Ivy Garland went to jail for the cat she loves.
Don’t let the silly styling of the title put you off, this is a powerful, convincing, and terrifying look at teenage crime in contemporary Watts. Directed by 20-year-old twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes from a script they wrote with coproducer Tyger Williams, this shocking, violent, and unsentimental (albeit sensationalized) drama about a second-generation drug […]
More than the refreshing solos and exuberant interplay of the instrumentalists–and even more than the rangy palette of the arrangements–it’s the finely realized audacity of their concept that sets Edward Wilkerson’s 8 Bold Souls above so much other modern music. Like many of their colleagues in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, such […]
Trick question: Can you find the local artist in this picture? Left to right are Boguslaw Kochanski, Zheng Bo, Denice Zetterquist, Lu Xiang-Tai, and Ablade Glover.
I have this idea that dancing builds character: in a kind of paradigm of social organization, the dancer must assert herself yet be constantly aware of others. And nowhere is this more true than in African dance, where shifts are cued by breaks in the music and calls from the drummers and other dancers. Yet […]
RELATIONSHIP HELL Strawdog Theatre Company “Relationship Hell,” Strawdog Theatre’s 70-minute trio of one-acts, never gets quite as tormented as its title suggests: this looks more like purgatory, where infidelity undermines whatever connections these 11 characters may make. But hell can come in small doses: there’s real pain behind these characters’ quirks and kinks. It’s possible […]
These Parts: Joliet, IL
The enclosed ad describes something called The Strecker Memorandum, a video that purports to show that AIDS is a man-made disease. This sounds like the usual AIDS-conspiracy mumbo jumbo, but it’s so well documented it’s made me wonder. Can you get to the bottom of it? –Edna Welthorpe Cecil is reluctant to spend too much […]
Bad-taste behemoth/GG Allin
Cultural-literacy test for parents of toddlers. From MOMents’ (April) discussion of booking characters for kiddie birthday parties: “Because most of the popular characters are those seen on TV and in the movies, they are copyrighted and legally unavailable. Companies that book characters get around this by scheduling them by description….The hottest characters are: the big […]
Three Careers, No Illusions If you’re a free-lance writer who feels aggrieved, the name of Peter Deuel belongs in your Rolodex. Out of “some sense of Protestant guilt,” as Deuel puts it, he’s on your side. He likes to think you tell the truth, and after a lifetime in journalism, politics, and now the law, […]
A sincere, intelligent, and effectively acted independent feature from 1964, about a black worker (Ivan Dixon) and his wife (Abbey Lincoln) struggling against prejudice and trying to make a life for themselves in Alabama. Directed by the able Michael Roemer (who made The Plot Against Harry five years later) from a script written in collaboration […]