To the editors: I did think reporter Glab was a little rough on Rob Sherman [“Atheist & Son,” July 6], but I did get a couple of laughs out of the article. As anyone who’s had to cover Sherman’s career in godlessness knows, he’s not above pandering to the TV cameras, even when he’s wrong. […]
To the editors: The same old anti-Semitic rhetoric about Jewish fascists and “Zionist propaganda” makes it very difficult to believe that the cowardly “Name withheld” is, in fact, Jewish, much less a “child of the Holocaust” [Letters, August 3]. Or else the anonymous letter writer, filled with so much hate, is him or herself a […]
How does one score the music for a play based on the life of the most notorious woman in modern China? A thorough knowledge of Eastern and Western musical idioms is essential. It also helps to be familiar with the contorted politics of the Chinese Communist Party. But for emotional realism, having lived through the […]
Very little on the exterior of the big old building on the northwest corner of Barry and Kenmore suggests what goes on within. A granite cornerstone dated “A.D. 1924” proclaims the structure’s age; the dingy red bricks, high vaulted windows, and fading flecks of spray-painted graffiti suggest a disused school. Only a wooden sign, its […]
CELEBRITY BEAT Bailiwick Repertory Call it play therapy. You’ve worked hard. You’ve done well. You’ve gone through a certain amount of hell. And now you’ve reached that so-called point in life. You say you’ve got nothing more to prove, but that’s not true. In fact, you’ve got all kinds of stuff to prove. And to […]
You can talk about pornography from the gut, or you can try and get scientific about it.
On the eve of the fall season, many art dealers, Paul Klein among them, fear that in light of the current global instability, things look bad for art sales.
If you want to talk contributing factors, the Public Enemy mess has three of them. Those who would participate in the debate about the group ignore them at their peril, so it’s probably worth spelling them out at the beginning: (1) Professor Griff, the group’s former minister of information, is an anti-Semitic dickhead–a somewhat tragedically […]
The state of Illinois’ spectacular restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House was carried out, in the words of a former Wright apprentice, “the way God would if he had the money.”
TWISTER *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Michael Almereyda With Suzy Amis, Dylan McDermott, Crispin Glover, Harry Dean Stanton, Lindsay Christman, Charlaine Woodard, Lois Chiles, and Jenny Wright. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The second part of the opening sentence of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina applies […]
Writer-director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead and its sequel) hits the big time with a fantasy thriller about a scientist (Liam Neeson) disfigured by villains, who transforms himself into a grisly avenger, unable to feel pain and getting angrier by the minute. Raimi’s flair for jazzy visual effects and extravagant action sequences, combined with direction […]
ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN Big Game Theater The House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee. The blandness of its name is one more proof of the banality of evil. On top of the appalling use of “American” as a legal term, there’s that chilling catchall term “activities”–it’s as if the committee meant […]
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Halsted Theatre Centre There’s nothing particularly “forbidden” about Forbidden Broadway, a musical spoof of the New York theater industry that has settled in at the Halsted Theatre Centre for a brief run. Consisting primarily of well-known show tunes outfitted with parody lyrics, this revue, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, purports to skewer […]
I thought my obsession was licked, but circumstances this summer drove me back to Bingo Palace after ten years on the wagon. Mike had taken a job in San Francisco, and I’d have been alone were it not for the mammoth ants that defiled my countertops. I begged Mrs. M., my landlady, to investigate. “Don’t […]
Journalistic Unfairness Isn’t journalism supposed to value fairness above all? Not in the short run. The press can slight one side today and give it its say later on. What journalism really values is raising hell. Last spring Catalyst raised hell. Catalyst is the magazine/newsletter founded in 1989 by the Community Renewal Society to chronicle […]