MUSTARD’S RETREAT Ann Arbor-based folkies Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, better known as Mustard’s Retreat, have a talent for transforming quotidian details–household chores left undone, snow accumulating beneath a darkening […]
PITZ AND JOE, Red Hen Productions, at Angel Island. Anyone thrust into the position of caretaker will identify with Dominique Cieri’s autobiographical play about a brain-damaged man and his sister. […]
Lead Stories Isn’t it “Kill the referee”? In February, after a youth basketball game in Fayetteville, Georgia, that featured much bickering over referee Oliver Lewis Wood’s “bad calls,” Wood pulled […]
RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE Singer and mandolinist Rhonda Vincent, 38, has been playing bluegrass music since she was six, starting in her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show, in […]
STATUETTE (A HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL), WNEP Theater. Hollywood is full of juicy, sleazy stories: sex scandals, mysterious deaths, careers destroyed. But you wouldn’t know it from WNEP’s new show, a dreary […]
The Producers Hip-hop gets a lot of its personality–not to mention some of its endemic problems–from the swaggering confidence best expressed in that time-tested convention the battle rhyme. But though […]
This month the Film Center is presenting a retrospective series on Canadian avant-gardist Joyce Wieland (1931-1998), whose best films are wonderfully loose and gently poetic in examining ordinary things–consistent with […]
“Everybody makes it out to be some kind of superhuman feat, and it’s not,” says Randy Neufeld, who has ridden his bike to work all winter, even on the snowiest […]
A Family Affair, Buffet Style
Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban Ensemble No, it’s not a misprint. The same week that the grand old man of Cuban jazz, pianist Jesus “Chucho” Valdes, performs solo at Orchestra Hall, his […]
Operating on the margins of a marginalized art form, Ralph Kimpniss somehow keeps his puppets swinging and his hopes alive.
Let’s say that someone (for the sake of argument, me) had been engaging in sex with a set of identical male twins. And let’s say I suddenly found myself quite […]
Is there something valuable about the way things sound when they sound like they’re going wrong? …. it’s a whole way of making music, not just challenging but gut-level exciting, and people can actually get good at it.
“God, I can’t get enough of these guys!” Gerry Chodkowski sighs and gazes at a video monitor, where a ghostly trio of Chicago blues legends holds forth: Big Walter Horton, […]
Suzhou River ** Directed and written by Lou Ye With Zhou Xun, Jia Hongsheng, Hua Zhongkai, Yao Anlian, and Nai An. By Jonathan Rosenbaum Suzhou River, a first feature playing […]