A little known but magnificent collection of American impressionism just lost half its storage and exhibition space. Now its caretakers face difficult decisions about its future.
Though it’s tempting to claim that L’Avventura (Jetset), the first album credited to Luna bassist Britta Phillips and guitarist/front man Dean Wareham, is a Luna album in all but name, there are some differences. The last couple of Luna discs–the full-length Romantica and the EP Close Cover Before Striking, both from 2002–were the band’s leanest […]
Their short annual list of endangered buildings wasn’t enough for all the at-risk landmarks in the city, so the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and president David Bahlman made room for more.
Disorder in the court! “There is no outcome research comparing the consequences of child-custody placement decisions based on expert testimony to those without expert guidance,” write Thomas Gionis and Anthony Zito Jr. of Chicago’s John Marshall Law School, in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal (Fall 2002). “Further, lawyers who regularly work with mental-health professional […]
The Field Chicago again hosts performers from other cities as well as Chicagoans in “Choice Cuts,” an evening of interdisciplinary work. The common thread for these pieces is the act of breaking from stasis into action, from emotional deep freeze to exuberance. In Seattle performer Cody Strauss’s clever Igloo Nine, she’s surrounded by kitchen utensils […]
Big Names on the Street When I moved to Chicago in the mid-80s, neighborhood street fairs mostly featured second-rate acts destined never to expand beyond a local audience–does anyone remember Phil ‘n the Blanks or Heavy Manners? Though music was an integral part of these summertime events, the programming seemed like an afterthought. Today local […]
JUNE 20 FRIDAY Helie Lee’s 1996 debut novel, Still Life With Rice, fictionalized the story of her grandmother’s escape from North Korea to Seoul in 1950. The book was a surprise best-seller in the U.S.; unfortunately, its success unintentionally endangered the son Lee’s grandmother had left behind, because she’d used his real name and included […]
Detours Tellin’ Tales Theatre at Victory Gardens Theater, through June 29 It seems the ancient and honorable art of storytelling has lost ground recently to what’s called “solo performance.” Telling stories is now most closely identified with women in odd headgear who relate fairy tales to schoolchildren, using energetic faces and exaggerated deliveries. Despite hip […]
Tape two paper clips to the tail of an old disposable razor. Straighten two more and hang them perpendicular to the middle of the handle. String a bit of wire between one straightened clip and one of the clips at the end. Rest the razor atop a cup of salt water so that the straightened […]
I engage in some modest activism on behalf of the environment and a few other causes and I am sensitive about having my facts straight. I keep coming across the following provocative statement: “Today we added 265,000 babies, lost 7,500 acres of rain forest, added 46,000 acres of desert, lost 71 million tons of topsoil, […]
The Dorothy Project, Curious Theatre Branch. Last weekend, while Lookingglass Theatre Company celebrated the opening of its new multimillion-dollar facility on the Gold Coast, another local troupe was inaugurating its space in East Rogers Park. Curious Theatre Branch–at 15, precisely the same age as Lookingglass–now occupies a bare-bones storefront at Lunt and Glenwood, east of […]
Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession Lookingglass Theatre Company Most people I know would pay cash money never to have to talk about race again. If they’re white, they’re tired of the compound of guilt and helplessness attached to the subject–and racial privilege, like most privilege, is largely invisible […]
Friday 6/20 – Thursday 6/26 JUNE 20 FRIDAY Helie Lee’s 1996 debut novel, Still Life With Rice, fictionalized the story of her grandmother’s escape from North Korea to Seoul in 1950. The book was a surprise best-seller in the U.S.; unfortunately, its success unintentionally endangered the son Lee’s grandmother had left behind, because she’d used […]
Sponsored by the Chicago Film Office and the Bay Area Video Coalition, the 72 Hour Feature Project is an international competition allowing contestants 72 hours to complete production and postproduction of a feature film or video. Screenings will be held Friday through Thursday, June 20 through 26, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. […]
“It’s hard to be jaded about the trapeze,” says aerialist Raven Hinojosa. “Even if you’ve already decided you’re not going to be all that impressed by anything in life, you’re going to be impressed by the trapeze. You’re so totally engaged when you’re up there that it’s hard for the audience not to be engaged […]