A middle child of four, photographer Ben Gest says, “We used to joke about how I kind of fell through the cracks. I think I always felt conscious of how people dealt with each other.” Growing up with three siblings and an attentive mother–“She was happiest when we were all together in the house, and […]
Lugging around that mass of cold, shiny metal helps Doug Jennings bear his more existential burdens.
Listings of holiday craft fairs, trunk shows, open studios, and special gallery events will run through December. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check each week for schedule updates or call for more information. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. All That Glitters: A Holiday Bazaar Crafts, CDs, clothing, jewelry, and other items from local artisans and […]
Maybe I read too many of John Powers’s Catholic-school memoirs in junior high, but Courtney Shaughnessy’s look at a parochial middle school circa 1987 feels mighty derivative. The play draws on a hoary device: New York writer Mikey Owens returns to his midwestern hometown after his mother’s death and explores the experiences that marked him, […]
Apart from the groundbreaking Sherman’s March (1986), this is the best entry yet in Ross McElwee’s ongoing autobiographical saga: it’s funny, profound, and beautifully organized, and for once the southern documentary filmmaker seems fully in control of all the inherent ironies. McElwee learns from his second cousin, a movie buff, that the Gary Cooper vehicle […]
You know Lenny Bruce, the free-speech hero. But how well do you know his work?
In his day he was misunderstood, but in the iMovie age John Cassavetes seems positively prescient. A recent box set sheds light on John Cassavetes’s work outside the studio system.
This is in response to the “Pandering to Base Emotion” letter that you received [November 26]. I think this guy is a bit too uptight about what Liz does. I find her reviews reveal what will be the fun factor of a given show. And for me (and I’m sure a lot of others), that […]
Can a person request to be buried in his backyard rather than a cemetery? A guy in West Virginia said in June that he planned to be buried in his yard; the city council had to pass a new law to prevent it. I say a person (in California, where I live) can be buried […]
American Apparel and Lush finally go brick-and-mortar in Chicago.
We were very happy to see the article on Gary Stochl [“Hot Shot,” November 26], whose work very much impressed us when we saw it at the opening to his one-man show at Gallery Chicago. We immediately recognized the fact that we were confronted by very important work and set about interviewing him in depth […]
One unwelcome discovery in Charles Newell’s dogged, faithful three-hour revival of Wilde’s masterpiece is how much its wit can wear you down. Not a few lines belabor the obvious or distract without amusing. But instead of rendering the comedy crisper, Newell makes this mannered comedy of manners more deliberate. Lance Stuart Baker’s Algernon is almost […]
Arcade Fire wins another convert.
To the editors of the Chicago Reader: I want to commend Harold Henderson for his fair and balanced criticism of Sam Harris’s book, The End of Faith [“The Dangers of Faith,” November 12]. I have not read the book, and so can make no comments on Harris’s philosophy or his perception of theology. However, I […]
Presented by Facets Cinematheque and the French Cultural Services in Chicago, the eighth annual Festival of New French Cinema runs December 3 through 12 at Facets. Tickets are $9, $5 for Facets Cinematheque members; for more information call 773-281-4114. Unless otherwise noted, all films are in French with subtitles. As if Nothing Happened A promising […]