To the editors: Contrary to James Krohe Jr.’s thesis that the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s recent move from the Monadnock Building on South Dearborn Street to the Railway Exchange Building at Michigan and Jackson proves that downtown Chicago west of Michigan is off-limits for tourists (July 3, “Cityscape: Welcome to Chicago?”), we actually moved because we […]
Charcoal cops. The Chicago Park District has hired 30 park rangers whose bicycle-patrol duties include explaining to picnickers not to barbecue under trees and not to dump hot coals next to them. Proof that the state budget shortage is a hoax. In May the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation fined three Chicago barbers a total […]
To the editors: Thank you for Mike Ervin’s coverage in last week’s Reader of my lecture on permanent makeup or intradermal cosmetics [Our Town, July 24]. Although generally accurate in what it said, I feel the article was also misleading due to what was omitted from my remarks. Hopefully, this letter will clear up any […]
There’s an unfunny irony in the fact that David Lowery, the brains behind Camper Van Beethoven, now cites class differences between himself, a central California working-class boy gone to the state university, and the arty collegians in the rest of the group as the reason for the band’s demise. The breakup two years ago was […]
Shot with camera equipment and film stock furnished by Jon Jost, the third feature from radical independent writer-director-cinematographer-editor Gregg Araki–after the award-winning Three Bewildered People in the Night and The Long Weekend (O’Despair)–is a talky but potent doomed-couple-on-the-run picture in which both leads are desperate young men who recently tested HIV positive. Jon (Craig Gilmore) […]
Friday 14 Whether it’s a woman, a sphinx, an Afghan hound, or just a rusted hulk, it’s our rusted hulk, and it’s 25 years old today. Celebrations of the Picasso sculpture’s birthday start this afternoon at 4:30 in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, with ballroom dancing to the dulcet tones of the Stanley Paul Orchestra […]
MANIACAL NORMALITY at Cafe Voltaire Go to Cafe Voltaire and you might see something wondrous, like Under Milk Wood. When the programming’s good, it’s very good. But sometimes when it’s bad, it’s really bad. The current offering–Maniacal Normality, a one-act by Lara Heady, Mandy Spurier, and Tiffany Reid–is the kind of script most theater managers […]
I went rattlesnake hunting last Saturday. Guided by Tom Anton, who works in the fish department at the Field Museum and pursues snakes as an avocation, I wandered through several forest preserves along the Des Plaines River peering under hummocks of grass and turning over logs. I am still trying to decide whether this was […]
Architects have a special calling to improve society, having done so much to screw it up in the first place.
In July the city passed an ordinance regulating downtown bike messengers, and just about everyone applauded. “Some of these riders, the way they zip in and out of traffic and over the sidewalks, are a detriment to the safety of pedestrians and themselves,” says Alderman Burt Natarus, who led the movement to adopt the ordinance. […]
NAKED TV Your Imaginary Friends at Synergy Center If a good idea were all you needed for a great show, theater would be a breeze. You’d scribble your clever idea down on a pad of paper and poof! you’d be rich, happy, and well fed for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, in between the […]
CLEPSYDRAS Jo Hormuth at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery A clepsydra is a water clock: a device for measuring time by marking the gradual flow of liquids through a small opening. And Clepsydras–an installation by Jo Hormuth at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery–is an economical yet stimulating piece that marks the passage of time with objects that speak of the body. […]
NEW FORMS/CHANCE DANCE FESTIVAL Tim Buckley and Bob Eisen at Link’s Hall August 4 When a dancer hits middle age, everything begins to harden. The joints begin to calcify, setting permanent limits on their, and the dancer’s, movement. The once-exhilarating activity of making and performing dances starts to seem routine, and threatens to become rote […]
HIDDEN GEMS Carla Thomas Stax 8568-2 CAN’T GET AWAY FROM THIS DOG Rufus Thomas Stax 8569-2 A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA William Bell Stax 8566-2 REMEMBER ME Otis Redding Stax 8572-2 Stax Records, which folded ingloriously in 1976 after being rent by internal tensions and financial mismanagement, was more than the purveyor of some of the […]
Great moments in arts administration: after 11 years, Tara Mitton’s Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble is closing down–with all its bills paid!