Why you didn’t hear a peep about the first whooping crane to land in Chicago in more than a century.
The members of the local quartet THE NARRATOR–vocalists-guitarists Sam Axelrod and Jesse Woghin, bassist James Barron, and drummer Nate Heneghan–clearly draw inspiration from Chicago’s post-rock and emo scenes, but they skillfully avoid the wankiness and the melodrama that can make those subgenres so tiresome. A 2003 single and an explosive 2004 EP, Youth City Fire, […]
In addition to all that food, Taste of Chicago features music on several Grant Park stages: the Fox Bandstand (Jackson & Lake Shore Dr.), the Fun Time Stage (Michigan & Balbo), the Taste Stage (Columbus & Jackson), and the Petrillo Music Shell. For more information, call 312-744-3315. THURSDAY 30 Fox Bandstand 11:30 Janesville 2:00 Rob […]
I’m pretty sure I fall outside the Cupid Players’ target demographic. Judging by this show’s content, the troupe’s ideal audience member is young enough to be weirded out by the thought of his parents having sex but old enough to worry that he’s starting to act like his dad. He dreads romantic rejection almost as […]
Nicholas Tremulis has been hanging tough since the mid-80s. But between a new ‘XRT show and his 52 Reasons Project, he’s got a few new outlets.
Friday 1 ERIN MCKEOWN On her 2003 album, Grand, singer-songwriter Erin McKeown assembled a bold, quirky mix of pop, folk, and rock, playing up the jazzy qualities of her voice and expanding the range of her remarkably sweet, elastic singing. On her new album, We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk), her voice is still great […]
In this self-consciously contemporary adaptation of the protofeminist 1879 classic, Rebecca Gilman offers Ibsen by way of Ann Beattie: the script is peppered with references to phenomena like Enron, Vicodin addiction, and stem-cell research. But Gilman never makes a convincing case that her Nora, a Lincoln Park trophy wife who somehow doesn’t have her own […]
Anna Maria Pasteria 4400 N. Clark 773-506-2662 My first apartment in Chicago was on West Dakin, just around the corner from Anna Maria Pasteria. I was usually broke, but when I did have a few extra dollars this low-key Italian restaurant on Broadway was my default “nice” place. The neighborhood was still a couple of […]
Dan Noonan’s new semiautobiographical script is a minor miracle, avoiding the pitfalls that hobble so many AIDS plays. Melodramatic pity, facile moralizing, and PC proselytizing have no place in this piece about Patrick, a nebbishy HIV-positive hemophiliac searching for love in his doctor’s waiting room. Instead Noonan turns a TV-movie premise into a carefully observed […]
Playwright Samuel Morris has a modestly clever idea: a backstage farce a la Noises Off that features Romeo and Juliet as the onstage production. Then he combines it with the simultaneously bizarre and uninteresting notion that Shakespeare’s play should be about a death cult. All the goings-on in this witless world premiere by a new […]
Singer-songwriter Ana Egge isn’t quite 30 years old, but her husky voice has the worldliness of a musician twice her age, and most of the songs on her fourth album, Out Past the Lights (Grace/ParkinSong), sound like the musings of a battle-scarred survivor. Her delicate acoustic arpeggios, boxy chord progressions, and ebullient pop-folk leads could […]
With The Rapture Exposed out in paperback this week, Barbara Rossing is about to enter round two in her battle with the Left Behind people.
The Epoxies don’t do a thing that wasn’t done to death by 1987, but if you still care about that after you’ve heard them, you’re too jaded for your own good. These Portland neo-new wavers play pop punk splashed with Doctor Who synths and space-laser noises, and their sci-fi-influenced lyrics attack consumerism, crummy jobs, and […]
The first animal that Irene Hardwicke Olivieri incorporated in her work was a walking stick, found when she was an undergrad in Texas. “They’re pretty amazing,” she says. “They have a record copulating time among insects of 72 hours, and they’re capable of parthenogenesis.” She kept it in a terrarium for a while, reading everything […]
Another Seveth Circuit ruling, another defeat for the press.