John Mendelssohn I, Caramba (Rhino) As if following the maxim “those who can’t, teach,” rock critics often reveal a personal agenda, a sense of sad betrayal from being denied their own shot at stardom. The writing carries an undercurrent of “I could do better than that,” or at least a lot of rock fans seem […]
Dear Sir/Madam: On August 4, 1995, the Reader published a front-page article written to extol the accomplishments of Dr. Robert Simon, the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital. The article also supported his contention that the use of emergency-room observation centers would reduce health-care expenditures nationally in a significant way. […]
The neglected Canadian animator Richard Williams directed and coscripted this mind-boggling London-made cartoon musical feature, the first to be made in ‘Scope since Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in 1959. It’s a movie that’s been in and out of production since 1968, apparently because Williams mainly worked on it as a labor of love in between more […]
JIMMY SOMERVILLE 9/1, VORTEX A pioneer in what has come to be known as gay disco–he served stints in British synth-pop bands Bronski Beat and the Communards–Jimmy Somerville exploits a piercing falsetto to produce consistently banal love songs. His new solo outing Dare to Love (London) alternates between soft-edged techno and quasi-soulful pop, but all […]
Since childhood Bill Close has associated sounds with nature. As a boy, he spent a lot of time at a pond near his home. “The wind would blow through long reeds and create tones,” he recalls. “The bullfrogs would sing this amazing opera at dusk.” Summers were spent sailing on his grandfather’s boat in Buzzards […]
When are your editors going to banish Harold Henderson? His article entitled “Natural Facts” [August 11] is another example of the twisted turn to the right his so-called environmental reporting has taken. Clearly Henderson’s diatribes would be more appropriate in a conservative rag rather than a publication such as the Reader which targets a progressive […]
We met Daniel Duffy wobbling through the Morrie Mages (“Mr. Sporting Goods”) Playground near the Waveland greens. His wash-and-wear toddler togs squealed “playtime!” But caseworkers from the Department of Children and Fashion Services demanded further explanation. Was the look age-appropriate? Or was it merely playing dress up? They opened a file. Young Duffy chooses an […]
Lead Story In July U.S. representative Jack Metcalf of Washington revealed that the U.S. Forest Service and a state agency had planned to spend $18,000 to dye rocks gray and brown along a scenic highway in the Cascade Mountains to make the rocks look more naturally weathered. (Later in the month, the project was postponed.) […]
The new top dog at Steppenwolf is managing director Michael Gennaro, who comes with an impressive arts/showbiz pedigree.
No. 9: Dear Greer
Montserrat Caballe doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of the fading diva who hits the recital circuit to rekindle her glory days. At 62 the Spanish soprano still retains much of the legendary pianissimo in her lustrous voice, and as a seasoned veteran of the most prestigious opera houses, she knows how to artfully cover her […]
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This 1994 Canadian comedy by Mina Shum revolves around a 22-year-old aspiring Chinese actress (Sandra Oh), living in a North American city with her parents and younger sister, who has to choose between her ambitions and traditional family loyalties. I wouldn’t call the film an unqualified success–the acting is uneven, for instance–but I learned a […]
In the early 1960s alto saxist Jackie McLean put together a group that he felt would catch the spirit of change and the drive for freedom and independence that the political winds were then buffeting around the nation. You can gauge his success from the group’s two Blue Note recordings (One Step Beyond and Destination […]
What’s the deal with “ice beer”? What’s supposed to be good about it? As an occasional home brewer, my gut tells me that freezing beer to make it better is a crock, but I’ve never heard the breweries try to explain it. Is there something to it, or are they all riding the wave of […]