To the editors: I was utterly and profoundly shocked at Michael Miner’s reference to the late Bruno Bettelheim as a “great Chicagoan” (“Some Professor Down in Hyde Park, 3/23/90, section 1, page 4). Mine said that Bettelheim “was understood to be a great Chicagoan everywhere but in Chicago.” Well, Mr. Miner, unlike you, some of […]
JOSEPH LITZENBERGER at the Ricky Renier Gallery My dictionary has no less than 19 definitions for the word “play.” The definition most appropriate to the wonderfully varied and engaging sculpture of Joseph Litzenberger, however, describes play as the natural activity of children. Play is important to creativity, because the most creative art making involves free-spirited […]
Returning, after two years’ hiatus, under the auspices of producer Doug Bragan’s Douglas Theater Corp., this third not-so-annual event features 16 non-Equity companies in as many one-act plays, organized in programs of four. The selections range from experimental drama to camp melodrama to medieval farce to musical comedy to good ol’ American naturalism. “One might […]
It isn’t easy buying black–but the idea is gathering new force, activists say, in Chicago and across the country.
Brazilian-born Chicagoan Venicio de Toledo heads up Malukosamba, a group with a constantly changing lineup of players that brings to life Toledo’s quirky mix of rock fused with samba and other Brazilian musics. Over the last year or so the group has achieved varying results, ranging from awkwardly patched together pop songs to exhilarating explosions […]
PLAYWRIGHTS FOR THE ’90S Chicago Dramatists Workshop Well, they are short: six plays in less than two hours. And no one would want these six to be any longer–tighter maybe, or more focused, less obvious, less cutely quirky or portentously severe. But not longer. If there’s a flaw common to the scripts in Chicago Dramatists […]
THE BUTTERFLY Chicago Children’s Theatre at North Shore Country Day School The Butterfly, by Bijan Mofid, is billed as a Persian folktale about love, honor, and courage, but the translation by Don Laffoon struck me as a veiled glorification of the artistic spirit. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but the plodding production left […]
MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Bob Rafelson Written by William Harrison and Rafelson With Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, and Fiona Shaw As far as great white hunters go, movies haven’t progressed much from the cheerfully juvenile Jungle Jim films (starring a waterlogged Johnny Weissmuller) through King Solomon’s […]
It’s a dangerous time of year for the Bulls. Their position in the play-offs is secure, but the grueling National Basketball Association schedule grinds away for another two weeks after this weekend. That’s just enough time to allow the team the belief that it can coast awhile before sharpening its game for the play-offs. Thus, […]
Art Expo founder John Wilson is through advising Lois Weisberg’s Department of Cultural Affairs: “If she’s going to make all the decisions, I’ve got better things to do with my time.”
In modern blues, expanding one’s horizons usually means delving into the challenging improvisational realms of jazz, funk, or rock–carrying one’s music bravely into the future. Here, though, a legendary Chicago bluesman gets a rare chance to stretch out backward. Guitar and harmonica master Louis Myers was among the most important forces behind the 50s-era evolution […]
After about six months of listening to it, I’m convinced that what the Vulgar Boatmen’s first album, You and Your Sister, is about is a half century of American music. You hear it in the country blues cadences of “Cry Real Tears,” the Buddy Holly hand claps in the title song, the lyrical tips-o’-the-hat to […]
An official audit harshly criticizes the state’s economic development agency.
The last time activists from the southwest side made the news was in the wake of Harold Washington’s first mayoral victory. Their mostly white working-class communities were under siege, they said, threatened by Washington and his civil rights agenda. If the new mayor wasn’t kept in check, thousands of whites would flee to the suburbs. […]
Lead Story A class-action lawsuit recently challenged Oregon’s alleged failure to follow its Medicaid policy of supplying dentures to low-income people who lose their teeth. Oregon claims it has only enough money to furnish dentures to quadriplegics, who need teeth for things other than eating. For other toothless people, the state furnishes only the name […]