Songwriter Mark Nutter’s hip humor and mastery of musical genres established him as one of off-Loop theater’s top talents, a comic tunesmith in the tradition of Tom Lehrer and Abe Burrows. In the late 80s and early 90s his deft melodies and daffy lyrics distinguished the hit musical Wild Men!, a popular spoof of the […]
Edward Lipski at Alan Koppel, through August 1 Edward Lipski’s eight sculptures at Alan Koppel often look like mutations of pop icons. At once provocative entertainments and meditations on our culture, they use exaggerated forms and intense colors or black to suggest the chaos of the id yet seem restrained by a self-denying withdrawal or […]
The nonprofit glass–half full or half empty? According to a recent Donors Forum of Chicago report, “A Portrait of the Nonprofit Sector in Illinois,” in 1990 in Illinois there were 6,287 nonprofit organizations–hospitals, colleges, universities, service providers. By 2000 there were 9,767, a 55 percent increase. (These figures don’t include small nonprofits, just those that […]
Though it seems like lots of first albums go on record as their creators’ best, I think most bands worth their salt take significantly longer to peak. But if this west-coast group–whose recent A Promise (5 Rue Christine) is only their second full-length–have much higher to climb to reach the top of their game, I’m […]
Scourge or saviors? Dramaturgs from across the country came to town, and DePaul professor Rachel Shteir played host.
“It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.” So proclaimed Charles Baudelaire and so begins Drinking & Writing, an evening of musings, quotes, and trivia built around the drinking habits of […]
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra generally takes it easy over its summers at Ravinia, rehashing familiar classics that don’t require too much rehearsal. But in each of this Saturday and Sunday’s concerts the orchestra will perform a work new to it–though admittedly, neither piece is a heavyweight on the order of those the CSO premiered in […]
The highly gifted Winnipeg independent Guy Maddin takes on his first commissioned feature–an adaptation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of Dracula–and succeeds brilliantly, making it his own while offering what may be the most faithful screen version to date of Bram Stoker’s novel. Shot mainly as a black-and-white silent, with music by Mahler, selected […]
Worms, dirt, and the difference between nowhere to turn and somewhere to go.
JULY 4 FRIDAY “It’s very festive. We always have lots of flags, and it has a totally patriotic theme,” says a spokesperson for today’s fifth annual All-American 8K Run. Registration for the Lincoln Park race, a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association, costs $30 cash and runs from 6:30 to 7:15 AM on Cannon Drive […]
A developer has come up with a novel approach to marketing the Near North Side: sell it on the basis of its collection of religious institutions. If Mayor Daley lets him have his way, more historic buildings in the newly christened “Cathedral District” wi
Pinafore!, Bailiwick Repertory. There’s nothing earthshaking about Mark Savage’s likable, mildly campy parody of/homage to Gilbert and Sullivan’s first hit, H.M.S. Pinafore. His premise is the stuff of SNL: in this modern update, all the sailors are gay and the big issue is whether drag queens will be allowed in the navy. The lyrics are […]
Where did the phrase “built like a brick shithouse” originate? How can it possibly be considered a compliment? –Erik Smith, Hilton Head, South Carolina You wouldn’t ask this question if you’d ever really listened to a man try to compliment a woman. (“Of course I like your outfit, honey. It really de-emphasizes your butt.”) But […]
At a distance John Reth’s intriguingly ambivalent Excerpts From the Land of Plenty: Lunch Turds, part of a group show at Betty Rymer, looks like a pile of shiny black rocks about to tumble off a pedestal. A closer look reveals round forms wrapped in electrical tape, each with a PLU sticker indicating the type […]
We didn’t blame Harry Potter for the chaos that took over our bookstore. On second thought, yes, we did.