JANICE BORLA GROUP Chicago vocalist Janice Borla released her first album in 1986 and waited a decade to make the sequel–during which time she has lived in the exurbs and taught college music–so the concept of “risk” probably won’t leap to mind at the mention of her name. But it should; the evidence arrived on […]
Pepe Vargas grew up in a small town outside Bogota, Colombia, studied law in Argentina, and worked as a university professor of economics and international law in Mexico before immigrating to the United States in 1979, ready for something new and eager to learn English. What he found was a country that differed greatly from […]
hayes.qxd Dear Sir: Well, part two of “Losing the War” by Lee Sandlin [March 14] was better than the first [March 7], but only because he stayed with interpretation more than facts. He did make a few mistakes again though. The reason Hitler and his generals thought the Soviet Union would fold under invasion was […]
Rolando Castellon “A Legacy of Mud: Post-Columbian Objects, 1981-1997” at Betty Rymer Gallery, through April 23 Ray Johnson at Feigen Incorporated, through April 19 By Fred Camper When the decline of traditional culture results in the loss of community, artists seek remedies in fiction. Gauguin, not finding the native religious art he’d expected in Tahiti, […]
PICKETTS As heard on their latest album, Euphonium (Rounder), Seattle’s Picketts deliver roots rock with an honest exuberance missing from most of the music that makes up the sprawling revisionist genre known as Americana. Supported by stand-up drummer Leroy “Blackie” Sheep and Young Fresh Fellow Jim Sangster on guitar, vocalist Christy McWilson sings with clear, […]
tesser.qxd To the editors: In a recent Critic’s Choice preview of jazz bassist Tatsu Aoki (March 28), I mentioned that he had released three albums of unaccompanied improvisations. At the time of that writing there were in fact four such albums; and a few days after that writing, the unheralded release of two more brought […]
Citizen Ruth Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed and written by Alexander Payne With Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Kurtwood Smith, Mary Kay Place, Kelly Preston, M.C. Gainey, Burt Reynolds, and Tippi Hedren. Inventing the Abbotts Rating *** A must see Directed by Pat O’Connor Written by Ken Hixon With Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Will Patton, […]
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zoellner.qxd To the editor: Michael Miner notes that virtually everyone is “lionizing Tiger” these days [April 25], but the most telling news peg here was missed by everyone. When Tiger Woods’s dad made that fantastic statement about his son, that he will “do more than any other man in history to change the course of […]
Cash from the NEA gives New Art Examiner Kathryn Hixson and publisher Grant Samuelson reason for hope.
RUINS/MUSICA TRANSONIC/MAINLINER Japan’s sprawling rock underground is a strange and wondrous thing, and it’s hard to think of a figure who represents its manic diversity better than drummer Tatsuya Yoshida. In the past he’s played with legendary heavies like YBO2 and Zeni Geva, but he’s best known as the constant in a revolving-door duo called […]
A Moment of Innocence This is one of the best features (1996) of the prolific and unpredictable Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a dozen of whose films are showing at the Film Center this month. It’s also one of his most seminal and accessible–a reconstruction of a pivotal incident during his teens. At the time the […]
CUT, POISON, and BURN, Mary-Arrchie Theatre. Playwright Louis Peter Cimino starts out on the right foot in his attempted expose of the Western medical establishment. Cut, Poison, and Burn opens at a fancy cocktail party where William Foster, the head of a pharmaceutical giant who addresses the crowd as “doctors and wives,” announces the grant […]
The 13th annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, April 4, through Monday, April 14. Film and video screenings will be at Chestnut Station, 850 N. Clark; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Art Institute Rubloff Auditorium, Columbus Drive at Monroe; First Chicago […]
Politicos recoil from a proposal to ban permit parking.