Posted inNews & Politics

Datebook

NOVEMBER 14 FRIDAY The legacy of the covert U.S.-backed removals of Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 and Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 is the focus of this weekend’s conference Thwarting Democracy in Iran and Guatemala: What Lessons Have We Learned Fifty Years After the U.S. Sponsored Coups?, which started November 13 and […]

Posted inMusic

Spot Check

HIDEOUT WORKERS’ COMP RELEASE SHOWS 11/14 & 15, HIDEOUT The new Hideout Workers’ Comp, a collection of 24 tracks by some of the many musicians employed by the club, is as good an overview of the Chicago scene as anyone could want: there’s dreamy, lovely alt-country and delirious alt-cabaret, aggressive garage and graceful art pop, […]

Posted inArts & Culture

The Beatbox

By all rights this scrappy late-night fusion of hip-hop music and short-form improv should have completed its life cycle a dozen performances ago. But six months into an on-again, off-again run at WNEP, The Beatbox shows no signs of stagnation. As eager to please as ever, DJ Rene Duquesnoy looks expectantly at the audience every […]

Posted inNews & Politics

They’ve Got Rhythm

I saw the dance troupe Jump Rhythm Jazz Project perform for the first time last spring and was so taken I went back a few nights later to see it again. The program opened with artistic director and principal choreographer Billy Siegenfeld and his longtime partner, Jeannie Hill, in a romantic and humorously barbed song-and-dance […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The Straight Dope

Did Grigory Potemkin, one of Russian empress Catherine the Great’s ministers, actually have elaborate fake villages constructed for Catherine’s tours of the Ukraine and the Crimea? He allegedly had these “Potemkin villages” done in order to give Catherine a false impression of peace and prosperity in regions that in actuality were in turmoil and great […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Making Enemies

Last week’s Hot Type column, especially as regards its metajournalistic role, went at best halfway [October 10]. You pointed out the hypocrisy of right-wing shill R. Novak (aka “the prince of darkness,” if memory serves me) and hinted at the despicable natures of much of the Bush administration. But you neglected to point out that […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Calendar

Friday 11/14 – Thursday 11/20 NOVEMBER 14 FRIDAY The legacy of the covert U.S.-backed removals of Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 and Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 is the focus of this weekend’s conference Thwarting Democracy in Iran and Guatemala: What Lessons Have We Learned Fifty Years After the U.S. Sponsored Coups?, […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Vertonen

Noise musicians can generally be divided into two camps: storytellers and punishers. But local introvert Blake Edwards is really neither. He’s interested mostly in destabilization; any narrative-seeming structure he creates is just raw material to be broken down. On such releases as the split seven-inch with Coeurl he released in 2001 on his own Crippled […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Boston Marriage

Boston Marriage, Roadworks Productions, at the Chopin Theatre. David Mamet’s foray into the world of drawing-room comedy with a lesbian twist yields some knowing laughs but few revelations. Under the adept direction of Kirsten Kelly, Roadworks’ midwest premiere of Boston Marriage–a euphemism for an intimate domestic arrangement between unmarried women–mostly hits the high points in […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Cure for High Drug Prices

To the editors: Re “The Quick Fix” by Harold Henderson [November 7] regarding the issue of importing cheaper Canadian drugs: All of the people quoted in Henderson’s article come to the issue of pharmaceutical pricing from the standpoint of classical free-market economics, but it deserves to be noted that the pharmaceutical industry is oligopolistic: the […]