Why kick a man when he’s down?
LOOPER If Looper’s Stuart David weren’t the bassist for Glasgow indie faves Belle and Sebastian, his new Up a Tree (Sub Pop) would probably be dismissed as little more than a nice oddity, but here he is on a U.S. tour that brings him to town for not one but two gigs. Certainly there’s something […]
Conservative ideologues like Danielle Crittenden say women would be happier if they’d just put babies before work. But even Crittenden knows better than to try it herself.
Reportedly (and understandably) Youssef Chahine’s most popular film among Egyptians, this gritty and relatively early (1958) black-and-white masterpiece also features his most impressive acting turn, as a crippled news vendor working at the title railroad station. The adroit interweaving of various miniplots around the station is matched by a heady mix of moods and genres: […]
The Hard Life of a Minister’s Wife By Sarah Downey Being a minister’s wife is not the easiest of jobs. What other vocation makes a woman responsible for not only her own family but a whole flock of needy parishioners? A minister’s wife must be ready to assume the duties of a doctor, psychiatrist, teacher, […]
Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith’s cabaret piece is not the deepest show about art I’ve ever seen–that honor goes to Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending a Staircase. But it may be the most playful. Especially when Smith and O’Reilly wax mischievous and provide alternative lyrics to the old pop song “Mona Lisa”: here the artist’s subject, […]
Seven years ago Jim Carrane seemed on the verge of something big. The theater group he’d helped found, the Annoyance, was white-hot. His one-man show there, I’m 27, I Still Live at Home and I Sell Office Supplies, was a big hit. He began to get TV gigs. He says his subject–Gen X-ers who move […]
What will it take to bring a spectacular Italian mosaic out of storage?
I’ve often read that there were 500,000 morphine addicts running around after the Civil War. Is this true? If so, did narcotics have a deleterious effect on the Old West? How many cowboys were wacko on these then-legal drugs? –Bill, via the Internet You know, war is a bad thing. Even if we leave out […]
A Feast for the Eyes For the last few years the trend in restaurant decor has been cool, calculated minimalism, an approach that’s worked beautifully in places like Blackbird in the Randolph market district or the newer Watusi in Bucktown. But Tizi Melloul, a new Moroccan restaurant at 531 N. Wells, has a more theatrical […]
The Columbus mosaics are hardly the only pieces of public art languishing in storage. John Warner Norton’s 1929 mural Printing the News, Distributing the News, Transporting the News, removed from the concourse ceiling of the Riverside Plaza building more than five years ago, is still rolled up in a warehouse on the northwest side. The […]
Friday 7/9 – Thursday 7/15 JULY by Mike Sula 9 FRIDAY Deep down, director Abel Ferrara’s characters really want to be good. In 1990’s King of New York Christopher Walken whacks everyone who looks at him sideways while he’s trying to build a ghetto hospital. In The Funeral, from 1996, Walken and Annabella Sciorra debate […]
The Last Dragon of Camelot, Emerald City Theatre Company, at Victory Gardens Theater. The hero of The Last Dragon of Camelot is not the solitary creature of the title but a young woman determined to gain membership in the boys’ club known as the Round Table. King Arthur’s niece Lady Margaret– “Peg” to her intimates–fights […]
The tale of the half-built condo: winning the battle doesn’t mean winning the war.
FUNKSTORUNG On the new Additional Productions (Studio K7) Funkstorung–the duo of German Michael Fakesch and Italian Chris De Luca–wields its beats like blades, dismembering familiar tunes like Bjork’s “All Is Full of Love” and the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Reunited” and assembling the motific detritus into something else altogether. Vocal snippets become buoys, floating guidelines to keep […]