If you’ve heard of Trevor Dunn, odds are it’s because he plays bass behind gonzo front man Mike Patton in Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, but he’s also an accomplished jazz musician. He’s worked with clarinetist Ben Goldberg and guitarist John Schott in the extroverted Junk Genius, and in 1997 collaborated with Goldberg and New York […]
MEANINGLESS, Bailiwick Repertory. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s play, winner of Bailiwick’s young playwrights contest, is entertaining despite its evidence of inexperience. Nachtrieb aims to give a Gen-X perspective to the story of a young gay man who graduates from college in the late 90s and moves with his lesbian best friend to San Francisco. The dot-com […]
AS YOU LIKE IT, Velvet Willies, at the Chopin Theatre. There’s no getting around it: Shakespeare’s comedies are too long for contemporary audiences. And traditional palliatives–updates, revisionist readings–often do more harm than good. So it’s heartening to see the Velvet Willies straightforwardly attack the gayest play since gay came to Stratford-on-Gayvon, focusing on the play’s […]
If you like weirdos as a general rule, you know that the occasional appalling tangent comes with the territory. Chicago house producer Felix Stallings Jr., aka Felix da Housecat–definitely one of the dance scene’s biggest weirdos–hasn’t done anything that extreme on his new record, Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever (Emperor Norton), but it’s still […]
The Logan Square Auditorium goes full-time next month, and the Empty Bottle ain’t booking it.
Session Start (AIM – wluwdj:wnurdj): wluwdj: hey, play some simple plan! wnurdj: whassup to WLUW! wnurdj: what are you guys playin tonite wluwdj: simple plan! wnurdj: who the fuck is simple plan! wluwdj: only the best punk rawk band EVER! wnurdj: holy christ wnurdj: you guys have your punk show tonight, that’s right wnurdj: i […]
Cheri and Don Hood got their first look at Grannia, a musical-theater version of the life of 16th-century pirate queen Grace O’Malley, when their daughter played the lead in a college production in the mid-1990s. They loved the story of the fierce Irishwoman who raided Queen Elizabeth’s ships and regularly beat the English in battle, […]
The venerable Chicago movie palace will commemorate its 75th year with three special programs. On Tuesday the theater will screen three features selected in a recent patrons’ poll; a single ticket admits you to all three. The screenings of Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz on Wednesday will be accompanied by costume contests. On Thursday the admission […]
In a sentence. Alice Camille, writing in U.S. Catholic (August): “The deadliest sin in America is probably avarice, but it’s also the least confessed according to every priest I’ve ever talked to.” “My wealth is not only a product of my own hard work,” successful software entrepreneur Martin Rothenberg (Syracuse Language Systems) is quoted as […]
Half Life Half Life Productions and Awaken! Performances Theatre Company at American Theater Company Cave With Man: A Play on Words House Theatre of Chicago at the Viaduct Theater Summer can be a time for risk taking in the theater: itinerant companies snap up spaces at off-peak prices and stick their necks out a bit, […]
The neighborhood parks have never looked better, but we’re paying for it in staff and program cuts.
SEPTEMBER 3 FRIDAY When the Illinois Storytelling Festival pulled the plug on its fall event this year for lack of funds, Palatine’s plucky Wood Street Theater Company jumped in to fill the void. They’ve set up an ambitious nine-performance schedule for Palatine’s first Storytelling Festival, including workshops, sing-alongs, improv sessions, and open mikes together with […]
To the editors: More than punk is dead [“Punk Is Dead! Long Live Punk!” August 20]. Starting with the first paragraph (arguably the piece’s best moment), Jessica Hopper renders in flawless fashion the peculiarly postprandial esprit de corps of a youth culture which has itself been consumed by its own appetites for consumption. Two moments […]
He had a cool plan for nabbing the guy who stole his car. But it required the cops to show a little interest.
An exhibit of revolting smells–the brainchild of local artist Paul Nudd–didn’t come out of high-minded discussions about the corruptions of the flesh or fear of death. “We were talking about heavy metal music, how extreme it is and kind of offensive,” says Nudd. “We thought it’d be funny to do its equivalent with smells–make something […]