BARK LIKE A COMIC at Victory Gardens Studio Some say our thumbs are what distinguish us from “lower life forms.” But I think it’s our sense of humor: it takes a set of pretty complex mental operations to transform the raw material of tragedy–busted-up marriages, unhappy childhoods, vague personal and philosophical discontent–into long, loud laughter. […]
We in the hood were shocked, then enraged, by the rhetorical warfare against Lincoln Park [“The Panic in Wicker Park,” August 26]. “Go home to Lincoln Park where you belong.” “Lincoln Park-ization”–these from page one alone. From east of Sheffield, Wicker Park always seemed sort of charming. We were cheering for it. If the pseudobeats […]
Like his childhood mentor Sonny Rollins, saxophonist David S. Ware exploits his gargantuan tone to full effect. Having cut his teeth in New York’s potent 70s loft jazz scene, Ware worked with pianist Cecil Taylor (power-blowing in a particularly blustery mid-70s version of Taylor’s Unit) and later locked horns with trumpeter Ted Daniel in drummer […]
Lead Story In February, a court-sanctioned dispute resolution panel in Akron, Ohio, awarded a 37-year-old woman $3,000 to settle her defective-product lawsuit against Doc Johnson Products, maker of “marital aids.” The woman had claimed that the tip of the plastic “anal stimulator” her boyfriend bought her broke off the first time she used it, injuring […]
Bernard Williams counts billboards, Spiderman, baroque Italian portraits, and “those paintings you see at the end of Good Times” among the influences that have shaped his ten-year career as a painter. Then last year he saw a video on Wassily Kandinsky at the Terra Museum. The way the music on the sound track connected with […]
In case the readers of the July 29 Letters column didn’t understand Terry Levin’s extended comments about Bob Wulkowicz as the “lone ‘environmentalist,’” or my alleged public gaffe, I will try to explain his job function: In Joravsky’s story, Madeline Kanner is everycitizen who one day sees something that concerns her and properly calls her […]
ZZ TOP ROSEMONT HORIZON, JULY 29 AEROSMITH WORLD MUSIC THEATRE, AUGUST 6 Ah, testosterone. That ordinary reproductive hormone isn’t just a source of adventure, excitement, and ecstasy; it can also change your musical tastes. Without healthy doses of it–or at least a healthy appreciation for it–you could wind up listening to Counting Crows. With it […]
CALM DOWN MOTHER, Yugen Theatre, at Cafe Voltaire. Perhaps the spacious auditorium at the Halsted Theatre Centre is what made the last Chicago production of Calm Down Mother, in 1992, such an inchoate mess. And maybe the restrictive quarters of the Voltaire basement are responsible for the way Yugen Theatre focuses audience attention through economical […]
** MY LIFE’S IN TURNAROUND (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward With Schaeffer, Ward, Lisa Gerstein, Dana Wheeler Nicholson, Debra Clein, Sheila Jaffe, John Sayles, Martha Plimpton, Phoebe Cates, and Casey Siemaszko. As a member of the New York film festival’s selection committee, I’ve seen or sampled close to […]
CHILDE BYRON, TinFish Productions, at the Greenview Arts Center. It would be difficult to make a piece of theater less visually interesting than TinFish’s production of Romulus Linney’s Childe Byron. First there’s the cramped Greenview Gallery, a basement room tiled with olive and puke-colored linoleum and dominated by a hanging sculpture that resembles a pair […]
Do artists need dealers? Ed Paschke. Wesley Kimler, and Tony Fitzpatrick intend to find out with a no-commission show at the World Tattoo Gallery.
“We will cut the heads off the Americans…we will devour them,” said a 25-year-old bus driver, making eating noises as he pretended to gnaw on human bones. “Tell the Americans not to forget even if we don’t have weapons we have other spirits,” he said, warning that Haitians would send zombies to attack the Marines […]
Joseph Crosetto, a member of the artists’ collective known as Colsons Truck Group, exhibits his portraits this month at the Bop Shop in a show entitled “My Friends & Idiots.” (This one’s called Heart of Goldschlager.) There’s an opening party tonight (Friday) from 7 to 9:30 at the club, 1807 W. Division; the show runs […]
Radio mogul Barry Mayo/He’s a hip hop child.
A Farewell to Maxwell Street