Don’t let the subject of this movie–the interactions of three men (Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, and William Forsythe) at a physical rehabilitation center–scare you away from one of the most intelligent, sensitive, serious, subtle, and gripping American movies around. Codirected by Neal Jiminez and Michael Steinberg from an excellent script by Jiminez (who wrote River’s […]
CUBE at Cafe Voltaire May 2 For much of the first half of this century composers worked hard to emancipate themselves from the shackles of tonality. Encouraged by Schoenberg’s example, they more or less succeeded in discarding the conventions of the classical style. But after liberation what? While Schoenberg and his followers came up with […]
To the editors: Your riveting article (April 10) on the Winnetka “IRA” murders demonstrated the success of British disinformation about Northern Ireland. It is appalling that our FBI should be engaged in the harassment of U.S. citizens exercising their right to alleviate suffering and help end discrimination by our “most trusted ally.” It makes a […]
Tyner White has a plan for saving the planet and enough scrap lumber to start the job. All he needs is a little time and understanding.
It’s official: Mick Jagger has become a museum piece. David Hennage of the Museum of Science and Industry is offering evening screenings of the Rolling Stones’ Imax concert film for $15 a head.
To the editors: With regards to a feature article that appeared about a local running group, the Chicago Hash House Harriers (CH3) [March 20], I would like to respond to what I feel was a distorted and misleading picture written about CH3 by the author Mr. Jeff Burdick. As was reported correctly, “THE HASH” as […]
This room could make you snow-blind. Arranged along the white walls are tables with white tablecloths. Sitting at the tables, seven white men in white lab coats. At each of their stations, a little white plate with a roll of roast beef and some crackers, and three glasses of red wine. Each man has a […]
Eddie Daniels peruses and updates the Benny Goodman songbook on his latest recording (Benny Rides Again on GRP)–a perfectly reasonable thing for Daniels, the most virtuosic of contemporary jazz clarinetists, to do. But the linkage extends beyond the obvious. Goodman was also the first jazzman to play and record classical music; and Daniels, along with […]
LIGHT IN LOVE Bailiwick Repertory and Tea Party Productions How does Christopher Cartmill manage to retain his romantic vision at his age and in our age? And how does the author of Incorruptible and the adapter of Dickens’s The Haunted Man continue to convey that vision with such unashamed honesty and dignity that even cynics […]
Our cat seems to be left-handed. Is that possible? Are animals right- or left-handed, as humans are? If so, how come, and what can be inferred from that about the meaning of life? –Pierre and Daniella, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Life is meaningless. However, if you play your cards right, it can still be a million […]
DATES WITHOUT CHICKS and MAGAZINES Theatre of the Reconstruction Guys are pigs, granted. They swill beer, whack off to porn magazines, degrade women in the workplace, and talk trash about them in private. In these politically correct times, an even more curious type of porcine manhood has arisen. This animal talks a good game, empathizing […]
MEET THE PRESIDENT at Urbus Orbis I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I’M GOING TO TIE YOU UP WITH CHAINS AND BEAT YOU WITH WARM SQUASH at the Playwrights’ Center Peter Handler’s dark one-act comedy Meet the President begins with the question “What was that?” and ends with the frightened cry “What’s going on? What’s happening […]
Tons of garbage dumped in 24 minority wards: 48,310. Tons dumped in the other 26: 12,912. Most dumped-on ward: the 16th (Chicago Reporter, April). What political cartooning is all about, according to the Tribune’s Richard Locher (Chicago Journalist, April): “We’re like the blind javelin thrower. We may not win any prizes, but we keep the […]
The zheng is an ancient Chinese string instrument that closely resembles the zither: it consists of a flat rectangular wooden sound box over which 13 to 25 strings are stretched, supported by moveable bridges. The bridges separate the strings into two sections: those on the right are to be plucked and strummed, and those to […]
MOJAVE Acme Theatre Company at Cafe Voltaire THE DIVINERS Folio Theatre Company at Cafe Voltaire Sometimes it seems the American west is the only place where men can be poetic but still manly. The soul of the west is definitely a masculine soul–harsh and raw, as big as the desert and silent as the snow. […]