Incident at Vichy, Writers’ Theatre Chicago. Lately the American theater seems so devoid of a conscience that just hearing Arthur Miller’s voice is refreshing–particularly in this top-notch production of his gripping, underappreciated morality play, written when he was still in his prime, about suspects rounded up by Nazi officers in occupied France. In this almost […]
On the Hunt with American Ghost Society Conventioneers
Bottle Rockets’ New Trajectory Local favorites the Bottle Rockets are coming to the Riviera on Thursday with Lucinda Williams, and they share more with the maverick country-rock singer than a marquee. The group, based in Festus, Missouri, hasn’t been through quite what Williams has endured, but it’s sure taken its share of shit from the […]
Hollywood is in for a rude awakening as foreign films become more available to American audiences. The 35th Chicago International Film Festival has a taste of what’s in store.
Captured at www.chicago2001.com/topstories.html Chicago Millennium Magazine Commonwealth Edison’s Chairman Tom Blackmarr explains the nature of the blackouts in the Loop as “an employee error that just could not be avoided.” When asked the nature of the error, Blackmarr responded: “A new team of employees were trying to power up the ‘Zapmar’ [a new Com Ed […]
Dear Reader editors, Last week [September 24] the Reader published a letter from someone hiding behind the initials D.D.B.S. D.D.B.S. claims the mantle of artist injured by the theater reviews of the Reader’s Justin Hayford [September 10]. D.D.B.S. feels that Justin Hayford “should be fired” and “should be beaten.” D.D.B.S. writes: “In general, I have […]
Karen Reimer at Beret International, through October 16 MRI Painting Projects at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through October 9 Virginia Meredith: Born Again at Peter Miller, through October 9 By Fred Camper The problem with much ironic postmodern art is that while it often seems “smart,” that wit can easily slide into an unequivocal air of […]
A heartwarming glimpse of our national pasttime: unbridled capitalism.
Are you ready for some. . . recidivism? Notre Dame is number one in the Tarnished Twenty, a list compiled by FindLaw Sports (www.sports. findlaw.com/tarnished). The football rankings are “based on the number and severity of ongoing or recently concluded criminal, civil, NCAA and other administrative proceedings and investigations involving players, coaches, boosters or other […]
Editor: Mary Jo Clark’s story in the 9/17 issue struck a chord with me. My mother died when I was in eighth grade and the nuns didn’t even know she was sick–because I had not told them. What in the world makes her think the priest reported to them on his sick calls? How many […]
PETER SCHICKELE WITH THE LARK QUARTET Iowa native Peter Schickele claims to have been the only bassoonist in Fargo, North Dakota, in the 50s, but today he’s better known as a composer, a pianist, and the leading (and only) authority on P.D.Q. Bach, a fictitious son of Johann Sebastian. His presentations of P.D.Q.’s “undiscovered” work […]
Dumped “This is no longer a ma-and-pa operation,” says Marjorie Craig Benton, chairman of the board for the Old Town School of Folk Music. The “pa” in this case is executive director Jim Hirsch; the “ma” is his wife, Michelle Hirsch, who in May was asked to step down by the school’s board after 11 […]
Can you explain to me where does it come from that the French are supposed to be Jerry Lewis fans? As soon as somebody recognize my accent I’m asked, “How can you like Jerry Lewis movies?” I lived this last 30 years in France and I never met any Jerry Lewis fan. If you ask […]
Concerning the article “Chi Lives: La Vida Kathie” in the September 17 issue of the Reader: Are we as a society to admire this type of writer? More directly, does the staff of the Reader admire this type of writer (or is there simply someone on the staff who knows her and wanted to give […]
Jacques Rivette’s 20th feature (1997) is perhaps the most classically constructed of all his films, in terms of mise en scene as well as plot. Sandrine Bonnaire stars as a research chemist whose kid brother (Gregoire Colin from The Dream Life of Angels) discovers that their father’s accidental death from falling off a train a […]