We met Adam Thesz en route to his favorite fashion outlet–the Omni Super Store. Thesz stops there regularly to restock on high-quality plastic sacks, the ones he swears make the snappiest and most durable booties. Rolling by on his low-velocity velo, Thesz’s protective headgear, eyewear, snowgear, and raingear seem to tread function-over-form tracks: “Fully dressed, […]
Reviews can be as scarce as collectors in today’s art scene. Emerging artists get critical attention where they can. Victor Ochoa, a 25-year-old grad student in sculpture in Champaign, got some last December from Lieutenant Nelson of the University of Illinois Police Department’s Firearms Training Unit. Published under the letterhead of the Department of Campus […]
From sketches to sales, Reginald Thomas does it all. He has to.
Michael Snow’s 1971 film La region centrale is surely one of the most unusual in the history of the medium. For three hours we see a single northern Quebec landscape from a single position, with no signs of human presence save a rare glimpse of the camera shadow. The camera is mounted on a complex […]
SPIKE HEELS Walker Productions at Victory Gardens A brilliant man nobly rescues a downtrodden, uneducated damsel and teaches her to speak properly, appreciate great books, and of course fall in love with him. It’s one of the most common male fantasies explored in film and literature, from Pygmalion to Pretty Woman. If a modern playwright […]
A potent and highly engrossing documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky about a 1990 murder trial in New York State that attracted national media attention. The case involved the death of one of the four illiterate Ward brothers, all reclusive and eccentric bachelors who inhabited a two-room shack without running water on their dairy […]
In 1943 a student riot broke out at the University of Munich, ignited by anti-Nazi leaflets distributed by five students. Two were promptly arrested, and the rest turned themselves in soon after. The perpetrators turned out to be no disenfranchised band of scruffs, however, but the privileged offspring of wealthy Aryan families, former Hitler Youth […]
Randy Duncan is a man with a legacy. His dances might make you feel good, but he’s not just a feel-good kind of guy–like Alvin Ailey and Donald McKayle, he looks for the place where the spiritual and the social and the physical come together. Add to that his talent for finding and molding dancers […]
Anthony Tomaska requests the honor of your presence at Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, an audience participation dinner show. A New York production has already celebrated its fifth anniversary.
A 17th-century heroine in a book from 1850, Hester Prynne has escaped both eras to personify all victims of the sexual double standard. Acknowledging the plight of his bold sinner in the conclusion to his novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne argues the need for a “surer ground of mutual happiness” between men and women. The prime targets […]
JAN ERKERT & DANCERS at the Dance Center of Columbia College, through March 27 There are theatrical ideas so good and so fresh that when you see them onstage they practically stand up, look you in the eye, and say, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?” Such an idea drives Jan Erkert’s new piece, […]
DRINKING IN AMERICA Drinking in America, the show that made Eric Bogosian famous and allowed him to step out of Soho’s arts ghetto into the lucrative mainstream, is only a little more than seven years old, but it’s already showing its age. Written and first performed when both solo performances and the backlash against booze […]
The first two scenes of Chicago Actors Ensemble’s The Sea Gull, Chekhov’s portrayal of dysfunctional families and unrequited love, seem to indicate that it’s going to plod wearily along toward its tragic conclusion. But thanks to some solid and mature acting by most of the cast, it actually becomes entertaining–and just engrossing enough to illustrate […]
To the editors: Victoria Stagg Elliott’s letter of February 19 reveals three central weaknesses of the anticensorship feminist position. First of all, pornography is not offensive only to “fundamentalists, politicians, and guardians of everyone else’s morality but their own.” Pornography is offensive to the majority of Americans both left and right on the political spectrum. […]