BITCHES Factory Theater MAN CARD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MIND OF THE SENSITIVE WHITE MALE Factory Theater THE ANGRY SHOW Factory Theater At first glance, sociopathic teenage cheerleaders and sensitive white guys may not seem to have much in common, but at the Factory Theater hilarious studies of these groups reveal some amazing similarities. Both […]
To the editors: Having been involved in various aspects of the “book wars,” right there in the trenches, I found your article on battlefield Chicago very interesting [July 16]. There are however a couple of bones to be picked. First, perhaps Robert Haft believes that he invented the notion of discounted books, but he should […]
KATHARINE BOYD at Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, September 10 and 11 The title of one of Katharine Boyd’s pieces–Superbia Who’s Been Turning Around in Your Driveway?–reminds me of an incident that occurred when I was living in the suburbs with my mother. A neighbor regularly turned her car around in […]
To the editors: In his discussion of the “unplugged” phenomenon, Rick Reger reveals his ignorance as to what’s happening with music today [August 27]. Gee, if only “grunge” were “the unruly real thing”! Rick concludes, “Clearly, rock music now exists on two entirely independent levels.” That’s semi-accurate with respect to rock audiences and musicians, but […]
For curious Chicagoans interested in making acquaintance with contemporary art music in the European concert tradition but who don’t know where to start listening, “Face the Music,” a monthly series at HotHouse, offers a chance to sit quietly and hit a beer while letting a diverse assortment of provocative sounds wash over you. The musicians–members […]
In the 30s and 40s a community of refugees flourished in the open port city of Shanghai.
Any appearance by saxophonist Joe Lovano promises excitement and power; this one offers as an added fillip the U.S. nightclub premiere of his spectacular new band. At its center sits Billy Hart, one of the most imaginative and sensitive drummers of jazz’s last two decades: going back to Herbie Hancock’s early-70s electric combo, Hart has […]
The immature reddish egret lingers at Lake Calumet. It is a sign that summer is still with us. But walking my dog in Horner Park this morning, I heard in the soft hissing call notes of migrating warblers the first whispers of fall. The natural world is slipping from summer into autumn, and the birds, […]
COCKS HAVE CLAWS AND WINGS TO FLY Latino Chicago Theater Company Amparo Garcia has assembled a fascinating collection of potentially explosive elements in her first play, Cocks Have Claws and Wings to Fly, being given its world premiere by Latino Chicago Theater Company. She’s created a family so full of anger, pain, and desperation that […]
THINKING MODERN: PAINTING IN CHICAGO, 1910-1940 at the Harold Washington Library Center, through October 16 In 1937 Chicago matron Josephine Logan, the wife of an Art Institute trustee, founded a movement called “Sanity in Art.” Supported by the Chicago Tribune’s art critic, Eleanor Jewett, this movement sought to resist, even suppress, new tendencies in art, […]
LIFE AND LIMB Tight & Shiny Productions at the Greenview Arts Center Tight & Shiny Productions–a shoestring gypsy theater company currently residing at the Greenview Arts Center–has made a career out of doing kick-ass versions of little-known works of well-known playwrights. Its production last season of David Mamet’s two-person drama The Woods was a revelation, […]
WBEZ’s new program director, Torey Malatia, wants to “unify and concentrate” the station’s music programming. What does that mean for jazz? Stay tuned.
In June a wall went up between a park in southwest Evanston and the Skokie Swift tracks, built and whitewashed by a group of neighbors who planned to paint a mural on it. For three weeks while they completed their preparations, the eight-foot-high, 350-foot-long wall stood bare, challenging taggers to defile it with their spray […]
Dear Reader: A black Toyota Camry, its right turn signal flashing, was stopped in the right northbound lane of Lin-coln Avenue for a red light at McCormick. As the light turned green and the car started to turn, a Chicago police car came up from behind it and tried to make the same turn from […]