“We tend to think of time as a smooth-flowing river,” writes IIT’s Michael Davis in Perspectives on the Professions (August). “History is different. It does not so much flow as jerk along like a worn commuter train, stopping often and only rarely moving fast. This year was one of the rare moments.” Cause of death: […]
CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Petrillo Music Shell September 21 Is Daniel Barenboim facing rough waters ahead? Even before he was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s highest artistic post, the Argentinean-born conductor was getting a bad rap in the local press. One commentator attributed his strong candidacy to cronyism (the cronies being Georg Solti and […]
To the editors: I found the letter from Doug Hoekstra in the most recent edition of the Reader [August 23] to be both amusing and disturbing. I don’t begrudge him for sticking up for his brother, Dave, because blood is, and should be, thicker than words. But Doug failed to neglect that he is in […]
Compared to performing arts groups, museums recover only a tiny percentage of their costs from the people who enjoy their services. Look for admission fees to rise as government and corporate donations dwindle.
To the editors: I read with great interest Robert McClory’s article “Segregation City” [August 30], which outlined the efforts to bring an end to housing discrimination in the Chicago metropolitan community. I wish to bring to your attention a statement in that article regarding the National Association of Realtors which needs correction. The National Association […]
KINGS-X TYRANNOSAURUS REX CONSTANTINOPLE Jenny Magnus at N.A.M.E. Gallery September 13 and 14 When Jenny Magnus burst into the performance space at N.A.M.E., giggling, twisting, and trying to fend off an invisible tickling attacker, there was something nearly orgasmic, and just about unbearable, about the moment. That she regained her composure was inevitable. But that […]
I worked in a hospital, briefly, when I was young. I remember the feet, gnarled, twisted, misshapen, painful, worn-out from years of standing on cement factory floors. Then I worked in a factory. Sometimes the women cut out the sides of their run-down shoes so their twisted toes would have a little more room, hurt […]
To the editors: Your August 30 story “Segregation City” was a much appreciated review and assessment of the struggle for open housing in the Chicago metropolitan area and of the Leadership Council’s role in that struggle. One omission needs to be corrected. F. Willis Caruso, General Counsel for most of the agency’s 25 years, was […]
The seventh annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, September 27, through Sunday, October 6. An opening reception starts at 5:30 tonight at the First Chicago Center Theater, Dearborn and Madison, with a screening of What Happened to Santiago to follow at 7:30; […]
Guitarist Eddy Clearwater is widely known as a purveyor of Chuck Berry-style rock-blues, but his roots go much deeper than that stereotype suggests. Clearwater, born Eddie Harrington, is a member of the same Bell-Harrington clan that boasts Lovie Lee, Carey Bell, Vernon Harrington, and Lurrie Bell. He began his Chicago career in the early 50s, […]
Developers and merchants have always been the de facto planners of our major streets. They made North Michigan the spacious resort that it is, and they will preside over its destruction.
MACBETH Live Theatre The posters for this show contain the first hint of trouble: Macbeth: Warrior, Lover, King. Why the subtitle for one of the best-known works of Western literature? Sounds like that archenemy of art–pretension. The program contains another hint: “Live Theatre is committed to genderless casting. There is no underlying symbolism or politics […]
THE EXERCISE Mary-Arrchie Theatre Actors have a very bad reputation as human beings. The nature of their work and the strange hours they keep mean they’re often seen as childish, irresponsible liars, people with substance-abuse problems or, at the very least, a few neuroses. Plays like Lewis John Carlino’s The Exercise perpetuate these myths by […]
On September 11 the soccer teams from Roosevelt and Amundsen high schools faced off in a rematch of last year’s Public League championship. They wore last year’s uniforms and played on a muddy field without bleachers, bands, or cheerleaders, while a couple of cops periodically warned both coaches and the referees to move their cars […]