Posted inArts & Culture

Camper Van Beethoven

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 are cherishing their moment of up-against-the-wall-motherfucker protest. But Santa Cruz’s Camper Van Beethoven, punklings themselves back in the Reagan era, were always either too smart […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Hacienda Brothers

SoCal roots-scene stalwarts Chris Gaffney (leader of the Cold Hard Facts, member of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men) and Dave Gonzalez (front man and guitarist for rockabilly-blues trio the Paladins) first teamed up to play a friend’s birthday party in late 2002. They soon began writing together and gigging as the Hacienda Brothers, exploring their shared […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Israel Film Festival

This traveling festival makes its fifth annual stop in Chicago from Wednesday, November 3, through Sunday, November 14, at Pipers Alley and Highland Park. Tickets for the opening gala are $75, though the film screening that night, Turn Left at the End of the World, repeats later in the festival with a standard admission. Regular […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Hermeto Pascoal

Hermeto Pascoal’s place in Brazilian music has no single analogue in the States: he simultaneously occupies roles held at various times and places by genre-defying keyboardist Chick Corea, outsider composer Moondog, and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. Pascoal plays a variety of flutes, guitars, and saxophones as well as piano and accordion, all with dazzling wizardry, and […]

Posted inArts & Culture

When the Roses Bloom Again

This late-night clown show claims to be about “friendship, war, and cheating death” but is actually less violent than 500 Clown Frankenstein, which it follows. Certainly the story of two foolish friends who exhume their deceased companion only to watch in horror as he proceeds to inflict terrible injustice on the innocent could well be […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Caught in the Net

Captured at www.hightimes.com/ht/news/content.php?bid=278&aid=4 HELP, I’M STONED, WHO SHOULD I VOTE FOR? Short Answer: John Kerry Long Answer: If you like the job George W. Bush is doing as President, you should go ahead and vote for him. But if you ask HIGH TIMES, that’s a bad idea. We think he lied about Iraq being a […]

Posted inArts & Culture

An Evening in the Rye

LiveWire Theater’s evening of one-acts is supposedly inspired by J.D. Salinger, but that can’t be unless his defining feature is wistful pointlessness. Even on their own terms the pieces fail. David Alex in Les cuisses de grenoille l’ail after the Second Eskimo War does nothing with the interactions between two young men and their guest, […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

The festival continues through 10/31, with three feature-length films and nine short-film programs screening at Facets Cinematheque and the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. Subtitled films programmed for children under the age of 11 will feature an actor reading the subtitles live. For more information call 773-281-9075 or visit www.cicff.org, which features a full festival […]

Posted inNews & Politics

How They Rate

Of the two local bar groups that have been doing judicial evaluations the longest–the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association and the 1,200-member Chicago Council of Lawyers–the CCL is more demanding. The CCL draws more distinctions among the judges, ranking them highly qualified, well qualified, qualified, or not qualified. The CBA and other bar groups simply rate […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Little Scotty

Clarence “Little Scotty” Scott has spent most of his life straddling the worlds of blues, gospel, and R & B. Born in 1945, he was severely disfigured by a fire in his home in Florence, South Carolina, when he was a teenager; afterward he found refuge in church as well as in local juke joints, […]