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 […]
For $295, American Airlines offers a two-day course designed to alleviate fear of flying. They call it “AAcheiving Flight,” which probably gets them a good listing in the yellow pages.
My favorite of Charles Burnett’s three features (the other two are Killer of Sheep and To Sleep With Anger) focuses on the family pressure exerted on a young man in Watts (Everett Silas) who works at his parents’ dry cleaners–pressure to abandon his disreputable ghetto friends and adjust to a more middle-class existence. This struggle […]
You had to know there was going to be a fight. The Blackhawks had just gotten spanked, 5-4, by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sunday-evening contest was unsatisfying to the Chicago Stadium crowd for a variety of reasons. First, the Flyers were Blackhawks coach Mike Keenan’s old team. This night, too, the Flyers net was minded […]
Zeena Parkins plays the harp, and she’s no angel. Using a unique electric instrument–which she designed and built with new-music cellist Tom Cora, incorporating elements of classical and folk harps as well as electronic-effects pedals and a vibrato bar more commonly seen in the company of guitarists–Parkins conjures a menagerie of unexpected sounds. Few people […]
Sun-Times: The Novel A whiff of scandal sells books. Unfortunately for Charles Dickinson’s new novel, Rumor Has It, now at your local bookstore, its whiff is pretty much undetectable beyond the confines of the Chicago Sun-Times. And the scandalized there all read the book last fall in galleys. “There must have been a dozen people […]
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Effective Theatre Company at Sheffield’s School Street Cafe Thus spake Nietzsche, by means of Zarathustra: “And when I beheld my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn. It was the Spirit of Gravity, through him all things are ruined. One does not kill by anger, but by laughter. Come let […]
The curse of insomnia: even when you sleep you dream that you’re awake.