is a young person’s profession. So when Glenview teenager Amy Rose knew that she wanted to pursue a dance career, she figured she’d better […]
The legendary baritone from Downers Grove is back, much sooner than anyone anticipated, stepping in at the last minute for an ailing Frederica von Stade. For those who missed Milnes’s spectacular performances as Hamlet in the long-neglected French grand opera by Ambroise Thomas recently presented at Lyric Opera, there are two big excerpts included in […]
Last week we left a photo credit off the Culture Club page. The picture of Bert Haas was by Paul L. Merideth; we apologize for the omission. The editors
Do you have difficulty telling right from wrong? Do you sometmes doubt that God really exists? Does you life lack order, certanity, conviction? John R. Regalbuto has an engineering-ethics course for you.
MYSTERY TRAIN ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch With Youki Kudoh, Masatoshi Nagase, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Cinque Lee, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, and Rick Aviles. Mastery is a rare commodity in American movies these days, in matters both large and small, so when a poetic master working on a small […]
The sixth man is basketball’s version of a military technique dating back to Napoleon: the use of fresh troops, held in reserve, to swing the battle at a critical moment. The Boston Celtics have made a tradition of the sixth man, from John Havlicek in the 60s right up to this season, when Ed Pinckney […]