Swamp Tech (Tigerbeat 6), the latest from QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT, really captures their lo-fi, sweat-all-night disco aesthetic, and I’m not just saying that because I feel sorry for them losing almost everything to Hurricane Katrina. What you get on the record is what you get in person: Quintron’s avant-garde Jerry Lee Lewis act on […]
Hip Fit 1513 W. Foster 773-878-4447 Jennifer Rozenberg is obsessed with jeans: at any one time she’s got about 20 pairs in her closet. “I don’t like to go places I can’t wear them,” she says. But with new pairs often costing upward of a hundred bucks, even maintaining such a casual wardrobe can get […]
Too many people with too few ideas make for a lackluster show: most of ArcTangent Productions’ nine ensemble members net a laugh apiece during this double bill. Though James Asmus, Jady Brooks, and Joe White make bold choices and bring up the overall laugh count, it still doesn’t add up to an entertaining evening. The […]
The third annual Children’s Humanities Festival runs 10/29-11/10. All programs are $5 in advance, $6 (cash only) at the door, unless otherwise noted. Students and educators are admitted free, but reservations are required. Tickets are available by phone at 312-494-9509 or online at chfestival.org. Call 312-661-1028 for more information. Following is the schedule through 11/3; […]
In the Neighborhood
The American Music Theatre Project’s new production had a predecessor, but you won’t be seeing it again anytime soon.
Confronted with archetypally picturesque Parisians, including a winsome mime and a charmingly wry waiter, you may feel just the slightest twinge of an urge to knock somebody’s teeth in. That doesn’t last, though. Yes, this revival of Jean Giraudoux’s satirical fantasy is too cute by half–and yes, it fails to address the script’s darker aspects, […]
I am wondering if it’s true that there are, or were, inbred families or communities that live(d) in the Ozark Mountains. Was it just the movie Deliverance that led people to believe that? –Josh from Montreal I hope not, because the Ozarks and the setting of James Dickey’s 1970 novel Deliverance, source of the 1972 […]
Caridad Svich’s new translation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s rarely performed play (which he subtitled “A Poem of 1900 Granada”) is both richly melancholy and sharply funny. Rosita (husky-voiced Dana Black) spends her life waiting for a fiance who never returns, with only eccentric visitors and bickering relations to remind her how time is passing. But […]
Celebration singer Katrina Ford might sound familiar because of her guest appearance on TV on the Radio’s dance-floor hit “Staring at the Sun” (though her anodyne girl vox are often misattributed to Karen O). While Celebration’s connection to TVOTR is being used as the primary selling point for their debut record on 4AD (the press […]
Baile funk, the current sound of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, got a foothold in America this year via “Bucky Done Gun,” a track by British MC M.I.A. But in Rio the music–a variation on electro and Miami bass, with Portuguese lyrics and samples of native samba and forro rhythms–pounds from huge sound systems at up […]
The 16th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, this year themed “Home and Away,” runs 10/29-11/13, offering dozens of lectures, readings, and discussions by an international coterie of writers, artists, and scholars as well as film screenings and theatrical and musical performances. All programs are $5 in advance, $6 (cash only) at the door, unless otherwise noted. […]
The Fiery Furnaces’ latest flight of fancy is grounded in the true story of their 83-year-old grandmother, Olga Sarantos.
In what must be part of some grand Canadian takeover scheme, the Constantines have teamed up with fellow Toronto band the Unintended for a split 12-inch of Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot covers, to be released later this year. Until then the money shot is their new full-length, Tournament of Hearts (Sub Pop), which is […]
Jeff Tweedy on the new live album, Brazilian psychedelia, and calling Jay Farrar a pussy