Toronto-based DJ and producer John Acquaviva cofounded Plus 8 Records in 1990 with minimal-techno god Richie Hawtin, but though Acquaviva’s been just as prolific as his partner, he’s nowhere near as famous. That’s partly because he’s produced fewer tracks of his own–most of the releases bearing his name have been mix CDs, including 1996’s Transmissions […]
Nana Trap Door Theatre When Emile Zola’s blockbuster Nana began serial publication in the Paris newspaper Voltaire in October 1879, excerpts from his treatise The Experimental Novel ran alongside. It’s a wonder the juxtaposition didn’t get the writer laughed off the continent. The Experimental Novel was Zola’s manifesto for naturalism: the novelist should be objective […]
Friday 12/20 – Thursday 12/26 DECEMBER 20 FRIDAY Psychotronic Film Society head Mike Flores has been collecting burlesque shorts from the 1940s and ’50s since his teens. Screen tests, of a sort, for strippers, the films “were either used to help get her booked at strip clubs or were shown at [parties],” he explains. “In […]
Anyone who’s been to a high school football game will recognize Blast! immediately. The brass-and-percussion band, the routines with flags and batons, the rendition of “Malaguena”–this is is a halftime show. An evening-length halftime show, without a game to justify it. The concept seems perverse. The halftime show rates right up there with ice ballet […]
2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Northlight Theatre. In Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt’s 1996 play, two gifted young pianists develop a friendship/rivalry fraught with compulsion and peevish, wry humor–it’s like an Odd Couple with two Felix Ungers. Scenes alternate between one boy and the other, depicting spats with parents who force them to practice and lessons […]
When Mike Jones was still a kid, he had a chance to ask the peerless Oscar Peterson how he too might become a great jazz pianist; Peterson told him to go to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Jones did, and one night classmate Diana Krall dragged him to a local hotel to hear […]
After architect David Adler graduated from Princeton in 1904 he went to Germany and then to France to study firsthand the historical styles he would later adapt in designing his elegant American country homes. While overseas he began to collect picture postcards–not the usual naughty Parisian lady stuff, but photographs and drawings of the great […]
Torey Malatia/Station to Station
Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ANITA BAKER Fri 12/27 and Sat 12/28, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212. CREED Sun 12/29, 7:15 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA 18 & over. Sun 12/29, 8:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or […]
There’s an added spark this year to the core material in the Noble Fools’ holiday revue spoofing star-driven specials. At the show’s center is Patricia Musker as smarmy big shot Gina Oswald: whenever the indefatigable Gina sings, Musker’s mugging and tics milk every note for hilarity. The chorus–the eight Zeitgeist Family Singers–now have well-developed individual […]
With conservatives setting the terms of debate on everything from war to health care, liberals need to relearn how to be right.
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HOW THE COOKIES CRUMBLED Velveeta Laid it on Thick When we talked with underground cartoonist Stuart Helm last May, he was getting ready to fight a temporary injunction that would force him to wipe his professional name, King VelVeeda, from his Web site (cheesygraphics.com) and stop signing it on his art. The injunction was sought […]
Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical, Hell in a Handbag Productions, at the Theatre Building Chicago. The ultimate disaster movie, The Poseidon Adventure is a dizzying mix of good and bad. Example: Shelley Winters transcends her role as a walking fat joke in a death scene that would make Nurse Ratched weep. Then Ernest Borgnine delivers […]
Lead Stories A number of news outlets in South Africa reported in November that a 20-foot African rock python had suffocated and swallowed a ten-year-old boy who was gathering fallen fruit in a mango plantation near Durban. Several children witnessed the attack, and hid up in the trees until the snake moved on; according to […]