THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD Chicago Actors Ensemble at Preston Bradley Community Center Suzan-Lori Parks’s The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World is far from a traditional play. A fragmented work composed of themes, variations, and repetitions, its structure is reminiscent of a […]
In 1990 Judy Marks had the windows on her four-story near-north-side town house outfitted with a set of heavy-duty aluminum security shutters. She intended only to secure her home from break-ins, but she wound up in a costly legal battle with some of her neighbors in the Sutton Place Townhome Association, a walled-in group of […]
Not one of the burning issues of the day, but something I’ve wondered about on occasion at your fancy restaurants. Why do master chefs wear those tall white hats? Something so silly must have a logical reason for being. –John Rawls, Atlanta When you get into these how-did-that-get-started things, John, you realize the formula works […]
We met Christina Eason stationed outside the Cozy Cloud Cottage on the fifth floor of Marshall Field’s downtown store, where the wait to whisper in Santa’s ear had ebbed to 30 minutes. Her sparkle-spangled suit caroled seasonal high spirits, though the rolled-up sleeves and cuffs conceded to the temporary, and corporate (one size fits most), […]
An Entirely Plausible Vision of Baseball in the 21st Century
Cheap Trick is a lethal fun-rock foursome who improbably sold millions of records in the late 70s, flirted with anonymity in the early 80s, had a string of hit singles in the late 80s, and now, after the major flop of the album Busted, find they need to pull something out of a hat to […]
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Our Annual Roundup of Political Atrocities
Obviously, the ladybug would be better off with a hand puppet of you. Among the gifts at One Touch of Nature, Ltd., on North Clark: “Ladybug hand puppet has five working legs (your fingers) and one that just goes along for the ride.” Dept. of cutting professional metaphors. The Chicago-based American College of Surgeons’ Bulletin […]
“The most beautiful-looking book I have ever seen was my own 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, designed and illustrated by [Herman] Rosse,” wrote Ben Hecht in the characteristic hyperbole of his autobiography. “True,” he continued, “it contained some hundred and five typographical errors, including the printing of whole paragraphs upside down, but it was nonetheless a […]
It;s fashionable to be liberal again. Do you remember how?
Like Karlheinz Stockhausen and other European avant-gardists, the noted Italian composer Luciano Berio has extended the postmodernist search for new sounds by experimenting with the seating arrangement for an orchestra. His latest effort in this direction is Continuo, which was commissioned in 1989 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its centennial but is only now […]
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Establishing shot of James Stockdale in thongs, sunglasses, and baggy American-flag swim trunks, waddling up to a deck chair at poolside with a tall drink of something in a frosty glass: as he lowers his bulk onto the chair, FADE UP RHYTHM TRACK, a steady medium-tempo rap beat similar to Hammer’s “This Is the Way […]