Posted inArts & Culture

Garnet Rogers, Connie Kaldor

GARNET ROGERS, CONNIE KALDOR Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers’s stentorian baritone is a double-edged sword: it sometimes overwhelms the fragile melancholy of his lyrics, but it’s also an ideal instrument to express the determination that drives many of his characters. On his current CD, Sparrow’s Wing (Snow Goose Songs), Rogers does some of his best work […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Egyptian Rat Screw

Egyptian Rat Screw, Uffish Theater Company, at the Chopin Theatre. Carl Jung, Karl Marx, and an iron maiden walk into a bar–that’s the rumpled punch line of Chicago playwright Jason M. Lindner’s overwritten, underdeveloped dark comedy. Elton (Brendan Farley) is a young interrogator ordered to torture information out of revolutionary musician Vic Bloom (Michael T. […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The Straight Dope

Women are excluded from the inner sanctums of many religions–the all-male priesthood of the Catholic Church comes to mind. But I’ve heard there’s a monastery in Greece so misogynistic it excludes female animals. Can this be true? What’s the deal? Do they really think femaleness in any form will defile the joint, or are they […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Irvin Mayfield

IRVIN MAYFIELD Just from the opening notes of New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield’s new disc, How Passion Falls (Basin Street Records), you can tell that one of the Marsalises had a hand in it: unison horns scurry through a busy, flawlessly precise introductory phrase; a shift in tempo leads to the main theme; then another […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Hay Fever

HAY FEVER, Court Theatre. Noel Coward’s 1925 play is a hybrid–part comedy, part serious drama. Based loosely on the goings-on in real-life actress Laurette Taylor’s eccentric family, the work has a first act that seems a run-of-the-mill setup for farce. You have your situation (a weekend in the country), your handful of oddball characters (a […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Calendar

9 FRIDAY Tonight’s “Experimental Encore” program, the second in this year’s Chicago Ear and Eye Control series, combines experimental film and video shorts with improvised musical accompaniment. Wen Hwa Tsao, Anna Cimini, Paula Froehle, Bruce McClure, Keith Sanborn, Phil Solomon, Zack Stiglicz, Jim Trainor, Todd Wieneke, and Fred Worden are among the artists who’ve contributed […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Keep Your Right Up

Basically an episodic comedy, Jean-Luc Godard’s Soigne ta droite (1986, 82 min.), a French-Swiss coproduction, features Godard himself as the comic lead, rehearsals of the rock group Rita Mitsouko, a good many gags (some involving golf and travel), and a lot of cameos from well-known French actors, including Jane Birkin, Bernadette Lafont, and Jacques Villeret. […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Hen Lake

Hen Lake, LifeLine Theatre. Dancing chickens–that’s what this new children’s production is really all about. Oh, it has a positive message about believing in yourself because you’re unique and reaching for your dreams, but what you’re going to remember is the hilarious sight of three chickens performing a barnyard ballet reminiscent of Swan Lake. Cindy […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Found

02/06/2001 01:29AM KINKO’S PAGE 1 OF 1 Dudes: We are in receipt of your letter requesting a refund of the $760 you recently provided to sponsor our co-ed floor-hockey team (formerly known as Beer Goggles) as well as the additional $95 you gave us for “quality cotton printed T-shirts.” The Chicago Sports and Social Club […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Okros Ensemble

OKROS ENSEMBLE The Okros Ensemble isn’t as well-known as Muzsikas, but it does straight-up traditional Hungarian folk music better and more faithfully than any other group of the sort. The string quintet–two violas, two violins, and an upright bass–is essentially a preservationist organization, learning its deep repertoire from old recordings and studying with master musicians […]

Posted inArts & Culture

House and Garden

HOUSE and GARDEN, Goodman Theatre. Alan Ayckbourn’s latest work is one first-rate dramatic comedy divided between two entertaining but uneven plays, performed simultaneously in adjacent theaters. Ayckbourn portrays a day in the life of a quaint, insular English village. The action is set on the sprawling estate of Teddy and Trish Platt: House (performed on […]

Posted inArts & Culture

European Union Film Festival

The fourth annual European Union Film Festival runs Friday through Thursday, February 9 through 15, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $7, $3 for Film Center members. For further information call 312-443-3737. Films marked with a 4 are highly recommended. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Light Keeps Me Company […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Territory Band 2

TERRITORY BAND 2 One of the first projects Ken Vandermark funded with his generous MacArthur grant was his first bona fide large group, the Territory Band. The core of the outfit, assembled last winter, was a cluster of some of his most frequent local collaborators–pianist Jim Baker, drummer Tim Mulvenna, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Kent […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Influenza and the Misapplication of Cold Cream and Two Doors Down From Tip Top

Influenza and the Misapplication of Cold Cream and Two Doors Down From Tip Top, Curious Theatre Branch, at the Lunar Cabaret. Like the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, what’s best about the Scaffold Project–the Curious Theatre Branch’s new initiative in developing the work of emerging artists–is that it encourages fresh approaches, bends boundaries, and upends expectations. And […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Cinderella

CINDERELLA, Emerald City Theatre Company, at the Apollo Theater. It’s only briefly incongruous to see this fairy tale performed on the same stage as The Vagina Monologues. Emerald City boils down the beautiful Rodgers and Hammerstein adaptation (recently revived at the Oriental Theatre) to an essential hour that retains but reduces most of the captivating […]