Can anyone save the old Mercantile Exchange Building from the endless tide of development?
The German post-techno duo of Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner, better known as Mouse on Mars, have been on a roll for a couple years now. Though the woozy, slo-mo dub-plasma soundscapes of their 1994 debut, Vulvaland, and its 1995 follow-up, Iaora Tahiti, were undeniably enticing, both albums were a bit too diffuse and […]
After-hours jam sessions, pre-fest brunches, and even a moonlit cruise
Every year around Jazz Fest we (and no doubt the festival programming committee) lament the shrinking pool of jazz giants: the kind of players who attract broad audiences due to their historical importance, experience, and technical mastery. This year alone the world has lost Shirley Scott, Big John Patton, Ray Brown, Wilber Morris, Russ Freeman, […]
Return of a Continental Drifter Even within the Chicago music scene, where a healthy work ethic is expected, reedist and composer Scott Rosenberg had a reputation as a busy, busy guy. He moved to Chicago in August 1999, and by early 2001 he was improvising with local and visiting artists, putting on concerts in a […]
Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AEROSMITH, KID ROCK, RUN-D.M.C. Sun 9/1, 6 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. AEROSOL GREY MACHINE Sun 9/8, 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. 312-409-6435. AMERICAN MUSIC DRIVEWAY TOUR Jay Mathes and other artists perform in local driveways and parking lots through mid-October. Fri 8/30, 7 […]
Aida, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Elton John and Tim Rice’s rock musical turns out to be more melodramatic than Verdi’s 1871 opera. (We won’t begin to compare the music.) Since these easy-listening pop ballads seldom relate to the story, it’s bewildering how automatically Nubian slave princess Aida falls for slumming […]
In 1673, the governor of New France (now known as Canada) sent the explorer Louis Jolliet to find out whether the Mississippi River offered a shortcut to the Pacific Ocean. Jolliet went to Mackinac Island, picked up a traveling companion–a priest named Jacques Marquette–and set off, via canoe, on the only route they knew: down […]
Poetry guerrillas hit the pavement.
We are at Smart Bar.
The Awesome Show, Improv-Olympic. Presumably this snappy hour-long piece, starring Peter Gwinn and Meagan O’Brien and directed by Jim Carlson, was developed through improvisation–but apparently according to a paradigm of “No” rather than “Yes, and…” From opening moment to charmingly daft finish, this show is built on antagonism. Propelled by Gwinn’s precisely overplayed inferiority complex, […]
Standing on My Knees, Janus Theatre, at Stage Left Theatre. The years have not been kind to John Olive’s play about a poet with schizophrenia, but flashy monologues and continued prurient interest in mental illness combine to keep it in circulation. Irresistible to overearnest young companies, it’s just the kind of work they should avoid. […]
Poster making in Poland has long been connected more to the fine arts than to commercial advertising, as this exhibit of 20 Polish jazz posters at the DePaul University Art Gallery demonstrates. Some combine the weightiness and precise line often found in Polish painting, but the most intriguing add chaos to express the open-ended unpredictability […]
Lead Stories Earlier this month the Wall Street Journal reported that plastic surgeons are fielding more requests from women for firm, prominent nipples and slim, horizontal navels. Almost all such surgery in the U.S. takes place in conjunction with tummy tucks or breast enhancement, but navel sculpting as stand-alone surgery has been popular for several […]
Secret Ballot *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Babak Payami With Nassim Abdi, Cyrus Ab, Youssef Habashi, Farrokh Shojaii, and Gholbahar Janghali. Secret Ballot is…a demonstration of the fact that society at large has much more integrity than the forces that govern it. This is as true in Iran as it is in the […]