Posted inNews & Politics

TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts JASON ANDERSON, SWIMMER MISSING, HELIGOATS, RABBITS All-ages. Fri 9/10, 8 PM, 2315 Gallery, 2315 W. Huron. www.mpshows.com. ERYKAH BADU, NINA SKY 18+. Fri 9/17, 8 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. 877-259-5299 or 312-559-1212. TONY BENNETT Fri 9/10, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or […]

Posted inArts & Culture

M83

On its second album and U.S. debut, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Mute), the French instrumental duo M83 uses 80s keyboard technology to create electronic effects and melodic bombast that recall the crossover work of early synthesizer pioneers like Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre. (A computer is used only once, to cut up […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Datebook

SEPTEMBER 10 FRIDAY If a slide lecture on Paris seems a poor substitute for the real thing, how about when it’s combined with a dinner of fine French cuisine at Cyrano’s Bistrot and Wine Bar? After a meal of lobster bisque, braised guinea hen, tagliatelle with summer tomato concasse, wine, and dessert, travel consultant Melanie […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Mango Yellow

“The human being is just stomach and sex,” declares an overwhelmed priest in this ribald Brazilian feature (2002, 100 min.), enunciating its equation of the carnal with the carnivorous. Set in a steamy coastal town, it takes place mostly at a popular bodega, whose beautiful spitfire owner is fed up with men, and at a […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Caught in the Net

From www.bordersunion.org The Borders Books Employees Union Web Site Borders Union Forum Index >> Workplace Issues >> Borders Books Unfit for Command takahashi Posted: Aug 23, 2004 – 12:30 PM We’re “finding” that most of the few copies we’re getting are damaged and need to be sent back, so sad. Too bad, Bushies! Regnery needs […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Average Everyday Monsters

Bash Circle Theatre Bash Vamp Theatre at the Conservatory Playwright and filmmaker Neil Labute seems to bring out people’s anxieties. In 1991, during a New York University production of his Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, an audience member stood up midperformance and bellowed, “Kill the playwright!” More recently LaBute, a Mormon convert, was “disfellowshipped,” a […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Adelheid Mers

Adelheid Mers first became known for multicolored light projections, but since 2000 she’s been creating some of the most original art I’ve seen–large digital diagrams that elucidate ideas in books that have engaged her. Three untitled diagrams from her series “Images After George Lakoff: Moral Politics–How Liberals and Conservatives Think” are now on view at […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Carey & Lurrie Bell

Chicago’s Carey Bell learned his craft from postwar harmonica masters Little Walter and Big Walter Horton; he eventually worked with Willie Dixon, among others, and by the late 70s he was fronting groups of his own. One of those aggregations, a Bell family band sometimes billed as the Ding Dongs, featured his son Lurrie, who […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

This smartly programmed concert lines up four fairly brief works by Stravinsky, Ravel, and Szymanowski, beginning with Stravinsky’s Fireworks–a bravura showpiece from 1908 whose innovations foreshadow the shocking leaps in The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, and The Firebird. Those innovations–different instruments playing the melody slightly out of sync, a flurry of gleaming textures–and a theft […]

Posted inNews & Politics

A Composer Whose Time Has Come

In January 1999 author Barry Singer published an appreciative essay about composer Vernon Duke in the New York Times. Duke, a Russian emigre who lived in Paris in the 1920s and New York after that, was a classical composer who also wrote some of America’s most unforgettable popular music–pieces like “April in Paris” and “Autumn […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The Straight Dope

I just read the question in your online archive about whether Coca-Cola once contained cocaine, toward the end of which you mention the substitution years ago (before I was born, in fact) of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for sugar in Coke. These days, HFCS is found in not just Coca-Cola but most sodas, candy, juices, […]