Neil Simon’s Pulitzer-winning 1991 comedy-drama, set in the 1940s, revolves around two precocious teenage boys whose father sends them to live with his battle-ax mother and neurotic, bitter, or impaired siblings while he takes a traveling sales job. Though director Catherine Davis and her able cast deliver Simon’s trademark quips and shtick with great timing […]
Dear Reader: First of all, I love your paper. It’s part of my Chicago experience, and I will faithfully read you forever and ever, amen. I’m serious. Thank you and good job to you all. I write to you now, however, to ask for a retraction of information printed in Liz Armstrong’s column in the […]
The endurance test that is Wagner’s masterpiece.
Lead Story The New Zealand agricultural company Summit-Quinphos announced in March that it had developed a new system for countering the effects of nitrogen-rich cow urine on pastureland. Government-funded researchers will now refine the system, in which a tail-mounted sensor detects when the cow lifts its tail to urinate, causing a spray device attached to […]
Touring American history with Sarah Vowell, the country’s most self-absorbed docent.
As regards Ben Joravsky’s “Caving Early” [The Works, April 15], and to those who have seen their streets grow hideously high, this bit of fiction: “Stunning New Construction” A colorful sign announcing a towering condominium complex of brick and block stood just inside the rusty chain-link fence. Of the several quaint two-story homes along a […]
Using mirrors, flashlights, and no doubt a lot of calories, Tokihiro Sato paints the air.
Now in its fourth year, the Chicago Palestine Film Festival continues through Thursday, April 28, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Tickets are $9, $7 for students, and $5 for Film Center members. For more information call 312-846-2800 or see www.palestinefilmfest.com. FRIDAY 22 Wall Shot on video and transferred to 35-millimeter, this 2004 documentary by […]
This terrific sketch show from the Crying Diamonds blends creative physical comedy with risky political and religious humor and bright, idiosyncratic vignettes on romance. The central recurring characters are two geeky lovebirds whose history is told from end to beginning, Memento-style, throughout the show. Other, unrelated sketches include a rap about communism, a caveman musing […]
We are writing to thank you for running the insightful and well-researched cover story “How to Win the War on Drugs,” by Jeffrey Felshman, in your April 1 issue. Statistics and stories like the ones in this article make it obvious that the war we need to fight is for saving people’s lives. From 1970 […]
Rebecca Lipton Epidemiologist University of Chicago Department of Pediatrics Rebecca Lipton spends her time investigating a disease for which there is no cause–no single cause anyway. Since 1991 she’s worked on the Chicago Childhood Diabetes Registry, studying factors linked to the disease in urban populations. After asthma, diabetes is the most common childhood disease, but […]
The work of director Maurice Pialat (1925-2003) is sufficiently celebrated in France to have generated an exhaustive Web site (www.maurice-pialat.net) and two DVD box sets. But his name is far from familiar here, and this complete retrospective of his dramatic features–running Friday, April 22, through Tuesday, May 3, at Facets Cinematheque–is long overdue. Some fans […]
The Catholic overtones that made the original Amityville Horror interesting have disappeared in the remake.
No one seems to know the origin of Georgia Pacific’s signature approach, the Bat, a long-form improvisational technique performed entirely in the dark and bookended by soundscapes the ensemble generates. “The basic exercise is not a mystery,” says troupe member Lisa Lewis. “In some ways, it’s like the best of old radio–it’s really about heightening […]
Never Mind the Card–Say It With a Stamp Though political art is often motivated by anger, it can be ineffective when it’s too angry and too didactic. On the other hand, such art can also lose its political punch when it’s open to multiple interpretations (even when that’s considered desirable aesthetically). It’s not clear exactly […]