Playhouse, at Covenant Methodist Church. David Mamet’s 1977 “radio play” is fueled by a pungent central irony. This anti-capitalist tale is told via a 1934 broadcast from the Hall of Science during Chicago’s Century of Progress world’s fair, which celebrated technological advance as the path to freedom “as we rush on.” The sardonic radio script, […]
Bozenna Biskupska: Time Beyond Time at the Polish Museum of America, through September 25 They sit with their backs to each other on square wooden logs, two angular sculpted figures. Faces and arms are barely distinguishable, and the surface of each is roughly textured, full of abrasions and ridges and holes. Rotting corpses perhaps, except […]
Hey Wyman and his fool editors– You limp-dick candy-ass little yuppie scum faggot–I ain’t no Deadhead but I do respect the dead–Jerry Garcia doesn’t deserve the trashing you gave him [Hitsville, August 25], you pond-scum buttfuck lily-livered limp-wristed piece of shit sad excuse for a human being. So here’s what we’ve decided your punishment is–I […]
“I woke up one morning and the creative urge was gone,” director Jim Schneider says, explaining why he dropped out of theater a year and a half ago. “I just reached a burn-out point.” The critics had savaged his last show, Cyclops, a camp updating of Euripides’ satyr play, itself a bawdy retelling of an […]
Lead Story In June in Van Nuys, California, Raphael Dale Rodriguez, 24, was charged with beating his girlfriend (maximum fine: $1,000) and strangling her pet rabbit (maximum fine: $20,000). In December an Oklahoma police officer faced charges of beating his girlfriend so badly he ruptured her eardrum (maximum jail time in Oklahoma: 90 days), and […]
Alma’s Pursuit at Live Bait Theater, through September 19 Malls with more square miles of parking than square footage of stores. The security of a lifetime career at Sears. Bathtubs without rings. Those weird, sparkly flowers painted on Fruit of the Loom sweatshirts and worn as high fashion by girlish women with overprocessed hair. These […]
Dear Reader, “Quick: Who Designed Water Tower Place [August 25]?” A: Who the hell cares. Paul Chan PS: Your cover stories are pathetic.
Andrew Sullivan’s “politics of homosexuality” is a perverse fantasy of sexual liberation that could only have sprung from the mind of a priveleged white male.
Arabian Knight Rating *** A must see Directed by Richard Williams Written by Williams and Margaret French With the voices of Vincent Price, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Beals, Eric Bogosian, Toni Collette, and Jonathan Winters To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar No stars (Worthless) Directed by Beeban Kidron Written by Douglas Carter Beane With […]
Dear Reader, How nice for you that you have a psychic on your music staff. Mr. Wyman’s lurid speculation on the life of Jerry Garcia [Hitsville, August 25] seems based on such phenomena. Garcia’s life/death was a private affair, and as such might not fall into the scope of Bill’s “music scene” coverage. But that’s […]
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus Plus Chicago Jazz Festival, September 2 Eleven years ago Ornette Coleman and his band Prime Time headlined one night of the Chicago Jazz Festival and attacked a largely unprepared audience with infectious polyrhythms and five dense lines of simultaneous melody. The weak-hearted fled. Three years later the all-improvised big band […]
Now that I’ve finally caught up with this live-action sleeper about a piglet that behaves like a sheepdog, I find it every bit as impressive as its reputation suggests, though I do find it creepy to be so entertained by a movie in which I can’t tell from one moment to the next whether I’m […]
Dear Reader: I have occasionally wondered whether Bill Wyman writes some of the things he does just to add spice to the Letters page. The trashing of him in those columns is evolving into an advanced art form, while Wyman himself appears to be devolving into a lower life form. His comments on Jerry Garcia […]
On September 13 for two years running members of a New York writers’ collective have lined up along the Brooklyn Bridge and recited erotic poetry to passersby. “Once you get past the first two poets you get used to it,” says Sharon Mesmer, a former Chicagoan and member of the collective. “Most people are pretty […]
A quintessential British cult figure, Edwyn Collins is in large part responsible for the mass popularity of wimpy pop, from the Smiths to Teenage Fanclub. His early-80s Glaswegian neopop band Orange Juice happily embraced premeditated earnestness, naivete, and coyness amid untrained guitar jangle and, later, white-boy soul. While few bands made the mistake of directly […]