miller2.qxd To the Editor: Molly Shanahan’s review of “Forward Motion” at Dance Chicago ’97 [October 31] demonstrates again that reality need not be disturbed when it comes to a Reader review of an artistic endeavor. John Schmitz and Fred Solari’s production of several dance companies in one show is one where “no one is truly […]
Spin The Girl Issue Rolling Stone The 30th Anniversary Issue: Women of Rock By Monica Kendrick I didn’t want to write this article. I didn’t even want to read these magazines. I saw little of interest in Fiona Apple’s waif-me face or the already overexposed Courtney Love and Madonna flashing skin and flanking one-woman authenticity […]
Lead Stories Another distinguishing characteristic: According to an October Reuters news report, a man who was fined about $357 for mooning German chancellor Helmut Kohl in a political protest two years ago near Vienna, Austria, has decided to appeal. The man has asked a court to require Kohl to come back to Vienna, take a […]
shen.qxd In my Critic’s Choice on Lyric Opera’s La boheme (November 7), I mistakenly moved up conductor Bruno Bartoletti’s retirement. The maestro, I’m happy to report, will stick around until the end of the ’98 season. Ted Shen
Starship Troopers Rating ** Worth seeing Directed by Paul Verhoeven Written by Ed Neumeier With Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown, Seth Gilliam, and Patrick Muldoon. By Jonathan Rosenbaum When did American action blockbusters stop being American? Sometime in the last two decades, in between the genocidal […]
Hey, Faggot: AIDS was a crisis because thousands of people were getting sick and dying, and nobody knew why; they couldn’t do anything about it and didn’t know how to prevent it. That constitutes a crisis. At this point in time, however, it is known how AIDS is transmitted, and it is preventable in simple […]
sterno.qxd To the Editor: (Re: Our Town, “All Dressed Up” by S.L. Wisenberg, November 7) The proper plural of Elvis is Elves. I thought everybody knew that! Sterno Evanston PS: Mazel tov Niquie and Phil!
Stereolab, Mouse on Mars Metro, November 12 By Peter Margasak Often cited as a turning point in the evolution of rock, George Harrison’s mediocre sitar playing on the Beatles’ mid-60s records is also a grand argument for sampling. Back then, if you wanted to incorporate exotic sounds, you had to either fly in some foreign […]
Whenever anyone asks my opinion on the greatest football player of all time, my answer is always the same and almost always surprising. Dick Butkus. This rarely fails to raise eyebrows, because the football players usually mentioned as the greatest–Red Grange, Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Dan Marino, Walter Payton (who to […]
By Michael Miner Premature Congratulation By the grace of God, last week’s Jeff Awards weren’t a fiasco. The results were displayed hours ahead of time on two different Web sites, but few people noticed. When Second City producer Kelly Leonard arrived at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for the evening ceremonies on […]
TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA Baroque ensembles are a dime a dozen these days, and even the best of them can show signs of staleness. Not Tafelmusik. Having been around for almost two decades, this Toronto-based group of 19 core members plays commandingly well, whether treading the familiar terrain of Bach and Handel or introducing half-forgotten works […]
rROBERT BRADLEY’S BLACKWATER SURPRISE 11/21, PARK WEST The rags-to-riches story here seems a little too good to be true: blind, 46-year-old singer-songwriter Robert Bradley is busking on the streets of Detroit when a young rock band “discovers” him; they get signed to RCA and he gets to be in Liar’s Poker with Flea and Mike […]
felshman.qxd In my story on the Chicago Arts and Crafts Society (Calendar, November 7), I erroneously identified Paul Waggoner as the curator of the exhibit currently on display at the Second Presbyterian Church. He is the project director; noted Arts and Crafts expert Sherry Richmond curated. My apologies to them both. Jeffrey Felshman
House/Lights The Wooster Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art, November 12-16 By Justin Hayford It’s easy to dismiss the Wooster Group’s House/Lights as indulgent art-world posturing. Seven actors careen through 90 disjointed, aloof minutes never betraying an emotion and rarely finishing a thought–when they bother to speak at all. Instead they fling set pieces […]
Urbus Orbis, the Wicker Park coffeehouse and cultural landmark, falls prey to the gentrification it helped attract.