Wacky optimist award. From Mayflower Transit’s “checklist for a smooth move”: “Give yourself at least two weeks to unpack and organize your belongings.” More help for those who need it less. “At the University of Chicago –home of the nuclear chain reaction and Pinochet’s economic development team–plans are under way to cut back spending on […]
Tag: Vol. 25 No. 43
Issue of Aug. 1 – 7, 1996
Luther Allison/Skyline Stage, July 26
Kick Out the Jams
Before I Disappear, Bailiwick Repertory
Perils of Paul/Pauline
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Robert Schumann, like most cultivated Germans of his day, held in awe the Faust legend as told by Goethe. Its rhetoric of scientific quest for truth, its message of good triumphing over seductive evil, and its appeal for eternal love defined a romantic ideal for which Schumann, throughout his short career, tried […]
It takes a certain breed to be a baby photographer. If you haven’t got the guts to go for the money, this job isn’t for you.
“Do you want my abs flexed?” he asks as she poses him against a wall. He unzips his pants and rolls them down to his underwear.
The Culture Club
Uptown Businesses Pull Together…Too Late to Save a Theater
On a Slow Boat to China: Songs by Frank Loesser
On a Slow Boat to China: Songs By Frank Loesser, National Jewish Theater. Frank Loesser joins Kurt Weill, Irving Berlin, and Richard Rodgers as Jewish-American composers who have inspired rousing National Jewish Theater revues in which obscure curiosities share the stage with beloved showstoppers. Devised, directed, and choreographed by Jim Corti and warmly arranged by […]
Yum Yum Hard to Swallow/Postscript
Yum-Yum Hard to Swallow Given the way people in high places have frothed over Chris Holmes and the 21-gun salute the press has given Dan Loves Patti, the debut album by his band Yum-Yum, it’s shocking to learn that thus far the album looks like a stiff. The 24-year-old inveterate schmoozer, who also fronts space-rock […]
The Straight Dope
Why am I seeing pairs of shoes tied together by the laces hung up on power lines? –Lloyd S., via AOL Been getting this question a lot lately. Lacking a proper way to investigate it, I figured I might as well cast aside the pretense of science and post it to the Net, specifically, the […]
Home of the Blues
Six months into its new recycling program has Chicago really got it in the bag?
What’s My Problem?
What’s My Problem? at Cafe Voltaire. Her face is screwed up in a grimace of pained concentration. Her voice is an exhalation somewhere between a sigh and a migraine. She’s Dr. Myra Kopin, and she’s here to help you. The topic for this evening’s group-therapy session is “Loving Food, Loving Yourself,” and she encourages us […]
Days of the Week
Crossing Boundaries III: The Life of the Mind
CROSSING BOUNDARIES III: THE LIFE OF THE MIND, Strawdog Theatre Company. Calling your annual showcase of short plays “Crossing Boundaries” lets you put just about anything you want onstage–and subtitling the project “The Life of the Mind” hardly narrows the field. Producers might imagine that such freedom works to their advantage; as Strawdog artistic director […]
Rebels of the Neon God
Rebels of the Neon God Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang acknowledges that this film, his first, is part of a long tradition: focusing on four alienated youths, he has one of them confront a large James Dean poster. Two characters, brothers, steal phone coin boxes and video-game innards for a living; the third is one brother’s […]