Thanks to an important legal victory and changing attitudes among young MDs, chiropractors are beginning to get some respect–but old ideas die hard.
One steamy night in early June about 400 residents of Uptown and Edgewater gathered in a local Chinese restaurant to toast the formation of a new neighborhood group. Actually it wasn’t a new organization, but an old group making a fresh start. After about six years of tottering on the brink of fiscal and philosophical […]
California’s William Clarke has become one of the most rapidly rising stars in the new generation of blues musicians. He perfected his shimmering, wide-chorded harp playing studying with the late Harmonica George Smith, and Smith’s distinctive eclecticism is evident everywhere in Clarke’s approach: on a straight-ahead shuffle he bends notes with the raucous abandon of […]
DAVID PUSZH DANCE COMPANY AND HEARSAY at the Weinstein Center for the Performing Arts June 21 and 22 Whether you believe musical theater is entirely moribund or the most vital and accessible performance form in America, your position is supported by The Ballad of Etta Blue, an original one-act musical by Cheri Coons and Eric […]
What sort of Hollywood hoopla has Michael Kutza got up his sleeve for this year’s Chicago Film Festival? Hint: Her name is Barbra.
TRIPLE PLAY Powertap Productions at Stage Left Theatre AYN RAND GIVES ME A BONER Metraform at the Annoyance Theatre Chicago is not a particularly hospitable place for struggling local playwrights. They have a devil of a time getting their work produced at all, for unlike local actors, who for the most part compete only with […]
If Edgar’s budget cuts go through their numbers will increase dramatically. And if advocate John Donahue runs true to form, so will their visibility.
Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber–definitely not a household name (not even in my household)–offers two quite different but related approaches to his music. When he plays unaccompanied, he concentrates on repetitive, scientific investigations of the instrument’s capabilities: like Roscoe Mitchell, he uses overtones, multiphonics, and an exquisite control over the instrument’s most difficult expanses to create entrancing […]
ALFRED EISENSTAEDT at Circle Gallery Alfred Eisenstaedt, still working at 92, uses the bare minimum of equipment. Advances in technology since his first professional assignment, in 1929, haven’t lured him away from what’s most important to a good photographer: the eye to see and the ability to react quickly. Perhaps Eisenstaedt’s methodology contributes to his […]
When eating ice cream and sno-cones too fast I often get a “cold headache.” What causes this? What would happen if you kept chowing down on those frozen treats? –Chuck Nevitt, Dallas The standard medical term for this phenomenon is “ice cream headache”–an expression so clear and comprehensible it obviously was settled on by mistake. […]
The nonprofit Experimental Sound Studio, whose mission is to provide noncommercial artists with a noncommercial recording space, moved into its new digs near Paulina and Foster two months ago. The entrance still smells like wet paint, but inside the isolation booth is finished, the engineer’s bench is in place, and rows of neatly coiled patch […]
I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH at the Second City E.T.C. Jeff Garlin’s one-man show, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, begins with perhaps the most genuinely nontheatrical opening I’ve seen. The lights come up–to “reveal” the empty stage we’ve been looking at since we sat down. Then Garlin walks casually onstage, dressed […]
In his second inaugural address, in 1937, Franklin Roosevelt pointed out that one-third of the nation was living in poverty. Two years later, Studs Terkel used this speech as a point of departure in Home Sweet Home, a radio play about life in urban slums during the Great Depression. Written under the auspices of the […]
How many bikers’ hospital bills would you like to pay? Only one-third of Illinois motorcyclists wear helmets, and the state Department of Public Aid thinks there oughta be a law. “Unhelmeted motorcyclists have three times as many head injuries….The University of Illinois at Chicago reports that acute health care costs for the 5,484 injured motorcyclists […]
Tribune Staff Rider “I get an awful lot of mail,” said Jim Mateja. “A lot of it’s threats. A lot of it’s steamy.” Mateja commits something akin to mass cuckoldry. He violates the terms of endearment bonding the Chicago male to his wheels. “Basically, it gets down to the fact that when you criticize a […]