Nightingales Pissed & Potless (Cherry Red) On May 9, 1977, at London’s Rainbow Theatre, a band called the Prefects opened for the Clash, kicking off a short set and a long night (the Buzzcocks and the Jam were also on the bill) with a seven-second, two-chord song called “VD.” Singer Robert Lloyd broke it down […]
Miracle on 34th Street, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. There’s a curious, decidedly scary side to many holiday entertainment heavyweights, from A Christmas Carol to It’s a Wonderful Life. This 1947 classic is no exception, subjecting Santa Claus to incarceration, psychiatric evaluation, and courtroom trial. Valentine Davies’s novelization, published the same year the movie […]
Though smorgasbord dance programs can be fun–a smidgen of this and a taste of that–long pieces are often more satisfying. For their joint concert, Margi Cole of the Dance COLEctive and Colleen Halloran each ended up making a longish work in several sections. Halloran’s California is a 40-minute narrative piece about a road trip to […]
Rock, Pop, etc. concerts MEMBERS OF AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY perform in a USO holiday concert. Tue 12/11, 7:30 PM, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. 773-929-1031. ARBOR AVENUE STATION Free in-store performance. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595. BAIMEI performs “From China With Love” (benefits […]
White man, brown woman: William T. Vollman boils American history down to an essential inequality.
Stas Bulanda and Dyno-Chicago has taken the stage at Polonia Banquets on South Archer, a regular venue for the band and one of the only places left to hear live polka music in Chicago. Seated center stage is Bulanda, a barrel of a man with a perfect coif of white hair. He leads the band […]
Lead Stories According to a Reuters story last month, a small but growing number of people in Pakistan blunt their despair by drying the stingers of scorpions, grinding them up, and smoking the powder. “When I smoke scorpion,” said Ghulam Raza, “then the heroin is like nothing to me.” Addicts in the city of Quetta […]