Iannis Xenakis La legende d’Eer (The Legend of Er) (Montaigne) By Jim Dorling They say the squeaky wheel gets the oil, but that only goes so far in explaining the surges of interest over the last two decades in a rock subgenre variously known as noise, hard noise, industrial noise, power electronics, and no wave. […]
The city’s bigest corner store expands again.
NEWBERRY CONSORT Music from the distant past deemed worthy of scholarly investigation and revival tends to be either sacred or courtly–works originally written and performed for the elite. The focus of the Newberry Consort’s season opener, however, is on the popular music of Paris in the late 1400s and early 1500s, when a thriving professional […]
YO-YO MA, LARRY COMBS, and DANIEL BARENBOIM This is as close to an ideal lineup for a chamber recital as they come: one of the most accomplished cellists of our time teaming up with a superlative pianist and joined, in one work, by a virtuoso orchestra principal. Yo-Yo Ma is a mesmerizing performer, bowing the […]
Ornette Coleman Sound Museum–Three Women Sound Museum–Hidden Man (Harmolodic/Verve) By Peter Margasak Most discussion of the two new Ornette Coleman recordings has focused on the presence of piano, and understandably so: apart from the insignificant keyboard presence on last year’s Tone Dialing, Coleman has steered clear of piano since 1958–the year of both the legendary […]
Lead Stories Road trips: In July fed-up citizens of Medford, Oregon, installed their own professional-looking–but illegal–speed bump on a street where residents had long complained to local authorities about speeding. In the same month a city official in Culemborg, Netherlands, put six sheep on a busy road at rush hour in order to slow down […]
Painter Julian Schnabel’s feature is a biopic about Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright), a black graffitist in New York who became famous in 1981 and died seven years later. Art critic Robert Hughes titled his obituary for Basquiat “Requiem for a Featherweight,” and part of what’s so interesting and unexpected about this picture is that it […]
Jeff Tweedy/Home, Hearth, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
A fascinating, revealing, and deeply disturbing–if highly imperfect–documentary feature by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, codirectors of the excellent Brother’s Keeper, about the trials and convictions resulting from the brutal murder and mutilation of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Most of what we see persuades us that two teenage boys have been convicted […]
I remember one time I was walking with him in the park. I think it was going very well for him at that time in his life. He had just won the special prize for speacial achievements in special activity in his special field of activities. And he is in love with one woman and […]
The eighth annual Polish Film Festival continues through Sunday, September 29, at the Gateway Movie Theater in the Copernicus Foundation building, 5216 W. Lawrence. Unless otherwise stated, all films are shown with English subtitles. Tickets are $6. For more information call 486-9612. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 The Sword From the Commander A 1995 parable about a […]
The Bloody Child
Hey, Faggot: I need your help fast! I am going overseas to visit my lover, whom I have not seen for four months. We are deeply in love and when we get together we are going to hump like bunnies! The problem is that, for a variety of reasons too complicated to go into, we […]
Chicago was once called the most active Klan city outside the south. It all started at a 1921 rally held at the farm of millionaire and onetime Cubs owner Charles Weeghman.
SEBADOH No one was supposed to like Sebadoh, a “project” started by Lou Barlow in 1988 before he was tossed unceremoniously out of Dinosaur Jr; he and cofounder Eric Gaffney did everything they could to guarantee that, designing their erratic, sloppy, noisy performances as endurance tests for audiences. But Barlow’s folky sense of melody and […]