The June 6 premiere of Blind Spot, a radio show on WLUW, was a live, abstract “restaging” of the Allied landing at Omaha Beach on D-day, exactly 60 years earlier. Rather, it was mostly live. “We preferred to do it all live,” says John Wanzel, the show’s cocreator. “Since it was being broadcast on the […]
No matter how good a playwright Tony Kushner may be [Hot Type, June 4], Hedy Weiss deserves every right under the sun to write what she feels about his play, whether as a journalist or theater critic. In the classic style of a self-righteous, out, gay artist (perhaps taking an unfortunate cue from the Gay […]
Crammed with the cheapest of cheap thrills, UK garage is the genre for the ADD generation–flavorless faux dub, meathead drum ‘n’ bass, nattering techno, and thuggish rap, all in one glossy, trashy package. But London garage MC Mike Skinner, aka the Streets, has smoothed over the drum ‘n’ bass, ditched the techno, and just generally […]
Last week in the Meter, Bob Mehr mistakenly reported that SummerDance programs in Grant Park bring out three to five thousand people per night; that figure is in fact a weekly total.
Londoner Alain de Botton kicked off his writing career with three well-received novels, but he’s probably better known for his subsequent nonfiction–self-help for the intellectual crowd like How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, and The Art of Travel. The concept of his latest, Status Anxiety (Pantheon), isn’t foreign to modern American […]
To the editors: Andersonville is a lovely neighborhood, boasting quaint, well-preserved architecture and a diverse assortment of shops, restaurants, and cafes. I love living here. But one thing is sorely lacking: a good, general-interest bookstore. The one bookstore we do have, Women & Children First [“Breaking the Chains,” June 4], is a decent place to […]
ONE PERSON’S TRASH and SHARED PROPERTY, at the Playground Theater. Improvisers and postal carriers alike should be prepared for any eventuality–but inclement weather might’ve gotten the better of Noah Gregoropoulos and Linda Orr in One Person’s Trash, the opening set of this double bill. Their insistence on clinging to low-energy characters didn’t help on a […]
Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts B-52’S, TRS-80 All-ages. Fri 6/18, 7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212. BARR, BAD WASTE perform at an opening reception for the exhibit “Solo Show Solo Soul.” Fri 6/18, 6 PM, Vedanta Gallery, 835 W. Washington. 312-432-0708. FRANZ BENTELER’S ROYAL STRINGS ORCHESTRA performs at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by […]
THE MAGICAL EXPLODING BOY, at Prop Thtr. Mime artist Dean Evans has a curious and riveting fragility: he’s both doll-like and dangerously expressive in this one-man show. Dropping all the defenses and boundaries normally erected in public, he creates a kind of physical comedy–and physical tragedy–that’s more than physical. Everything he feels is writ large […]
To the editor: Ben Joravsky’s May 28 “Hey Preservationists: Quit Puckering and Get Pissed!” poses the ancient question confronting all activists: when do you fight and when do you deal? Among other things, Ben thinks Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois fights with Mayor Daley and his administra-tion too little and deals too much. Fair enough, […]
Thirty years ago Yale graduate Lloyd Kaufman teamed up with a classmate, Michael Herz, to produce a sex comedy called Squeeze Play under the banner of Troma Films. Since then the New York-based exploitation outfit has plied its own tried-and-true formula of gore, bare breasts, and scattershot satire, most famously with the 1985 ecological horror […]
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BRUSCHETTA: AN EVENING OF NEW SHORT PLAYS, Appetite Theatre Company, at Act One Studios. This new company might have named its production after an unwieldy hors d’oeuvre. But as often happens with anthologies–in this case six short plays, one segmented into four episodes–the menu emerges as something of a mixed grill. The insecure girl and […]
LOWBROW: THE SKETCH SHOW, Freshwater Theatre, at the Viaduct Theater. Don’t be fooled by the title. The Freshwater ensemble may be aiming for dumb humor in this sketch-comedy revue, but the originality they bring to generic topics–blind dates, office parties, Broadway extravaganzas–is apparent from the get-go. Take the scenario featuring a mother and daughter hoping […]
A quartet led by two of the more distinctive instrumentalists in modern music comes to town–and the big news is that they’re bringing drummer Barry Altschul with them. Altschul, who has described his own stylistic range as “from ragtime to no time,” is one of the pioneering percussionists of the free-jazz revolution; with his spare, […]