Rogers Park’s much-hyped Gateway Mall remains a dream deferred.
wilde.qxd A poet can survive everything but a misprint, as Oscar Wilde said, so let me rectify an error in a Wildean aphorism I misquoted in my October 2 review of Court Theatre’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. The correct quotation is: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Albert Williams
drazen.qxd To the Reader: Mark Gavreau Judge quoted David Horowitz as lamenting why there aren’t more black and Hispanic conservatives [“Turn to the Right,” September 25]. I submit that the main reason is because they know they would not be truly welcome, since the right wing is the natural home for the white supremacists who […]
Erin Sax brings a completely fresh perspective to the filming of cadavers–seen here being prepared for burial–in this 19-minute film from 1994, which implicitly argues with 1970s films by Stan Brakhage and Hollis Frampton that deal with autopsies. The earlier filmmakers poeticized the bodies and body parts they photographed, using rhythmic editing to place their […]
Hey, Faggot: I am writing you on behalf of the Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in Guatemala. We had the opportunity to read a few of your columns and nearly pissed ourselves laughing so hard. A friend of mine in the States sent me two of your columns, and I circulated them among quite a […]
Art at the Royal George Theatre Center The Berlin Circle Steppenwolf Theatre Company By Adam Langer When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden’s green and gold, / Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mould; / And the first rude sketch that the world […]
grisham.qxd The credo of the tabloid-inspired media has often seemed to emphasize sex, camp, kitsch, schlock–along with babble, dirt, innuendo, and wiseacre opinion. Plus a lot of cigarette ads with smiling coffins. Then they recycle the stuff. It does appear that main, yellow-stream media have just plumb gone Murdoch. Sex sells everything–from bathroom deodorizers to […]
ELLIOTT SMITH Since performing his song “Miss Misery” from the movie Good Will Hunting on the Oscars earlier this year, Elliott Smith has become the glossy mags’ favorite mopey white boy, kind of the way Kurt Cobain was in the early 90s. But whereas Cobain’s anguish and confusion were manifest in Nirvana’s confrontational music, Smith’s […]
A MINOR FOREST 10/9, EMPTY BOTTLE This Bay Area trio’s complex, intricate power rock is more sophisticated than the usual stop-and-start stuff–the quiet parts often exist for a better reason than to show off a rudimentary understanding of dynamics or familiarity with Slint. On the new Inindependence (Thrill Jockey) this intelligence sometimes backfires, and the […]
His opponents take it on the chin as Roosevelt university’s Ted Gross wins another round in the fight for the Auditorium Theatre.
halloran.qxd Dear Reader, I read Carol Burbank’s review of my work premiering September 18, Love Bleeds Into Everything–We’re Drowning at Night [September 25], and though I appreciate her attending the show, I do wonder about the information in her critique of the work. Imagine my astonishment, as well as my dancers’, to find that this […]
DJ SPOOKY/PLASTILINA MOSH On his major label debut, Riddim Warfare (Outpost), DJ Spooky comes off less like the “custodian of aural history” he claimed to be in 1996 than a highbrow homeboy digging all the high-profile help corporate bread can buy–and despite his usual aggravating pomposity, it’s his most listenable effort yet. Earlier this year […]
From the pages of Mommy and I Are One, Number 6 (P.O. Box 643, Allston, MA 02134; $4.95) Excerpts from: I, Doll Collector By Kate Piestrup Hambrecht Doll collectors like myself have the unhappy distinction of sharing one of the most transparently pathological hobbies in America. Most of us are overweight, middle-aged or elderly women […]
Sex sells: it’s an advertising cliche that spans an abyss, the one between our animal and higher natures. Dance straddles the same abyss–but unlike advertising, its treatments of sex can serve a variety of purposes. Sure, some sexy dance merely sells the show. But other times it puts us in the hot seat, squirming as […]
MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES He’s hailed now as the man who breathed new life into tango, but for a long time purists detested Astor Piazzolla, accusing him of unnecessary complexity and elitism. Starting in the 50s Piazzolla, who died in 1992, transformed the genre he loved by expanding its lexicon, adding dissonant touches and chromatic […]