Burlesque is at its bawdy best in the Lavender Cabaret’s remount of this multimedia show, which intersperses amusing variety acts with provocative stripteases. Lead stripper Michelle “Toots” L’amour choreographed the […]
[snip] Things the appellate court has to tell immigration judges these days. On November 1 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed the decision of an immigration […]
Hollis Frampton (1936-’84) was a major avant-garde filmmaker who used his vast knowledge of the sciences, poetry, photography, and classical languages to construct elegant films that begin as exercises in […]
This thoughtful, sometimes beautiful feature by Alejandro Amenabar (Thesis, Open Your Eyes, The Others) is loosely based on the true story of Spanish poet Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who fought […]
Friday 17 DARK FOG This local quartet features guitarists Kevin Walsh and Ray Donato, cofounders of Chicago’s Original Sound Recordings label–home to Buried at Sea, Behold! the Living Corpse, and […]
The Holy Consumption, a local collective of four cartoonists, has formally embraced the attention-garnering strategy stumbled upon by the Hernandez brothers (Love and Rockets): do your own strips but market […]
A cautionary figure for painter Robert McCauley is 19th-century British explorer John Franklin, whose search for the Northwest Passage ended when his ships got stuck in the ice–and rather than […]
Considering a couple bucks will rent you Frank Capra’s nearly perfect 1946 film–complete with Jimmy Stewart’s pitch-perfect performance–why would any theater imagine that actors standing at microphones and reading would […]
Even auto mechanics rank higher in a national poll about honesty and ethics. But if it’s any consolation, the public doesn’t like poll takers either.
During the AACM’s late-60s heyday it was a given that musicians like Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, and Anthony Braxton would look far outside the jazz continuum for ideas. But […]
It’s hard to tell whether James L. Brooks is telling lies well or truths badly.
to Monty Python court scribe Kim “Howard” Johnson about Spamalot, his friendship with George Harrison, the inevitable Rutles revival, and the futility of trying to outrun that great big finger in the sky.
In his latest adventure with Audrey Tautou, Jean-Pierre Jeunet sacrifices compelling drama for gratuitous whimsy and big-budget spectacle.
A new CD reissue dusts off the legacy of Chicago soul legend Baby Huey.