DEATH BECOMES HER No stars (Worthless) Directed by Robert Zemeckis Written by Martin Donovan and David Koepp With Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Isabella Rossellini, Ian Ogilvy, Adam Storke, and Sydney Pollack. “The copper is fair game for pies, likewise any fat man. Fat faces and pies seem to have a peculiar affinity. If […]
A musical polymath, David Owen Norris was already well-known in his native England for his piano broadcasts and TV commentaries when he was named last year as the first Gilmore Artist. Valued at $250,000, the award–given by Kalamazoo’s Gilmore Festival–is intended to promote a touring career by subsidizing much of the fees and expenses. Norris […]
Lead Story Princeton University finally granted Milton Babbitt a doctoral degree in mathematics in January–46 years after it rejected his dissertation on the mathematics of the 12-tone musical system of modern composers. The university recently concluded that Babbitt’s work was so advanced at the time that no one at Princeton understood it. In the ensuing […]
When he was sentenced to death for the murder of an Uptown boy prostitute, police and prosecutors thought they had brought an end to a long series of gruesome homosexual murders. But the killing hasn’t stopped, and now Eyler is returning to court with a s In a Rogers Park alley on August 21, 1984, […]
OUT OF ORDER Candlelight’s Forum Theatre LEND ME A TENOR Apollo Theater Center It’s no accident that two very funny farces currently running take place in hotel suites. Hotels are perfect settings for farce: even the classiest joints have an inescapable taint of naughtiness–hotels are where you go to do things you can’t do at […]
DANCING WITH PEOPLE FROM MY BRAIN at the Dance Center of Columbia College July 24 and 25 Paula Frasz has the kind of daring, the raunchy, wild merriment just under the skin, the wicked talent for observation that I value in my friends. Striking out on her own after several years of dancing with Mordine […]
A fascinating time capsule-shot in 1968, released in 1970–this is a filmed performance by three angry, talented black poets. Gylan Kain, Felipe Luciano, and David Nelson recite their rhythmic, passionate work to Afro-Cuban percussion (with occasional flute and guitar) on a rooftop and other urban ghetto settings, working out a highly politicized poetics that anticipates […]
Is there a greenhouse effect? Will rising temperatures destroy the planet? Unfortunately, most of what we hear is hot air.
My grandfather, Harry Stern, who was German, was a tenor with La Scala. His stage name was Enrico Sterlio and his best friend was Enrico Caruso, who I thought from the sound of his name must really be Harry Caray. My grandparents were so anxious to assimilate that my mother wasn’t taught a word of […]
The top of Jeanna Hasan’s worktable out on her sun porch is filled with paintbrushes, small tempera bottles stacked on top of each other, and several drinking glasses full of water. Popsicle sticks used to mix paint sit in another glass, and a bottle painted with angels lies in the middle of the table on […]
Sleepy LaBeef’s prowess as a performer is legendary among rockabilly and roots-rock fans. He can ignite an audience seemingly at will, but his success is virtually impossible to analyze in terms of technique. Onstage he appears stolid, almost reserved most of the time, peering out at the crowd from under heavy, drooping eyelids. Even so, […]
A Dispatch From the Fare Wars
SPEED THE PLAY Strawdog Theatre Strawdog Theatre Company’s Speed the Play offers something that very few theater companies in the city are offering these days–an intelligent evening. Though these four one-acts are radically different in form and content, they’re linked by the desire to satirize contemporary society and to leave the audience with something interesting […]
War Stories The chasm that divides experience from language is often very slowly crossed. Some 40 years ago Lisa Fittko and Akio Inoue, emigres employed by the same small Chicago import company, became friends. World War II had transformed both their lives, and neither was comfortable talking about it. Fittko thought about a book for […]
After eight years of drinking and running with hooligans he despised, enjoying their brutality at least as much as they did, Bill Buford got his just reward–a thorough beating.