No, you’re not cinder-hearted if you hate children’s theater. You probably just don’t enjoy being condescended to by perky 24-year-olds. But if you’re still open to the remote possibility that children’s theater might speak to you, or if you’d like to expose your children to live performance that doesn’t insult and belittle them, check out […]
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His beer is the tops, but Greg Moehn’s business is down.
SPIN CYCLE…A MUSICAL IN TWO LOADS, Phoenix Ascending Theatre. There’s nothing profound or earth-shattering about Rick Karlin and the late Frank DePaul’s sweet, homegrown musical about four young people looking for love in Chicago. The lyrics are good without being great, the tunes nice but forgettable, and the story–about two boyfriend-hungry Lakeview women who find […]
Lead Stories Eight farmers in the town of Nemaha, Iowa (population 112), have taught themselves to perform various square-dancing routines on their tractors, according to a June San Francisco Chronicle story. However, all of the farmers are male, while square dancing is a couples activity; therefore four of the “dancers” don calico skirts. In June […]
In 1976 J. Deryll Von Gunten and his Mennonite singles group took a bus to the resort town of Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the Fourth of July weekend (“We’re the more liberal type of Mennonites”). Von Gunten, an amateur painter, spent most of his time taking loads of candid shots of frolicking group members. “Sometimes […]
Tapping into the Human Rhythm Project.
Gab columnist Jim Pickett stares straight into the face of AIDS.
Windy City: Time’s Up “This has better than a snowball’s chance in hell of happening, and it’s smaller than a bread box,” said Tracy Baim, an editor and publisher who understands that facts are fine but nothing tops a good quote. Baim was speaking the other day of the likelihood that she would acquire the […]
Several people appear to be playing themselves in this lyrical fusion of drama, improvisation, and what may be reenactment–a movie that keeps open the tantalizing question of whether it’s more like fiction than documentary by seamlessly combining techniques associated with both. Thirteen-year-old Nina (Wilhamenia Dickens, the daughter of Lillian Folley, who plays her mother) retreats […]
Monday, July 24, 11:05 PM Dispatcher: At 11– Monticello, people are smokin’ dope and urinatin’ at that location. If anyone wants to watch that. Tuesday, July 25, 11:10 PM Dispatcher: 1141, take this if you would–runnin’ out of cars here–28– Flournoy on a disturbance, loud music out of a Grand Prix, first of all. And […]
Jin Soo Kim is thinking hard about Evanston. In her storefront studio, amid the junk that is her raw material–old railroad tracks, ten-watt lightbulbs, an abandoned bathroom sink–she’s been trying to distill the essence of her adopted hometown and put it into a form suitable to adorn the facade of a parking garage. Evanston has […]
By George Savino The last time my friend Bianco came to visit from Torino, I took him for a bike ride along the lakefront path. He got mugged at gunpoint at 31st Street, and his bike was stolen. Amazingly, he came back a few weeks ago. This time, opting for caution, we packed a picnic […]
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Stoner rock is quickly getting as predictable as any other kind of “alternative” rock, so it’s inspiring to see that one of the genre’s progenitors, former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme, is still scampering ahead of the curve. After Kyuss broke up, in 1995, Homme briefly played with Screaming Trees, then […]
Chicago Reader editorial staff, I was disappointed in Sergio Barreto’s story about the Old Town School and Lincoln Square [July 28]. Not only did he misname a growing neighborhood organization (the North Center/Lincoln Square Neighborhood Association), but he also misquoted a member and seemed to portray the association as a cynical group of people who […]