As much as I relish the clever way Die Hanswurste tricked certain members of the press into believing their ragtag group of American comic actors were really handpicked representatives of […]
Winter Pageant Redmoon Theater, December 31 and January 1 Reviewing Redmoon Theater’s annual Winter Pageant is like critiquing the gay pride parade; if you don’t support it, you feel like […]
National Jewish Theater. Set in Brooklyn (where else?) in 1946, Leah Kornfeld Friedman’s loving but familiar memory play details teenage Lillie’s awkward coming-of-age, piano lessons and all–even broken front teeth […]
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant No Quarter (Atlantic) Joni Mitchell, speaking to her audience on the rudely entitled live album Miles of Aisles, combined pretension and bad manners in equal […]
Director Douglas Hartzell wonders what it takes to have a hit in this town.
Beaver Hunt! Factory Theatre Amy Seeley and Jenny Kirkland’s parody of violent buddy movies outstones Oliver Stone. Midway through Beaver Hunt! two crooks on the lam produce one-pound zip-lock baggies […]
In Paris people stop Chicagoan Bob Guinan on the street to ask for his autograph. His paintings of Division Street denizens sell for thousands of dollars. Even President Mitterand owns one. So who’s Bob Guinan?
NOTICE: Band at Work. Tracking a new jazz group’s progress can provide as much fulfillment as discovering a young star. And while you won’t find any phenoms in Kelly Brand’s […]
The central image in Dori Grace Lemeh’s collage painting The Strength of a Woman shows a trio of African American women holding children. The figures are embellished by fragments of […]
Before 1964 Leon Fleisher was among the greatest pianists of his day, a renowned interpreter of Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms. But when carpal tunnel syndrome, then a mysterious illness, […]
1. Bottle Rockets, The Brooklyn Side. This is a thoroughly wrongheaded record. No one cares about rural America these days (save Newt Gingrich, and that’s just the con artist in […]
Tim Hagans hasn’t drawn the spotlight: he has issued neither controversial statements nor radical methodology, and consequently his name may ring no bells. But his trumpet work chimes and peals, […]
Newtonian Statistics Truth may be the first casualty of war, but peacetime can be just as dangerous. It dies whenever misrepresentation is lazily accepted as politically meaningful, as the view […]
Where did the practice of kissing under the mistletoe arise? Mistletoe is a fungus, for God’s sake. –Wolf Dixie, Indianapolis What’s your problem with funguses? Some of my best friends […]
Dear Mr. [Harold] Henderson: Regarding your article “Policy: Guns ‘n’ Poses” [December 16], I imagine that the feedback falls into two groups: those who feel you have sold out humanity […]