I recently went on a business trip cross-country. While there, I spent a good deal of time with a female friend I’ve known for over eight years. In all that time, I’ve loved this woman. I’ve had girlfriends in that time, but no one very serious for very long. She’s always had a long-term boyfriend, […]
Even in its summer-of-love infancy, psychedelia was more an attitude than a style. Musically the Grateful Dead’s Anthem of the Sun, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets were miles apart, but they had one thing in common: they messed with sounds in order to mess with […]
Through a series of mishaps, a beautician headed for Acapulco (Juliette Binoche) and a chef en route to Munich (Jean Reno) find themselves sharing a hotel room near Charles de Gaulle International Airport, and in spite of many temperamental differences they fall in love. Director Daniele Thompson collaborated with her son Christopher on the script […]
Activity and course prices at the Chicago Botanic Garden can be a little stiff, but here’s a bargain: On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays through October 26, round-trip shuttle bus tickets for a ride between the Garfield Park Conservatory and the garden are a mere $6 ($5 for seniors, $4 for kids 3 through 12). The […]
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA 6/27 & 28, SKYLINE STAGE Though there’s an actual version of the Dead on the road again, I doubt that the fan base for Chicago’s Dark Star Orchestra will dwindle–after all, not even the Dead can play in more than one place at a time. Besides, this tribute band performs a historical […]
As usual this year’s Country Music Festival in Grant Park offers the only consistently themed block of music programming during the Taste of Chicago. But within the broader genre the lineup is as big a hodgepodge as any in recent memory. The Petrillo Music Shell (Columbus and Jackson) headliners are pretty much all Nashville assembly-line […]
Born in Glen Ellyn to Korean parents, violinist Jennifer Koh studied early on at the Music Institute of Chicago with Almita and Roland Vamos, the wife-and-husband teaching team that has groomed two generations of string players, including their own sons. She played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 13, began collecting honors shortly after […]
Going with someone who’s more than 16 years older or younger? According to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s “Research Bulletin” (March), the annual rate of homicides in Chicago from 1965 to 1996 among couples of the same age was 5.25 per 100,000 couples. When the woman was 16 or more years older than the […]
On Elephant (V2/Third Man) Detroit’s White Stripes continue to blast out their stripped-down antidote to radio’s pop confection and bombast. But viewed against any more substantial background the current saviors of rock ‘n’ roll might not seem like much more than a good singer-guitarist and an impressively workmanlike drummer riding a clever concept. The new […]
Choice digs at the Three Arts Club are being taken away, but residents don’t plan to go quietly.
When your village needs a well, a northwest-side neighborhood is as good a place as any to look for cash.
JUNE 27 FRIDAY The Uptown-based youth performance ensemble Kuumba Lynx is sending a delegation to Cuba next month as part of a poetry exchange with a similar group in Havana, but only the adult organizers will actually be making the trip–due to travel restrictions, the kids can’t go. So local filmmaker Max Benitez, who’s currently […]
In addition to all that food, the Taste of Chicago offers free musical performances on several stages in Grant Park: the Taste Stage (Columbus and Balbo), the Fun Time Stage (Jackson and Michigan), the Fox Bandstand (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), and the Petrillo Music Shell (Columbus and Jackson). The first weekend’s entertainment also includes […]
Cupid Is as Cupid Does, Cupid Players, at ImprovOlympic. In 2000 a group of Second City students discovered that writing songs for their sketch-comedy revue made for more disciplined results than simple gag ‘n’ giggle grab bagging. With Cupid Misfires His Eros, a concept was born. To an even greater extent, Cupid Is as Cupid […]
Busted for abusing a teenage girl, Larry will be considered a sexual predator for life.