The Psychology of Clumsiness The first time I saw trained clown Drew Richardson perform, in 1989, I hated him. I hated his show, an ambitious but flawed attempt to explore the two sides of clowning, the mischievous trickster and the playful child. I hated that he called himself a “dramatic fool” because to my eyes […]
PAUL O’DETTE Perhaps it’s because he started out playing rock ‘n’ roll guitar, but when Paul O’Dette plays the lute you’ll hear little of the conservative pomp and antiquarian bookishness of some of his colleagues’ performances. O’Dette’s readings of Baroque and Renaissance works are spunky, supple, and subtle; his complex picking and fingering has the […]
Captured at www.morestuff.com/ petnames/petnames.htm More Pet Names Tell us about what you name stuff. Hmm…I have a Macintosh at home that I named Knife, you know, “Knife the Mac,” but the Mac at work is called Highlander; a fitting name for a fine Scottish machine. I have a cockatiel that at last count has over […]
DAVE DOUGLAS TINY BELL TRIO In his decade-long career, New York trumpeter Dave Douglas has enjoyed the kind of meteoric ascent usually restricted to the pop world. In settings ranging from relatively straight jazz with pianist Horace Silver and saxist Vincent Herring through eclectic piecework with New and Used and Dr. Nerve to Yiddish jazz […]
Mr. Kruesi goes to Springfield–and comes back with precious little.
The Jesus Lizard/Dabbling in Futures
Amount of money in the current defense appropriations bill for programs that were neither requested by the Pentagon nor included in the House or Senate versions of the bill, but were quietly added at the last minute by members of the House-Senate conference committee: over $175 million, according to the “Weekly Defense Monitor” (October 16). […]
THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Blood Curdling Productions, at the Theatre Building. Stephen Mallatratt’s long-running London hit, based on Susan Hill’s book, uses traditional elements of the English ghost story as the core of a gimmicky actors’ showpiece. The derivative but spooky central tale involves a haunted house on a misty marsh, as the long-ago death […]
After two decades, booksellers Paul Rohe and his son Chris succumb tothe superstores.
FOUR QUEENS–NO TRUMP, Onyx Theatre Ensemble, at the Edgewater Theatre Center. Playwright Ted Lange displays an irritating predilection for blandness, predictability, and superficiality in this play. And no wonder, given that he’s best known for his role as Isaac the bartender on The Love Boat. In Four Queens–No Trump issues are dropped as quickly as […]
Films by Joseph Cornell Outside the cult of cinema buffs (to which he belonged), few people know that box maker and collagist Joseph Cornell also made short experimental films. The Film Center owns prints of several, appropriately enough given the Art Institute’s fine collection of Cornell’s quirky, theatrical boxes; like the films, they re-create a […]
Dallas Doll This 1994 feature is much too goofy to qualify as an absolute success, but it’s so unpredictable, irreverent, and provocative that you may not care. Australian writer-director Ann Turner has a lot on her mind, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to plot out many of her quirky moves in advance. Imagine Pier […]
? & the Mysterians Empty Bottle, November 1 Before the radio waves were balkanized, before the LP crippled the 45 and the CD killed it, before we needed an alternative to the alternative, Top 40 was the melting pot of American popular music. Harry Belafonte rubbed elbows with Johnny Cash, Ritchie Valens’s “La Bamba” climbed […]
Dancing Across State Lines “We do awkward things well–it’s the awkward aesthetic,” Zephyr Dance artistic director Michelle Kranicke says of the purpose of her all-female modern-dance troupe. Associate artistic director Emily Stein adds, “We want to find the beauty in things that are not pretty.” As Kranicke’s new solo and Stein’s new duet reveal, the […]
If style, as Quentin Crisp once said, is being yourself on purpose, then Dominic Hamilton-Little is the embodiment of style. From his eternally arched eyebrows to his exquisitely affected diction (everyone is daahhhling to him) to his proclivity for holding court like Bette Davis in All About Eve, he has spent his entire life creating […]