The kernel of a very good idea lies at the heart of Karen Zacarias’s play, now receiving its world premiere under Henry Godinez’s direction. Exploring the frustrations and machinations of the title character, wife of a dying painter who was once friends with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Zacarias hints that often the most interesting […]
Poet Kevin Young is building an accomplished career from the detritus of pop culture past. He subtitled his 2003 collection, Jelly Roll, “A Blues,” and that it was, all sly and sexy wordplay, the poet’s very real pain shrugged off with a wiseass grin. He continues to spin high art from low, old forms of […]
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JEFF BARAKA (O TYPE STAR) The Shift | Wholistic Boogie Media Jeff Baraka, aka O Type Star, has been on the periphery of Chicago’s hip-hop scene for more than a decade, but the 2003 single “A Different Type of Cancer” is his only official release so far. This promotional EP, with three songs from the […]
Aesop Rock’s lyrics, now in print and (more) comprehensible.
Lead Story According to a January issue of Current Biology, researchers at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland found that while the male dance fly ordinarily presents the female with a nutritious “nuptial gift” (usually a juicy dead bug) as a precondition for mating, the male can also give a worthless gift (in this […]
Two family flicks explore the upside of home invasion.
James Cameron’s latest creatures can outfreak any alien.
Neil Simon’s 1965 comedy about the postdivorce cohabitation of a neurotic neat freak and a hopeless slob holds up well enough to justify 40 years of revival. Most of the jokes still sing, and we can still relate to poker buddies, bitter ex-husbands, and giddy young women. However, even if you can manage to forget […]
When Orson Welles’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds was broadcast in 1938, panic ensued: many radio listeners missed the disclaimer and believed Martians really were invading. In this entertaining but uneven late-night show, writer-performers Cary Cronholm, David Petitti, Wayne Graham, and Thea Lux depict people’s desperation, ill-fated heroism, and opportunism in comic […]
Pissing, moaning, and self-fulfilling prophecy at Van Harrison Gallery’s last show in the second city.
I’m a 24-year-old straight female. I just moved to a new city where I don’t know anyone. So the other night I hung out with a 21-year-old jock from work. We went to a bar and eventually wound up back at his apartment, where we both smoked pot. I was thinking he was a muscle-bound […]
The idea behind Rob Becker’s 1991 solo show is that the differences between men and women stem from caveman days. Women are gatherers of information–that’s why they’re always talking to their girlfriends. Men are strong, silent hunters–they flip through channels because they’re killing them as they go. In this touring production, burly, bearded Chris Sullivan […]
If Judith Harding’s body language weren’t so expressive, her replications of autism and cerebral palsy in this solo show would be appalling. But a disarming candor is characteristic of this performer, who in You Are Here recounted her own adventures in psycholand with never a tear or sermon. In this piece she adopts the straightforward […]
I would’ve expected Antony & the Johnsons to grate on my nerves. Antony is a New York cabaret artist and scenester who’s toured as one of Lou Reed’s backup singers, and on his new second album, I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian), Reed contributes backing vocals alongside the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Boy George, […]