The ancient mounds of Cahokia constitute the largest earthworks in the Western hemisphere. You’d think something this hard to miss would be easier to figure out.
I’m ready to come clean.
DWIGHT YOAKAM I understand that Dwight Yoakam is a busy guy. South of Heaven, West of Hell, a western he directs and stars in along with Bridget Fonda, Vince Vaughn, and Billy Bob Thornton, opens later this year, and this fall he’ll also be releasing an all-new album. But that’s really no excuse for his […]
Michigan’s Best Hope for the Busted
How farming changed a city couple’s whole concept of poop, pee, and decay.
GRANT PARK CHORUS Rachmaninoff is probably best known for his extravagant piano concertos, but for my money a few of his atmospheric, achingly spiritual orchestral and choral works rank higher in his oeuvre–namely The Bells, the Symphonic Dances, and All-Night Vigil, the last of which makes up the Grant Park Chorus’s entire program at both […]
In Scales Mound, globe-trotting photographer Archie Lieberman found a new home and a lifelong subject.
They need ’em, he’s got ’em.
By Cara Jepsen JULY For 33 years, Summerfest has provided a pleasant and manageable hot-weather alternative to our own overblown crowd pleaser, Taste of Chicago. Our neighbors to the north also appear to value diverse entertainment over food on a stick; for example, on July 1, while Christina Aguilera plays the main stage, the smaller […]
SUSANA BACA For the last decade Susana Baca has made it her mission to conserve Afro-Peruvian music and culture, founding (with her Bolivian husband, Ricardo Pereira) the Instituto Negrocontinuo and traveling all over rural Peru to collect the pieces of a dying oral tradition from a marginalized population. In this country, Baca is best known […]
It seemed like the perfect small-town retreat. That was before the snowmobiles descended.
SCOTT HAMILTON & HARRY ALLEN When tenor saxist Scott Hamilton emerged in the mid-70s, Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra were still riding the first wave of fusion, the Art Ensemble of Chicago was recording for the mainstream Atlantic label, and bell-bottoms hadn’t yet gone out of fashion. But the twentysomething Hamilton, who worshiped at […]
Zoot Suit Goodman Theatre By Adam Langer In their twilights, institutions have a way of evoking memories of better times while not completely living up to them. My parents assure me that on the final day of operation at Don Roth’s Blackhawk restaurant on Wabash the spinning salad bowl was good but not quite the […]
Q: What do you get when you cross P.T. Barnum with Attila the Hun? A: The bloody, low-budget chaos of Mid American Wrestling.
By Michael Miner Power Failure When times were good for John Hirschfeld, he might have been the most powerful man in Champaign County. In the early 70s he’d been a state legislator, in the 80s chairman of the county Republican Party. He was a founding partner of Meyer Capel, perhaps the county’s most influential law […]