Cut Flowers Chicago Theatre Company What playwright August Wilson does for over-the-hill black male characters, too old and too beaten down to pick themselves up, Minneapolis-based playwright-actor-composer Gavin Lawrence does […]
Japan’s musical underground has long been a hotbed of extremism; whether performing pure noise, black magic rituals, or convoluted prog, artists like Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and the Ruins practice sensory […]
Power Struggles in the Land of Helvetica
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, New Leaf Theatre, at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center. The space looks more like a Jacobean antechamber than a fin de siecle cabaret, but Brandon […]
Mad Forest, Piven Theatre. Who really cares anymore whether the Romanian revolution of 1989 was hijacked by reactionary forces? At a time when all eyes are on the Middle East […]
In the past most jazz flute players were a snooze because they weren’t really flute players–just saxophonists who could summon a weak rustle from the instrument but never mastered the […]
Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara began his musical education at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, but on a recommendation from that school’s namesake, he went on to study at Juilliard and with Aaron […]
Many electronic musicians decorate their compositions with digital splutters or create tension between glitches and fixed rhythmic elements. But Radian finds music within the harsh clicks and stutters that Stefan […]
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Lifeline Theatre. Prolific children’s-book author Virginia Lee Burton grappled with her own fear of technology by personifying machines. In her stories, full of rich, […]
Ocean Sea, at National Pastime Theater. This adaptation of Alessandro Barrico’s symbol-laden novel takes off only in the second act, after more than an hour of unbearable faux naivete. The […]
Think you might be haunted? Local psychic Ruth Berger knows the warning signs: an inexplicably cold area in your house, mysterious sounds like knocking or banging or someone calling your […]
A look at our impact on nature in Illinois–both good and bad–chronicles the unavoidable clash between those who seek to save the wilderness and those who seek to subdue it.
With no deaths or arrests, a nighttime bicycle race around the Loop was declared a success.
Jacky Comforty’s 2000 documentary, The Optimists, tells the story of how 50,000 Bulgarian Jews–including Comforty’s parents and grandparents–were saved from the Nazi death camps by a coalition of protesters that […]
Junoon “No More” Bruce Springsteen “The Rising” At the time of the first gulf war under the first Bush, I was a student at a tiny midwestern college where lefty […]