Once free for over 200 days, Kevin C. decided to spread the faith. He met informally several times with friends and convened the first official meeting of Lip Balm Anonymous in a meeting room in Mountain View, California. Several new members urged Kevin C. to make available the story of life without lip balm to the rest of the world.
Edmond Engel at Judy A. Saslow Gallery, through April 26 Deborah Maris Lader at InsideArt, through April 26 By Fred Camper The lines, splotches, and smears that make up the paintings and drawings of Edmond Engel–15 of which are on view at Judy A. Saslow–seem a bit chaotic at first. Figures are filled with multiple […]
“This is not a poem / It is a celebration of the road we have traveled,” wrote Nikki Giovanni, once a rebellious daughter of the Black Panther movement, now a university professor whose outspoken opinions continue to remind us that pride in one’s people must begin with pride in oneself (“Show me a person not […]
Former Borders employee Greg Popek Quit to spread the union’s message to other stores in the chain.
African Film Festival The third annual African Film Festival, presented by Columbia College’s Department of Film and Video, runs this weekend, Friday through Sunday, April 18 through 20, and next weekend as well. All screenings are free at the Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan; the Collins Theater, 624 S. Michigan; and the Hokin Hall Theater, […]
Jan Erkert & Dancers at the Athenaeum Theatre, April 3-6 By Terry Brennan In the last few years Jan Erkert & Dancers has emerged as the city’s leading modern dance company, a position solidified by the company’s selection to tour as part of the DanceLink project. In a competition in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Florida, […]
PADDYWACK, Profiles Theatre. Despite some clunky exposition and a thematically appropriate but implausible conclusion, Profiles’ Chicago premiere of Daniel Magee’s one-act about bigots in a London boardinghouse rooting out a suspected IRA terrorist provides a well-paced, compelling 90 minutes of theater, thanks largely to two nuanced portrayals of Irishmen on opposite sides of the political […]
Made between The Peddler and Marriage of the Blessed, this 1989 Iranian feature by the highly talented Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a filmmaker comparable in some ways to Martin Scorsese, follows the exploitation of an Afghan refugee who embarks on a bicycle marathon in order to raise money for his wife’s medical expenses. A searing expressionist work […]
Most of the fuss over the Halifax pop scene–Zumpano, Thrush Hermit, Jale, Eric’s Trip, Super Friendz–can be explained by how it stands in relief to the rest of Canada’s underpopulated musical landscape. Apart from the underrecognized Jale, Sloan is the best band of the lot and one of the most important too: some of the […]
Winifred Haun and Dancers at Links Hall, April 4-6 By Joseph Houseal Movement for movement’s sake, if it exists at all, is a self-annihilating idea. Motion devoid of any intellectual, emotional, or spiritual implication can only be superficial at best, purposeless at worst–what you see is all you get. Yet it’s Merce Cunningham’s ideal of […]
When Terri Kapsalis was doing graduate work in performance studies at Northwestern, she found a way to combine academics with her part-time job. She worked as a gynecology teaching associate, using her own body as a model to instruct medical students in pelvic and breast examinations. Once Kapsalis realized she was, in essence, performing on […]
Dilemma at the Gary Marks Gallery, through April 26 By Mark Swartz At the beginning of the century, Asian art represented either a pathway for collectors interested in cultivating different sensibilities or a resource for European and American modern artists searching for novel techniques. The differences that gave rise to such impulses have diminished since […]
THE CHEESE 4/19, JACKHAMMER’S This New Jersey quartet began as a cover band called the No Future Club. The originals on its debut, Flip Your Lid (Curb), hit so close to the melodic 70s radio rock of Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, and Peter Frampton as to make you wonder why the group even bothered changing […]
Life in the Post-Ginsberg World
Mike Kandel – Freak Flag Flying