Bent on making King Arthur real, they made it boilerplate Bruckheimer.
DURANG 4PLAY, A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company, at Theatre Building Chicago. This sampler offers an introduction to prolific American playwright Christopher Durang, showcasing his mischievous, dreamy style and two of his favorite subjects: the devouring mother and theater classics. Alternately demonic and saccharine matriarchs whirl through ‘Dentity Crisis and Death Comes to Us All, Mary […]
The National New Play Network, a consortium of theaters devoted to developing and producing new work, presents its second biennial festival. Eighteen plays–some previously seen elsewhere, others slated for future production, yet others just waiting for a chance to reach an audience–are performed in concert readings or staged readings. The fest is a joint effort […]
Friday 7/16 – Thursday 7/22 JULY 16 FRIDAY You can get ice cream cones for a buck today at Atwood Cafe–and that’s a steal, since they’re filled with Ciao Bella gelato and sorbet. Proceeds benefit the Fairygodmother Foundation, a charitable organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults. The cones are for sale at 1 […]
ACID TEST 1966, Wrecking Crew, at the Holiday Club. I know it’s going to ruin my presidential aspirations to say so, but LSD was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Tripping gave me insights into consciousness that I might have attained by other means but not with anywhere near the same, […]
Like Saddle Creek stablemate and fellow Robert Smith emulator Conor Oberst, the Good Life front man Tim Kasher is a literary songwriter. But where Oberst unspools endless tangles of poetic verbiage, Kasher is an economical writer of short fiction, curt and blunt. He’s also just as fatalistic and self-consciously seedy as you’d expect of a […]
This spring officials in the National Organic Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture stirred up a hornet’s nest. As the legal guardians of the word organic, they issued four technical interpretations of federal regulations that make it a little easier for the less-than-pristine to insinuate themselves into the burgeoning organic market–way too easy, according […]
The designers of the new Pritzker Pavilion’s sound system claim that the speakers on Frank Gehry’s spidery trellis will create a “room” above the audience that will approximate the sound of a traditional concert hall. This weekend we’ll find out if they do. To inaugurate its new space, the Grant Park Orchestra has commissioned a […]
ANCESTRAL VOICES: A FAMILY STORY, North Lakeside Players, at North Lakeside Cultural Center. A tale spanning six decades is the stuff of Victorian novels–a point conceded by playwright A.R. Gurney in this chamber-theater work, where the actors are equipped only with chairs, scripts, and their interpretations of the text. Here a quintet of North Lakeside […]
During much of the 90s it was common–and not entirely unfair–to knock John Wesley Harding as a B-grade Elvis Costello. Their voices sounded uncannily alike, they had a similar taste for wordplay-laden folk pop, and, perhaps most damning of all, they shared band members–a pair of Attractions made up the backing band on Harding’s first […]
Nancy Paschke gave up art, married, and had kids in the 60s. By the time she came back to it, she’d been suffering from Parkinson’s for decades.
Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts ALUMINUM GROUP performs on the roof at a grand-opening celebration for Millennium Park. Sat 7/17, 10 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. 312-742-1168. AMERICAN ENGLISH (BEATLES TRIBUTE) Fri 7/16, 6 PM, Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp, Aurora. 630-844-4396. STEVE ANTHONY ORCHESTRA Ballroom dance concert. Sun 7/18, 2 […]
BIG NOTHINGS, Hysteria Productions, at Curious Theatre Branch. Matthew Wilson’s trio of one-acts is so slight it nearly vanishes on the spot. In each script, one person tries to control another, which the victim resists by concealing something. But these common threads aren’t woven into any pattern. What does the overearnest schoolteacher in the first […]
It’s amazing how a healthy dose of irony can alter our perspective. The film that was greeted as a quasi-pornographic turd upon its release is now held up as quintessential gay camp, a worthy successor to the Roger Vadim-Russ Meyer school of cult filmmaking. Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 “expose” of the Las Vegas skin trade, […]
Pelt follows musical mavericks like Harry Partch and Henry Flynt in combining Eastern influences and North American folk sounds to make visceral, challenging art music. They didn’t start out in that direction: the band’s earliest singles were middling indie rock derivative of Sonic Youth. But by the time they recorded their first album, Brown Cyclopaedia […]