New York, Chicago–David Leonardis toys with his affection for two cities.
Finnish producer Vladislav Delay has emerged as one of the more interesting figures in electronic dance music. Early on the former jazz percussionist put hard but minimal beats through subtle workouts, transforming them by introducing digital errors and gentle dubby effects; on recordings from a couple years ago, like Sistol (Phthalo) and Entain (Mille Plateaux), […]
Cartoonist Stuart Helm, aka King VelVeeda, squares off against corporate behemoth Kraft Foods over the use of the name.
Dear editor: The failure of the Chicago Tribune to take any action against Judy Peres for publicly endorsing Not in My Name (Hot Type, May 3) leaves one question in my mind: if she endorsed an organization less agreeable to her colleagues, would they have reacted in a stronger manner? To use an extreme example […]
Architect Dan Wheeler thinks bad buildings are worth a closer look. For example, “There’s a building at the corner of Congress and Dearborn that’s just a pure exhibition of commercial gluttony. There’s no ground-floor level. It does nothing to engage with the street; it sprays granite about to make up for its lack of design.” […]
Broadway singers generally aren’t very credible jazz-pop vocalists; Jack Donahue is an exception. This handsome University of Virginia alumnus and teacher, whose extensive theatrical credits include the Goodman’s brilliant Floyd Collins and The Ballad of Little Jo at Steppenwolf, has a light, airy, plaintive tenor a la Gino Vannelli or Stevie Wonder. It’s an expressive […]
Dear Mike: What I like about your column is that it touches on matters others abjure. It causes us to think things we hadn’t thought of before. The case of Judy Peres, the Trib’s medical writer, comes to mind [Hot Type, May 3]. When she signed that petition of the Not in My Name group, […]
Thank Heaven It Wasn’t 7/11, Second City. A CTA anthrax scare, a security crackdown aboard an airplane, a firefighter trying to live up to his heroic post-9/11 image, a sheepish Arthur Andersen accountant trying to explain away his actions–these are some of the subjects Second City targets in its fast-paced, frequently hilarious new main-stage revue. […]
Unlike familiar mainstream documentaries in which titles and an omniscient narrator tell us what to think about the images, Jesse Lerner’s films create disparities between image and spoken text that encourage the viewer’s active participation. While he focuses on the history of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula–which attempted to secede in the 19th century, had a socialist […]
Paul Fejos’s exquisite, poetic 1928 masterpiece about love and estrangement in the big city deserves to be ranked with F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise and King Vidor’s The Crowd from the same period, though it’s not nearly as well-known. Equally neglected is Fejos himself, a peripatetic Hungarian who made striking films in Hungary, Hollywood, Austria, and France […]
More than any American composer since Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano has an uncanny feel for the popular pulse. Proficient in a wide range of idioms, he responds to the nation’s shifts in mood rather than adhere to an orthodoxy. As if answering the prayers of concertgoers frustrated with atonal music, he’s written sonatas, quartets, and […]