[snip] Unclear on the concept. Christopher Hayes spent seven weeks in Wisconsin this fall talking face-to-face with undecided voters. It’s a myth, he writes in the New Republic (online November 17), that they were conflicted about the issues. “Occasionally I did encounter undecided voters who were genuinely cross-pressured–a couple who was fiercely pro-life, antiwar, and […]
Redmoon Theater’s annual show has always been long on whimsy and spectacle–puppets, wild costumes, people on stilts, etc–and short on story. This year’s production, about a kingdom where the giant who lifts and lowers the sun every day gets sick, ushering in winter, starts off strong and establishes a satisfying mythic resonance. It’s packed with […]
I feel terrible. Everybody at Improv Kitchen was so nice and the food was good, but the business with the televisions has to be the worst idea ever. The dining area here features webcams on the ceiling and big plasma TV screens at every table, a setup that allows three improvisers to see and be […]
Drummer and singer Larry Taylor learned the blues from his stepfather, Eddie Taylor, the guitarist who helped pioneer the postwar Chicago style. He’s since played sideman to other greats, including A.C. Reed, Willie Kent, and Johnny Littlejohn, but for several years he’s also fronted his own band. On his debut CD, the new They Were […]
Friday 10 ELVIS COSTELLO TRIBUTE Promoter Chris Anderson used to book shows at Tommy Nevin’s Pub in Evanston, but since the bar stopped regularly scheduling live music in October he’s looked elsewhere to host his ambitious tribute shows, which in the past have honored Warren Zevon, Ray Davies, and Tom Waits. This two-night extravaganza doesn’t […]
Variety is this company’s aim: its annual concert features five pieces by five choreographers. New to Chicago is David Berkey’s The Waiting Game, a quartet whose structure–a solo, a duet, and another solo–suggests first someone alone and longing for love, then a happy couple together, then someone alone again. Berkey died this fall at age […]
Jonathan Rosenbaum has written intelligently often enough that his gaffes and errors just amaze me. In this last month two different films have played in Chicago which have scenes in which Rosenbaum thinks characters are hallucinating. In Irma Vep Hong Kong movie star Maggie Cheung plays a Hong Kong actress named Maggie Cheung, who travels […]
The Cultural Center and Columbia College together couldn’t work out a way to save the Harold Washington Library’s vast and amazing 16-millimeter film collection. But Nancy Watrous could.
A common criticism of Jez Butterworth’s 1996 shout-’em-up, set in the hopped-up, mobbed-up London music scene of the late 50s, is that for all its post-Mamet, post-Tarantino aggression, its conflicts are stakeless, lacking any deep insight or universal resonance. For my money, however, the real problem with Mojo is that it’s a black, black comedy […]
Michael Miner’s Hot Type column, “Robert Novak’s Not Talking,” November 26, was remarkable for its display of contempt for facts. I don’t care what Miner thinks of any of our editorials. I do care when he egregiously misrepresents the newspaper. Let’s start with his insinuation that the paper was “just going through the motions of […]
Listings of holiday craft fairs, trunk shows, open studios, and special gallery events will run through December. Send information to artlistings@ chicagoreader.com. Check back for schedule updates or call for more information. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. About Face Theatre Holiday Market Jewelry, decorative crafts, bath and body products, handmade chocolates, and more. Staged […]
This latest Corn Productions show is not awful in the obvious ways: the acting and singing are competent, the dancing is simple but appropriately silly, and the costumes are sometimes quite funny. Instead these 80 minutes are painful because of the crass stupidity of the humor, as scenes inspired by faith and familiar holiday traditions […]
After two years of blogging, roller-skating, and bathing her cat, Edith Frost is on the road again and getting ready to record a new album.
The world of the Harlem Renaissance becomes an emotional lifeline for a troubled young college student (Anthony Mackie) in this smart and passionate debut feature by Rodney Evans. As a gay black man, the hero feels doubly isolated: macho classmates in his African-American studies course consider him a disgrace to the race, while his uncertain […]
Canadian Charles Ross reenacts George Lucas’s classics in a fleet and fun 60-minute show directed by fellow Canadian T.J. Dawe. With good humor and at times offering impressive impersonations, Ross re-creates all the essentials from the first three “Star Wars” movies. He’s best as a petulant Luke or a prissy C-3PO, and his Jabba the […]