Pollution, progress, and good intentions have caused drastic changes in the fish population of Lake Michigan over the years. It may be too late to restore it to its natural state, but should we try?
To the editors: This letter is in reply to your bashing of National Public Radio [“How Do I Hate NPR?,” June 25]. Among other disturbing things about your article is the curious fact that the identical story appears in the New York Press of May 28, 1993, so I may assume that the Glenn Garvin […]
KILLER JOE Next Theatre Company’s Next Lab DOMINO COURTS Wysiwyg Theatre at the Heartland Studio Theatre Tracy Letts’s first professionally produced play, Killer Joe–currently receiving its premiere at the Next Lab–is a tightly written, nicely paced, finely directed work with more than enough plot twists and surprises to keep the eyes of even the most […]
There’s this curious traveling trade show called the Abilities Expo that draws disabled folk of all shapes and sizes, races, religions, and creeds. It’s a gathering of manufacturers demonstrating the latest technology for getting in and out of bed, going to the bathroom, etc. Basically it’s a toy store for gimps. Some people are downright […]
Armed with media smarts and legal savvy, Susan Murphy Milano has launched a one-woman crusade against domestic violence.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST Stage Acting Studio at the Theatre Building You don’t have to feel persecuted to savor One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but it helps. Fortunately Ken Kesey’s masterpiece tapped into a force that didn’t die with the 60s or with the Merry Pranksters–Americans’ distrust of institutions that define our […]
Once in a while a last-minute change actually results in a far more interesting program–just take this weekend’s at Grant Park. Originally, mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos and soprano Benita Valente were slated to star in a jamboree of Handel and Mozart arias, which probably would’ve been like a buffet of tasty morsels: filling but unmemorable. With […]
On her upcoming album, pianist Myra Melford exits one sprightly free-jazz episode–fllled with darting tone clusters and colliding cross-rhythms–by establishing a groove and texture reminiscent of the youthful Keith Jarrett. Throw in her blues training at the piano of Chicago’s Erwin Helfer, and you gain a sense of the diverse elements Melford has incorporated into […]
Dear Reader: With magic comes responsibility, I learned this weekend. A friend and I had what seemed the fortuitous experience of finding a magic wand in the middle of Halsted Street on Sunday afternoon during Northalsted Market Days. Lying abandoned, it was a homemade wand, a foot-long rod topped by a flat five-pointed star that […]
Jim Nash and Wax Trax: Back in the groove
You’ve probably heard about Tony Mangiullo’s troubles. He’ll tell anybody who’ll listen–about the way he’s being persecuted by the licensing commission, about how they want to shut down his blues bar because of a drug transaction that may or may not have taken place inside it, about how they say his dear old mother watched […]
At game time last Saturday evening, Bill Veeck Stadium was about half full–if that. Here the White Sox were, in first place by three and a half games on the first weekend in August, trying to end a three-game losing streak, with their charismatic ace, Jack McDowell, on the mound, and most Sox fans couldn’t […]
The conventional wisdom is that nobody ever bought a newspaper for a comic strip, or switched subscriptions to follow a strip from one newspaper to another. While that’s certainly not universally true, it’s no doubt accurate as a general statement. Yet if that’s the case, why is the competition for new strips so fierce, why […]
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN NEATO-MAN Absurdfish Productions at the Bop Shop Absurdfish Productions’ The Adventures of Captain Neato-Man reminds me of the things my brothers and I would make up when we were kids, hopping from the couch to the coffee table as if we were leaping across rooftops in pursuit of dastardly criminals. Timothy […]
It seems a lot of people–maybe even all of us to some degree–choose what music to listen to not on the basis of what it actually sounds like, but by how well it reinforces a desired self-image. Many who crave to be seen as urbane, sophisticated jazz aficionados, for instance, haven’t likely given Johnny Cash […]