A mourning dove has been living on my block since we moved in in early February, often perching in a tree on the corner or doing its head-bobbing pigeon walk around the courtyard of our building searching for food. It–only another mourning dove can tell whether it is a he or a she–may have found […]
This 1994 feature about a friendship between two intellectual writers in the 50s and 60s doesn’t qualify as writer-director Carlos Reichenbach’s best work, but it’s an excellent introduction to one of the most interesting and creative Brazilian filmmakers around. His artistic interests and surreal imagination evoke Raul Ruiz as well as the French New Wave. […]
Writer Blocked This week’s Reader cover story is bounty from the American Journalism Review, which signed its author to a contract and then thought twice. The writer, Richard Wexler, thinks he knows why. “They were very explicit about it,” says Wexler. “I received a call from [senior editor] Elliott Negin, who explicitly said they’d received […]
The Misanthrope Court Theatre Travesties Court Theatre The official explanation for why Court Theatre paired The Misanthrope and Travesties for its spring repertory package is that artistic director Charles Newell wanted “two plays as different as possible that use the same number of actors,” a spokeswoman told me at last weekend’s marathon opening day. Still, […]
How the Tribune’s panicky coverage of the Joseph Wallace murder case jeopardized a promising child welfare innovation – family preservation.
There’s nothing pure about “pure” dance: when it’s done well it produces plenty of thoughts and feelings in the viewer, opening up to the imagination vast new territories. Somehow pure dance frees us to see all the nuances of the movement, which can be obscured by plot, characters, even ideas that are too muscular. Marie […]
To Bill Wyman, I cannot tell a lie. The “Stoley the Cartoon Boy” of last week’s Letters to the Editor [March 17] is not Stoley the lead singer of the Lupins. Like my letter, your criticism has gone on unchecked. I sincerely apologize to the real Stoley and the Lupins, for I assumed this caricature […]
The Tricky Business of Slacker Seduction
Heidi House at N.A.M.E. Gallery, March 10 and 11 The word “normal” is an imperative in Heidi Arneson’s description of her childhood home. For once it’s not meant ironically–in Heidi House, a beautiful metaphorical representation of Arneson’s early home, the family seems functional. There are no hints of incest, abuse, alcoholism, or any of the […]
Although most of the elements are familiar and virtually all of the characters are unpleasant, this is a better than average melodrama–mainly because of the volcanic power of Kathy Bates in the title role, but also because of some attractive cinematography by Gabriel Beristain and disciplined script work by Tony Gilroy in adapting a Stephen […]
For your December 2, 1994, feature article “Searching for the Great Black Hope” I thank you. I am glad I had not read the article til now because of all the ironic situations that have occurred since December 2. It seems the subject politicians feel I owe them my vote cause I’m black and whites […]
We read him so you don’t have to.
The eleventh annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, March 24, through Monday, April 3. Film and video screenings will be at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. […]
Bassist Edgar Meyer, who’s long been fascinated with his instrument’s ability to imitate the human voice, has drawn renewed attention to the least appreciated member in the traditonal orchestral string hierarchy. It helps too that the 34-year-old multifaceted soloist and composer–who teaches at Vanderbilt and was recently named a member of the Chamber Music Society […]
Dear Editor: As commodore of my own virtual flagship company, Universal Dildonics, I’m happy to see that the Reader has left behind the days of astonishingly long cover stories on prairie chickens and the like–and replaced them with astonishingly long fare on masturbation machines [November 4] and foreskin [March 10]. These pieces resemble poker-faced and […]