The problem with Tom Ridge’s new color-coded terrorist alert system is that when you see orange, you think Halloween–not “high risk of terrorist attack.” But when you see Dr. Smith from Lost in Space, you know it means trouble. Here are some alert systems all Americans can understand. COLORS Risk Level Low: Blue Guarded: Green […]
What do you get when you cross two certified geniuses? Variations on enigma. Mercy is a collaboration between two MacArthur fellows, composer-singer-choreographer Meredith Monk and visual artist Ann Hamilton. Monk, the older of the two by 13 years, was a member of the Judson Church group in the 60s but is better known now as […]
Improvisers are itinerants who usually travel cheap; concert harps are big enough to make any trip an expedition. That’s partly why there aren’t many improvising harpists. Still, there have been some good ones: Caspar Reardon played the instrument with ragtime inflections in the 1930s, Dorothy Ashby transferred bop piano technique to it in the ’50s, […]
The 21st annual Women in the Director’s Chair International Film & Video Festival, featuring narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental works by women, continues Friday through Sunday, March 22 through 24. Screenings are at Preston Bradley Center and WIDC Theater, both at 941 W. Lawrence, and Delilah’s, 2771 N. Lincoln. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $8, […]
Navy Pier’s annual sculpture show is scaling back–and who’s to say that’s bad?
Long local cabaret favorites both together and separately, vocalist Tom Michael and singer-pianist Beckie Menzie made a very strong impression at last week’s Chicago Cabaret Convention. Completely lacking the arch pseudosophistication some people associate with the genre, they touched both casual listeners and aficionados with their directness and intelligence as well as their musical skills. […]
Three Cinderella Stories, Children’s Theatre Fantasy Orchard, at the Mercury Theater. Conceived and directed by Dana Low, Three Cinderella Stories introduces young audiences to folktales from different cultures. The liveliest is the African story: Francis Wilkerson portrays a good, kind girl who suffers from low self-esteem and whose fiercely spoiled stepsisters (Jennifer Liu and Monica […]
“Passing a law commanding Amtrak to stop losing money is like shaking a baby to make it stop wetting its diaper,” writes Chicago attorney and Amtrak Reform Council member James Coston in “Railgram” (January). “The failure of the airline industry to earn a profit over its 75-year lifetime should tell us something about the futility […]
This double-headliner bill is traveling as the “Death and Dismemberment Tour,” but while the name may be clever, it’s also a bit misleading: neither Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie nor D.C.’s the Dismemberment Plan are going to kill you with their songs, softly or any other way; they’re not even going to injure you. Granted, […]
Two French brothers who call themselves Y. and R. started the Ultra Milkmaids with a friend in 1993 as an abrasive, noisy rock trio inspired by Helmet and various acts on the Earache label. But by the mid-90s, enthralled by Coil, they’d morphed into an ambient industrial outfit. Fortunately, although their output in the last […]
On their superb second album, Walking With Thee (Domino), the Liverpool quartet Clinic once again plunder several decades’ worth of rock quirk–but they’re getting better at wiping their fingerprints off the stolen goods. Bypassing most of the blatant 60s garage elements that gave the group’s debut, Internal Wrangler, its dirty sneer, they pare things down: […]
A former FBI agent relives his days as the nemesis of professional art thieves.
Can Kathy Schubert really get the city to get rid of its potentially lethal bike traps?
Picture the guy behind the disembodied voice on the el.
Fishtank Half Cocked Productions at the Space By all standards of good taste and decency, J. Scott’s latest script is not fit for human consumption. Remember the uproar over Natural Born Killers? Child’s play. Todd Solondz’s continued experiments in schadenfreude? Fraudulent by comparison. NEA grant “abuser” Karen Finley? Please. Fishtank makes Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ […]