A long hour at the Museum of Holography
Biz 3 wants to see Chicago’s club cliques on the dance floor together.
Wong Kar-wai’s idiosyncratic style first became apparent in this gorgeously moody second feature (1991), whose romantic vision of 1960 Hong Kong as a network of unfulfilled longings would later echo through In the Mood for Love. Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong’s answer to James Dean (in fact the movie appropriates its Cantonese title from Rebel Without […]
It’s not quite “My Big Fat Persian Wedding,” but Iranian-American Negin Farsad’s autobiographical comic monologue about a trip back to Tehran in 1999 for a female cousin’s nuptials does tread some familiar ground as this all-American party girl confronts old-world traditions. A hit at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival, Bootleg Islam has a […]
Though he moved to Chicago in 2001, Andrew Morgan spent most of the subsequent years elsewhere, bouncing from his native Kansas City, Missouri, to Oxford, England, to Lawrence, Kansas, to Los Angeles to Harvard University before finally settling back in Lincoln Park in June. He began recording Misadventures in Radiology, his ambitious solo debut, at […]
The $30 ticket to the Winter Delights Chicago Blues Tour includes admission to six clubs with shuttle service between venues. Early-bird buses start at 6 PM from the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Randolph, where Chainsaw Dupont will play there from 5:15 to 6:55. After 7:30 you can leave from any venue. For info and […]
A change of plans pits Thomas Blackman’s Art Chicago directly aginst the new art expo at Navy Pier.
Writer-performer Steven Fales has an extraordinary story to tell. Born gay and Mormon, he married, had kids, and underwent “reparative therapy” in an effort to go straight. Finally he gave up, suffered through divorce and excommunication, and descended into a vortex of drug addiction and self-destruction as a sex worker in New York City. But […]
It seems clear that the recent “cross-dressing” flap at the New City YMCA was blown out of proportion, but that may not help the guy who took the rap.
Fifty-year-old French saxophonist Michel Doneda has been a presence in European improv circles for decades, but he’s relatively unknown in the U.S. He favors heavy abstraction and precise extended technique, not the fireworks better-known European free-jazz reedists like, but recently he’s found a natural niche within the bustling electroacoustic improv scene. On Strom (Potlatch), a […]
Like a photograph of a movie star’s good side, Neko Case’s last studio album, Blacklisted (2002), was a perfect but incomplete picture of her outsize talent. The noirish production on the album spotlighted her dynamic, expressive vocals and emphasized an atmosphere of unease, but it also gave short shrift to the earthy humor and unbridled […]
I keep hearing claims that the Salem witchcraft trials were the result of poisoning by grain infected with ergot fungus, which caused convulsions and other symptoms that the simple souls of the day interpreted as signs of demonic possession. Any truth to this, Cecil?–Daniel L., Kenosha, Wisconsin Not likely. While it’s rarely possible to prove […]
Drinking and writing, the Neo-Futurists tell us, has a long, proud history. In this remounted show, which travels to five Chicago bars, Sean Benjamin, Chloe Johnston, and Steven Mosqueda focus on an era when it wasn’t so easy to put a drink beside one’s typewriter: Prohibition. The format blends audience participation (one can win a […]
Yasujiro Oju is best known for his talkies, but in some ways his silent films are even better.
Tony Fitzpatrick’s gorgeous new book, The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City, Volume I (La Luz de Jesus/Last Gasp), reproduces 30 of the Chicago artist’s cryptic, symbol-laden collage-drawings, which include ephemera like postage stamps, nudie pinups, and matchbook covers from long-gone local hotels and taverns. Evoking a romantic era that Fitzpatrick remembers from tooling around […]