MC Paul Barman’s giddy 2000 EP, It’s Very Stimulating (Wordsound), wasn’t exactly a hit with underground MCs–exuberance is about as credible in hip-hop these days as courtesy toward the police. Over jolly beats and cartoonish samples (provided by producer Prince Paul) Barman goofed on his geeky Jewish-intellectual persona, as he spouted “My sex life is […]
Twelve years ago Teresa Mucha was making ends meet slinging coffee at Gourmand cafe in Printers Row when she struck up an acquaintance with one of her regulars, artist Tony Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had just bought an etching press and had plans to start up a fine-art print studio in the South Loop building that housed […]
FEBRUARY 21 FRIDAY Last year writer and Newcity.com editor Frank Sennett wrote an article for Booklist about nearly forgotten spy novelist Donald Hamilton, whose Matt Helm series was once so popular eight million books were in print. On behalf of Hamilton, Sennett was fielding queries from publishers interested in releasing the final book in the […]
Dirty Bible Stories, WNEP Theater. The “dirty” part misleads a bit: this often delightful improv-originated retelling of supposedly shocking tales from the good book includes such unblue material as the raising of Lazarus–the first zombie–and omits the salacious Susanna and the elders, David and Jonathan, the woman taken in adultery, and Jezebel, Delilah, and Salome. […]
Pundits and politicos look at the upcoming election and tell it like they see it.
I’ve noticed that networks are always proud of how many people were watching their shows, as shown by the Nielsen ratings. Who is Nielsen, and how is he counting the 7.8 million people who were watching the latest reality show? How do they figure out what I’m watching? I have a feeling they ask a […]
The Master Builder, Keyhole Players, at Josephinum. Adapter-director Frank Merle sets this production of Henrik Ibsen’s 1892 play in 1920s Chicago, Americanizing characters’ names and otherwise nipping at the original. Though the abridgment seems unnecessary and some illuminating passages are missing, this is nevertheless a fine staging. Harold Solness (Ed Keller), the ruthless title character, […]
Friday 2/21 – Thursday 2/27 FEBRUARY 21 FRIDAY Last year writer and Newcity.com editor Frank Sennett wrote an article for Booklist about nearly forgotten spy novelist Donald Hamilton, whose Matt Helm series was once so popular eight million books were in print. On behalf of Hamilton, Sennett was fielding queries from publishers interested in releasing […]
In 1999 C.C. Carter took top honors at the Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Awards with a performance of her signature poem “The Herstory of My Hips,” a loud ‘n’ proud celebration of her full figure and multicultural background. “These hips are for you to snuggle / for you to cuddle,” it runs. […]
I used to have hard-boiled fantasies about tracking down criminals. But here my mission was to nab the truth.
Made at Fox on the heels of The Girl Can’t Help It, this inventive 1957 comedy by Frank Tashlin is his most avant-garde (surpassing even Son of Paleface) and probably his most political–and therefore one of his most misunderstood. Tashlin adapted a Broadway play by George Axelrod but reportedly discarded almost everything except the title, […]
Run for Your Wife Attic Playhouse Caught in the Net Drury Lane Theatre Evergreen Park In farce as in life, we find comfort in the familiar. Of course writers of farce inflate everyday human interactions to impossible levels: doors slam and telephones ring more frequently than in any sane household. But actions and motives pushed […]
Just when I think painters have done it all, someone comes up with images unlike any I’ve seen before. Doug Smithenry’s 34 paintings at Aron Packer are based on figures and backgrounds he finds on the Internet–but after he prints them, he crumples up the paper and flattens it with a rolling pin. This makes […]
Anne Melinda Palmore and Darryl Geoffrey Crosby are the principals of 3D Design Studio, the two-person design firm that won the Universal and Affordable House Competition. As we are the only employees of the firm I know that we were never contacted in any form by Ms. Becker before she wrote her article [“Stop the […]