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 […]
Joseph Curtis languishes in prison beneath the radar of anti-death-penalty advocates.
As a guy who failed to make it as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles, returned to Chicago with no job, and now lives with his mother, Mike Preston has a lot he could complain about. But he doesn’t. “Nobody owes you anything,” he likes to say. Instead the Crystal Lake native and former social […]
Though H.M.S. Pinafore and Patience have their partisans, most Savoyards (myself included) place The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance above all else in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. Both farces have operatic aspirations that can be realized when cast with the right voices and performed by an orchestra that can convey Arthur Sullivan’s elegant […]