[snip] Raising Cain. A west-side school principal who requested anonymity told Catalyst Chicago reporter Maureen Kelleher about a 12-year-old boy at her school who “can get 50 kids together in five minutes. He’s done it,” she says, referring to a fight that took place outside of school. “The boy insulted a girl, whose brother started […]
Nicholas Wright’s reenvisioning of Vincent van Gogh’s life has broad shoulders and a bigger heart, but all subtleties get washed out in Frank Pullen’s puzzling staging for the Journeymen. The opening scene, which features a flurry of kitchen activity, becomes a 20-minute cooking tutorial, complete with two characters stirring gravy. The energy devoted to superficial […]
Three documentaries look at how radicals are defined–and redefined.
Setting themselves a double challenge, the Free Associates aim to parody both the real White House and the liberal wet-dream television version–in addition to accomplishing their usual feat, improvising a coherent full-length show based on audience suggestions. They weren’t up to it, at least not on opening night. Though a few individual performances captured the […]
Bill Evans, who turns 65 in a matter of days, is still performing at an age when other dancers have long since retired. Trained in ballet, modern, and jazz, he revolted against the discipline of holding in his stomach (which inhibits deep breathing) and “working through” injuries (i.e., ignoring them) at about 30, when he […]
A photo exhibit in Frances Glessner Lee’s childhood home provides an intimate look at the remarkably precise crime-scene models she built in the 40s and 50s.
In her review of Pegasus Players’ The Upper Room [“True but Not Genuine,” March 11], Kelly Kleiman climactically lectures, “One of the hardest things about writing historical fiction is to wear your research lightly, recognizing that not everything you’ve learned will contribute to a reader’s understanding of your story. The same is true of docudrama.” […]
Police with a mandate to keep Michigan Avenue clear during the March 19 protests missed a theatrical three-hour demonstration but arrested a guy who was just carrying his sign home.
Friday 1 AMY CORREIA New York singer-songwriter Amy Correia brought in a lot of musicians and instruments to record her second album, Lakeville (Nettwerk); a handful of tracks feature cello, trombone, and pedal steel, and Correia herself plays piano and ukulele in addition to acoustic guitar. But what impresses me most about the album is […]
The 19-volume Ethiopiques series has worked wonders to boost Ethiopian music in the West, but most of the titles focus on the music’s golden age–the late 60s and early 70s–and contemporary pop from the East African nation is still all but invisible in the States. Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw is a prominent exception; born in Ethiopia […]
Thank you for highlighting the opportunities for home owners to increase the energy efficiency of their older homes [“How Much Green Does It Take to Go Green?” March 18]. Every year thousands of home owners make home improvements without considering how these projects can help lower the operating costs and improve the comfort of their […]
This epic Italian drama was shot as a TV miniseries, then rejected by the state network. Released to theaters as a two-part feature with a running time of just over six hours, it beautifully realizes the travails of a middle-class family from 1966 through the millennium, as radical politics wax and wane in Italy. A […]
Meet Raphael de Charles: muse, actor, model, fashion designer, makeup artist, master of self-invention.
Ben Joravsky may be shortsighted in taking a jaded view of the chances of Northerly Island’s becoming perhaps the world’s greatest city park [“Giving Away the Farm,” March 4]. Certainly there are grounds for Chicago-style cynicism in the Machiavellian machinations that will put Clear Channel in the park. But far more is going on than […]
With each album that New York rapper Aesop Rock puts out, his beats get more cluttered and his lyrics sound more like riddles. But his vocal style stays the same: he articulates every word but snaps off his rhymes quickly, practically warping them into a different language. On his latest EP, Fast Cars, Danger, Fire […]