To the editors. “How do you describe Chet Coppock without insulting him?” asked Michael G. Glab in “Sport of Sports,” his reverent look at Chicago’s longtime sports personality, the one, the only, the inimitable, Mr. Chet Coppock (August 24). Well, how does Coppock describe himself? “I love to perform,” Coppock told Glab. “I’m a showboat […]
DAVID DORFMAN DANCE at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 30 and December 1 and 2 Just when you think you’ve got David Dorfman’s choreography typed, his work moves off in another direction. His strongest dances are tightly focused, neatly trimmed, and somehow emotionally exhausting no matter what they’re about–a personal encounter with mortality, […]
To the editors: I was really sad to read Mr. Wyman’s article on XRT [“So Many Records, So Little Time,” November 16], which basically amounted to a free 12-page advertisement for the station. There are several reasons for my feelings toward this article, most of them having to do with Bill Wyman’s embracing the station […]
Lead Story Convicted murderer Thomas Marston argued in his recent appeal that conflicts of interest were responsible for his 1985 conviction in Mendocino County, California. He submitted evidence that his attorney had fathered the child of the then district attorney, who Marston claimed was hassling the father for support at the time of the trial. […]
THE LION AND THE JEWEL Court Theatre I suppose I could look at it any number of ways. I could choose to see The Lion and the Jewel as a chance to watch some really sharp Nigerian-style choreography, done to some really rich Nigerian-style percussion: A trio of drummers shows up from time to time […]
MISERY ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Rob Reiner Written by William Goldman With James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, and Lauren Bacall. Although it didn’t impress me too much when I first saw it, The King of Comedy has gradually come to seem the most important and resonant of Martin Scorsese’s features, largely […]
Conceived in war, shunned in their homeland, stuck for years in a diplomatic morass, they’ve come to Chicago to find their fathers and their future.
For almost three years students in several overcrowded Rogers Park public grade schools have been relegated to makeshift classrooms in cafeterias, auditoriums, and washrooms, while their parents have pleaded unsuccessfully with Board of Education officials for relief. New construction requires money. And board officials, wary of opposition to tax hikes even for noble causes, dillydallied […]
Saturday Afternoon at Warshawsky’s
Luigi Nono, who passed away earlier this year, was an Italian innovator and visionary. In the course of a distinguished four-decade career, he used his mastery of serialism, electronics, microtonality, and the spatial configuration of sound–all major currents of serious postwar music–on an enlightening personal quest for new expressive possibilities. The result is an eclectic […]
CANNIBAL CHEERLEADERS ON CRACK Torso Theatre Medieval and early Renaissance paintings depicting Christ being mocked by an unsympathetic crowd show his revilers making grotesque faces at him, sticking out their tongues and crossing their eyes like schoolboys. A popular soldier’s song during World War II speculated derisively about the reproductive equipment of the Nazi leaders, […]
CHOREOGRAPHERS SAMPLER at MoMing Dance & Arts Center November 29 and 30 and December 1, 2, and 7-9 It’s easy to take the small low-tech things for granted: breath, warmth, weight, volition. MoMing has never taken these things for granted (though we may have taken MoMing for granted). Human scale, for good or bad, whether […]
John Engman, executive director of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, wants to create a “mini-Williamsburg” down on Prairie Avenue, and this building spoils the effect. The city wants to fill it with artists. The CAF wants to tear it down.
What is the proper way to display a cross in the 90s? Ellen Sandor and Stephan Meyers’s way is a sculpture composed of three horizontal and four vertical light boxes, from which colorful 3-D images emerge. The six images coming from this cruciform structure depict hands, a face, tumbling dice, and a scientific visualization of […]
Nineteen-year-old Erik DeBat says he used to get an adrenaline rush from doing graffiti, a high from knowing that his name was in so many places. He ran with a pack of ten other taggers who called themselves “Mad” and prided themselves on eluding the cops. On certain nights, in a location spread by word […]