When the Tribune’s enjoyable ArtsPlus was pushed from its colorful and prominent place on the back page of the paper’s front news section last September, it became the journalistic equivalent of the garbage scow that couldn’t find a place to come into port. Weekdays it appeared–with black-and-white photos, and in attenuated form–well hidden on the […]
The woman left her counter at a nearly empty Lincoln Avenue thrift shop to show a male customer some merchandise in the back. “Anybody ever buy these bikes?” he asked. “Nobody but you,” she laughed. He pointed to a pair of exercise bicycles. “And these don’t move?” “No, they don’t.” Leaning on a handlebar, he […]
As in his Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, Mark Rappaport offers a trenchant piece of film criticism, revisionist history, and social commentary in the form of a movie star’s fictionalized autobiography–specifically Jean Seberg (Mary Beth Hurt) speaking from beyond the grave about her life and career, as well as the careers of Jane Fonda and Vanessa […]
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Hey, Faggot: I am in some serious trouble here! I have a really wonderful girlfriend and I’m very much in love with her. We’re also best friends and get along great. The only problem is sex. I know, who doesn’t have problems with sex. But mine is a sad, sad case. She has a most […]
While other kids were dreaming of being famous athletes, Keith Kreiter was dreaming of being their agent. Little by little, his dream is coming true.
By Harold Henderson (Some) newcomers welcome. The city Department of Environment is working to restore native vegetation and habitat at North Park Village Nature Center, but ecological nativism won’t work everywhere, writes commissioner Henry Henderson in Urban Naturalist (January/February/March). “In the Department’s City Trees guide, in addition to recommending native species such as Hackberry, Catalpa […]
The audiences paying to laugh at Jackie Mason’s fag and shvartzer jokes can’t even see their own feet, let alone the forest for the trees [Performance, December 15]. I’ve been blindly knocked into many times by these lily-white suburban “theater” goers dumping onto Halsted after shows, glazed-eyed and oblivious to scumbag neighborhood pedestrians on the […]
I’m interested to know if electronic technology is available for controlling (a) a person’s state of mind such as for brainwashing, making a person commit a crime, commit suicide, and so on; (b) a person’s inner thoughts or voices by planting an electronic implant in a person’s eyes or skull. If such a technology is […]
TENORES DE ONIFERI The music of the Italian island Sardinia has remained largely untouched by modern European influences. As a result it’s kept as one of its greatest cultural treasures a striking vocal music going back 4,000 to 5,000 years–cantos a tenores. Sardinia’s Tenores de Oniferi carry on the tradition. In doing so they employ […]
Hot Monkey Pi / Dirty People on Ice
What a hoot! Sending an inspector from the PC Police to review Jackie Mason was a great idea [Performance, December 15]. While the review wasn’t as funny as Mason’s act, it had its moments. Helbig’s wife threatening to leave was the emotional high point. I hope that she was able to turn her ticket over […]
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