The Emily Show, WNEP Theater. Jen Ellison is a rare breed of improviser: she hits her comfort zone remarkably quickly, and she’s so self-assured she can easily set an audience at ease–or provoke them. She also has a talent for shaping raw material and plumbing the depths of a character, reveling in the sort of […]
Tag: Vol. 31 No. 5
Issue of Nov. 1 – 7, 2001
Publishers of “difficult” literature keep their heroes in print.
Playing Dumb with Jill Benjamin
Playing Dumb With Jill Benjamin, at Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio. Love may be the universal language, but every subculture garbles it differently, and translating romantic absurdities requires a writer-performer to be both familiar with and distant from the milieu she describes. A lack of perspective is the problem here: Jill Benjamin is smart, talented, […]
Britain’s Flaming Stars have been pumping out elegant raunch-rock since 1995, when their debut seven-inch, Hospital, Heaven or Hell, landed them a recording session with Radio One’s John Peel; since then they’ve released five albums of surf-lounge-psychobilly with a twist of early Jesus and Mary Chain and made five more appearances on the Peel show […]
A Little Lift
Charles Sotich’s miniature kites are equal parts art and aerodynamics.
Polish Film Festival in America
The 13th annual Polish Film Festival in America, produced by the Society for Arts, runs Saturday, November 3, through Sunday, November 18. Screenings are at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and by video projection at the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $9; passes are also available for $40 (five screenings) and […]