Age has only improved the national treasure that is Sheila Jordan. The human voice deepens naturally over time, and this has softened the pinched timbre that sometimes characterized her earliest […]
In 1987 the work of a young cartoonist by the name of Chris Ware caught the eye of Art Spiegelman, then editor of the comics magazine Raw, who invited Ware […]
Richard Buckner has spent much of his career chafing at the “alt-country” label, but he doesn’t have anybody to blame but himself: his 1994 debut, Bloomed, was produced by outlaw […]
Ben Ruth’s 40 years too late for the British Invasion, but that’s not stopping him.
Peanuts seethed with alienation and self-doubt–not unlike the man who created it.
More than two million Americans live in prison, but American movies and television usually recoil from the reality of penal institutions. Because it’s a frequent setting in crime dramas, we […]
At first Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, made over a span of 17 years, looks like a departure for him. It consists of 11 entertaining, mainly comic short films in […]
A Serial in 12 Parts
The Unethical Ethicist? “I usually commute by train to my job in the City. Recently, at my boss’s request, I drove to work so as to have my car available […]
Compromise and ass-kissing don’t save buildings. It’s time for the people charged with preserving Chicago’s past to make some demands.
The Cubs have the Cardinals, the Sox have the Twins. And both hometown clubs just gave their rivals a spanking.
MAY 28 FRIDAY In 1987 the work of a young cartoonist by the name of Chris Ware caught the eye of Art Spiegelman, then editor of the comics magazine Raw, […]
Stephen Burns, artistic director of the iconoclastic chamber ensemble Fulcrum Point, has been trying to bring Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor to Chicago since 2001. The nine-part piece, which […]
Guitarist Makoto Kawabata, hirsute helmsman of Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., once titled a reissue series of his own early work “Learning From the Past.” That could […]
With the obvious exception of the Coup, it’s hard to think of a hip-hop act more militant than the New York duo of Stic.man and M-1, otherwise known as Dead […]