Driving south on Naper Boulevard from the East-West Tollway you’ll see a string of houses plopped on grass trimmed so short it hurts just to look at it. Grass, even Kentucky bluegrass, is humiliated by harsh mow jobs. It wants to grow tall, have flowers, have sex the same as any plant. But mowing prevents […]
Over the last four decades, jazz’s version of the power trio–the tenor/bass/drums alliance pioneered by Sonny Rollins in 1957–has launched a thousand flights of freedom: the exclusion of piano opens up the group timbre, and it also helps cut the music loose from its traditional harmonic moorings. In his Ritual Trio, drummer Kahil EI’Zabar loosens […]
You don’t have to see the pins. You just have to knock them down.
Joyous Christian Greetings! In your issue of 24 June, in the “Lecture Notes” column [Calendar], Imani Nyah made accusations that the Catholic Church supported the Fascist genocide against the Ethiopians. Specifically, the accusation was that the Pope blessed the planes used to bomb and gas civilians. These charges are nothing short of fantastic. It is […]
After several seasons in search of a suitable principal maestro, the Grant Park Music Festival has landed a real catch. At 41, Hugh Wolff is in the ranks of such up-and-coming Americans as Gerard Schwarz and James Conlon, both poised to head major orchestras within the next decade. Certainly he has the right credentials: a […]
Whatever Bill Wyman feels about Rick Telander’s opinion about Kurt Cobain’s lack of a coach [Hitsville, May 20], it is just that–an opinion. Mr. Telander is well versed in the facts of his chosen field, something that cannot equally be said for Mr. Wyman. Bill Wyman states, “Organized sports consists almost entirely of suit-and-tied strategists” […]
Using the U.S. postal service is an act of faith these days. Let that letter drop from your fingertips into the black void of a Chicago mailbox and you’d better believe in some higher authority than the courier in that angular little truck. When it absolutely, positively has to be there in 100 microseconds, through […]
Dear Reader: OK, I give. Hitsville psychologist Bill Wyman is right: sports are evil. Just look, as Wyman has [June 24], at what playing football has done to O.J. Simpson. Never mind that Simpson hasn’t strapped on a helmet in nearly 15 years, he clearly is representative of the athletes of the world. Kurt Cobain […]
To the editor: The advertisement signed by “J. Johnson” on page 38, Section 1, of the June 24th issue, should not have been printed by any responsible newspaper. You have let “Mr. Johnson” (there is no address or phone number with his name) turn the Reader into a forum where the most vulgar racists can […]
Can Michael Caplan and Steve Diller hit movie pay dirt with a gay screwball comedy set in Peoria?
LIE DETECTOR Cricket Playhouse at Center Theater Studio You understand, sir, that in reviewing Cricket Playhouse’s premiere of Lie Detector, by David Silvis, any inaccuracy in your comments will show up as a flutter on this polygraph machine to which we’ve hooked you up. Yes, sir. Good. You understand further that polygraph exams function best […]
Vocalist Buddy Ace hails from Texas, and he’s got the suave sophistication one might expect from a Lone Star State bluesman who cites Bobby “Blue” Bland as one of his primary influences. But he’s capable of steamy funk as well as mellow balladeering, and his Old Testament prophet appearance–white suit, flowing mane, regal beard–adds to […]
It’s Tuesday and the night is crazy muggy and a crowd is gathering in front of the Bop Shop on West Division. B-boys and girls in their late teens and early 20s are standing in slouchy jeans and backward-turned caps talkin’ and trippin’. The mad bass of A Tribe Called Quest is rippling out from […]
LOCUS SOLO DANCE Jeff Friedman at Link’s Hall, July 8 and 9 Trust begins with self-trust. Some people may think they trust themselves, but they really trust the thinking mind–stored information, theories and ideas of other people–not their intuitive wisdom. True self-trust has to include physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. –Dan Millman, The Life […]
The essence of Louisville’s Palace Brothers is the quavering, forlorn, achingly beautiful voice of Will Oldham–a vulnerable warble somewhere between Neil Young and Meat Puppets II-era Curt Kirkwood. On last year’s breathtaking There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You (Drag City), Oldham was surrounded by a shifting cast of musicians, including several former […]