People tend to forget about Nat Adderley, and they shouln’t. In this age of studious kid virtuosos, there are plenty of hornmen who can outrun Adderley in pure technique; few of them, though, can match the sturdy construct of his solos, or the happy mixture of his bright tone and musical ebullience–his shout. He played […]
CHICAGO MOVING COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College January 4,5,11, and 12 Though music is essential to dance–even works performed in silence use musical principles–it’s not central. Dancegoers tend to focus on what they can see, on the body. But you might say that music is the ghost in the machine The four […]
Lead Story In October Mary Mead, the Republican candidate for governor in Wyoming, wrote a letter of apology to a group of county officials in Casper for having given them what she called a “boring” speech. “Even before I left,” she wrote, “I knew that my remarks had not served me well. Some days are […]
BINGO IN THE FIRST DEGREE at the Mystery Cafe A few weeks ago I had occasion to look in on a rehearsal of the finale from The New Moon. After I’d listened to some 45 minutes of “Stouthearted Men” from an office next door, I took a peek. Although the members of the company were […]
Is there a newsstand vendor who does not occasionally dream about making news instead of selling it? Rick Graff is getting his chance. Graff and fellow proprietors Rocky and Tasha–two Alsatians with a knack for public relations–run Rick’s News on Randolph just west of Michigan, outside the Cultural Center. In December Graff was threatened with […]
BRIEF LIVES Court Theatre In any era John Aubrey would have been a strange bird–bookish yet eager for company, a good and empathetic friend yet also a compulsive collector and repeater of vicious gossip. However, Aubrey lived through some of the most interesting events in English history: the English Civil Wars, the overthrow of the […]
What kind of guy paints purple-gray veins on light bulbs? “I’m interested in the colors and maybe the light beneath the skin,” says artist Kevin Orth. “Light bulbs sort of give you that transparency. I’m interested in things beneath the surface. I’m interested in anatomical drawings and the colors that you see, like of a […]
CARMEN Lyric Opera Opera companies in Chicago have often had trouble surviving. The Civic Opera fell victim to economic Darwinism during the Depression. Later, during the latter part of the tenure of the late Carol Fox, Lyric managed to get itself into enough financial trouble that at one point in the early 80s the season […]
Aren’t stories like sex? Didn’t you want to delay the climax a little longer? Is that gum you like coming back in style?
Has Sun-Times music critic Robert C. Marsh jumped off the Ardis Krainik bandwagon? With all that money, he asks, why isn’t Lyric Opera making better music?
Meet Alfonso Segovia, the Manicurist Who Would Be Famous
She’s a home day-care provider. There’s a difference.
The last time the Slugs played Schubas, everything came together–the natural warmth of the room, with its ornate wood proscenium; the good-natured friendliness of the typical Slugs crowd; and the band itself, an almost casually proficient threesome. Leader Dag Juhlin has a lanky, offhand charisma, and the band–with brother Gregg on bass and Mike Halston […]
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS *** (A must-see) Directed by Tim Burton Written by Burton and Caroline Thompson With Johnny Depp, Dianne Wiest, Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, and Anthony Michael Hall. Although nostalgia for childhood, particularly boyhood, underpins many a Hollywood extravaganza, that longing is not usually loosed with any emotional restraint. Perhaps that […]
“In academia, we tend to think of writers as a bunch of dead people–mostly dead white males. My goal as a teacher is to make these dead writers real,” says Fred Gardaphe, an English professor at Columbia College. “We can’t meet Theodore Dreiser or Nelson Algren, yet these people have such an impact on the […]