Posted inNews & Politics

Leo and Adrian

Dear editor, In response to your cover story on Leo Ionita (5/6/94), I applaud your recognition of one of this city’s prized possessions, a young person that utilizes the talent that has been given to him to make himself a better person. I must, however, strongly disagree with your portrayal of Leo’s father Adrian. The […]

Posted inNews & Politics

News of the Weird

Lead Story Clinton supporter George W. Smith told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in February that he had a plan to relieve one of the president’s Whitewater problems, the potential taxpayer liability for the failure of the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan. Smith said he wanted to encourage private contributions toward the bailout by giving each contributor […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Positively Black

JAMES DENMARK at Black Art Group International, through June 25 In James Denmark’s collages, currently on view with his woodcuts, serigraphs, and lithographs at Black Art Group International, one or more African American figures at the center are surrounded by a wild multitude of colors and shapes. In Objects of Affection, a woman seen in […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Vital Signs

VITAL SIGNS Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre at Victory Gardens Studio Theater A kinetic flow of energy can become its own message: a play’s words can be less important than the power an actor puts behind them. In Vital Signs no single ingredient–the poetic script by William S. Carroll, solo performance by Carl […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Dialogues With Madwomen

A quirky 1993 documentary by Allie Light in which seven women, including Light, speak to the camera at length about their former madness and incarceration. The forms of insanity range from multiple personality disorder to manic depression to schizophrenia, and Light adds fictional and semifictional illustrations of the women’s visions and experiences. Much of what […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Communicating Doors

COMMUNICATING DOORS Stephen Joseph Theatre at the 1994 International Theatre Festival of Chicago, Merle Reskin Theatre Alan Ayckbourn’s 46th play is far from his best. In depth of character and satiric bite it lags behind such works as A Chorus of Disapproval, Absurd Person Singular, and The Norman Conquests. But as trifles go, Communicating Doors […]