[snip] Earth to Washington, D.C.: welfare reform has failed. Reduced caseloads in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program don’t mean success, notes the Center on Budget and Policy […]
Direct-to-video doesn’t have to mean disater. For Ytasha L. Womack and her collaborators, it’s part of the plan.
Plush front man Liam Hayes has been coming back to one record for most of a decade. Now an early draft is being released, but he still can’t let go.
So I guess everyone’s agreed that John Kerry personally blew away a VC in ‘Nam 35 years ago. My question is, have we ever had a killer for president? I’m […]
Friday 29 VIC CHESNUTT His newest release is still 2003’s wonderful Silver Lake, but Vic Chesnutt’s long-out-of-print first four albums got the red-carpet reissue treatment earlier this year, with an […]
The debut novel by H.G. Carrillo, Loosing My Espanish (Pantheon), is a rarity: a more than 300-page, meditative, virtually plotless narrative that’s engaging throughout. High school teacher Oscar Delossantos is […]
The opener to the Mantasticks’ latest revue sets the bar high, as its six members let it all (well, most of it) hang out in a charmingly disheveled parody of […]
Barrel of Monkeys retains its foolproof central conceit for this new evening of short plays by Chicago Public School students, grades three through six. Performed by a troupe of adult […]
DFA Compilation #2 (DFA) What are DFA’s bands so cranky about? This bite-size New York indie–James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, the label’s in-house production team, are also two-thirds of its […]
As a kid Maia Rosenfeld was always too much: too loud, too flashy, too developed (her first bra, at age 11, was a 36B). No surprise, then, that she spent […]
Aside from putting razor blades in apples, my favorite Halloween activity has always been seeing a vintage horror feature with a live audience. This year’s pickings are rather slim, but […]
Only die-hard fans will relish Open Door Repertory Company’s revival of the Gershwins’ rarely produced 1933 successor to Of Thee I Sing. In the less successful sequel, likable President and […]
Former engineer Shane Carruth makes an impressive debut with this low-budget, low-tech suspense film about two ambitious inventors (played by himself and David Sullivan) who stumble onto the secret of […]
On his group’s wonderful new album, Aan & Uit (ICP), jazz pianist Misha Mengelberg demonstrates there’s probably no one better at bringing out–and balancing–the push and pull between order and […]
With the radical right about two Supreme Court confirmations and one tax-code overhaul away from a complete repeal of the 20th century, punklings born too late to rant about Reagan […]