BED, at the Chopin Theatre. At first we’re led to believe that the man and woman who wake up together in Bed have just indulged in a drunken one-night stand. But the more they talk (and they do talk and talk and talk), the more it seems they must know each other pretty well, sharing […]
whiteis.qxd To the editor: Harold Henderson hit a lot of nails squarely on the head with his piece on the demolition of public housing in Chicago [“There Goes Their Neighborhood,” May 29]. I’d like, however, to add a few more thoughts: (1) Several times in the article, references are made to public housing residents who […]
Mekons When the Mekons started recording for the local Quarterstick label in 1992, some 13 years after putting out their first album, they also finally abandoned the notion of living off the band. Bad experiences with unsympathetic major labels in the late 80s and early 90s had soured the already cynical members, and now the […]
BLUE MOUNTAIN “Listen, man, I know that alt-country stuff is big up there,” a friend from Mississippi told me. “But Cary Hudson is a country motherfucker, from back when country wasn’t cool.” I can’t argue–Homegrown (Roadrunner), the second album by Hudson’s wonderful trio Blue Mountain, is the real item, a collection of hoedown rock and […]
LISITSA AND KUZNETSOFF/ ANTHONY AND JOSEPH PARATORE No duo-piano team is more musical than Lisitsa and Kuznetsoff, and none is more flamboyant than the Paratore brothers, two family acts that will make a joint appearance this week in Grant Park. Much of the literature for two pianos consists of transcriptions that try to mimic the […]
Musical! The Musical, at the Royal George Theatre Center Gallery. The name of this entirely improvised musical changes nightly; I saw Moby!, a version of Melville’s classic novel complicated by a pair of stowaway Greenpeacers (with their own reasons for saving the whales), a first mate (with his own reasons for standing by his captain), […]
Aboard a lively tour of the city’s gay-history hot spots.
Movable Beast Dance Festival at the Chernin Center for the Arts, June 20 and 21 By Terry Brennan During an after-show discussion on the last night of the Movable Beast Dance Festival, talk turned to whether an event like this one, a showcase for experimental dance, could succeed. One of the organizers, Asimina Chremos, said […]
Lead Stories In New Zealand biologist Larry Jensen and computer animator Andrew Chung announced in March that they had produced a video depicting the sex life of moss. Said Jensen, “Plants may not walk around and hold hands the way humans do, but they have ways of bringing eggs and sperm together that are very […]
If sugar-addled buyers at last week’s All Candy Expo at Navy Pier stopped gobbling free samples long enough to notice, they might have been disturbed to learn what confectioners must know: sick sells. Aliens (UFO Space Pop) and money (Zillionaire$) are big. So are monsters (Dracula’s Blood & Tears) and bodily fluids (Snot!, Droolers). Some […]
Wilbur Farley’s heart is where his home is, and his home is history.
Friday, June 12, 10:40 PM Dispatcher: Looks like we’re comin’ back to play on Sunday. Unidentified Caller: Bite your tongue. unidentified caller number two: Who cares? Unidentified Caller number three: Overtime! Overtime! Unidentified Caller number four: Show me the money. 18-D: 18-David. Tell all D sector units to come out to their intersections with their […]
CREEPER LAGOON Pavement has made an awful lot of records since the late 80s, so chances are this San Francisco quartet’s elegantly sluggish rhythms and intricate intertwining guitars–not to mention the lazy drawl of singers Ian Sefchick and Sharky Laguana–won’t exactly shake up your world. But Creeper Lagoon’s music is smoother and slicker than their […]
Out of Sight Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed by Steven Soderbergh Written by Scott Frank With George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Albert Brooks, Steve Zahn, and Catherine Keener. The Brigands: Chapter VII Rating *** A must see Directed and written by Otar Iosseliani With Amiran Amiranachvili, Alexi Djakeli, Dato […]
An old man got on the Ravenswood el at Armitage. He was singing and talking to himself–scraps of hymns like “Rock of Ages” and “In the Sweet Bye and Bye,” bits of sermons addressed to nobody in particular. “Lord, if you take me today, I’m ready,” he said at one point. “And if there are […]