The most prized pupils of renowned violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron, Siberians Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov, are now the preeminent Russian violinists of their generation. While the volcanic Vengerov is immensely popular, the less dramatic Repin probably excites his peers more than the public. Both play with passion, but where Vengerov erupts, Repin smolders. His […]
Shepsu Aakhu’s drama about facing a hurricane gains resonance from the fact that people in Katrina’s path actually experienced such worry, sadness, guilt, and grief. But simply jogging our memories of the 2005 disaster isn’t enough–this MPAACT Theatre production creates only a gentle lapping of emotion, not a strong wave. Aakhu’s play never builds momentum, […]
With battered junk-shop turntables and scuffed vinyl, this Englishman layers leisurely loops into dense and beautiful compositions. On the recent Songs for Europe (Asphodel), he and fellow turntablist Janek Schaefer use secondhand classical, folk, and pop records procured in Istanbul and Athens to shape a portrait of two cultures that clash as they coevolve. The […]
Since its, uh, debut MP3 made the rounds this winter, Yeasayer has bewitched me with its full-tilt weirdness. Clearly the product of a post-TV on the Radio world, the quartet keeps shifting its sound around in what-the-fuck ways. One minute the whole mix is warped by walls of vaguely fonky deep-space reverb; the next, a […]
A new CD series collects Illinois music from the past century.
Almost nine years after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, this documentary postmortem by Moises Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project has lost some of its gut-wrenching immediacy. What endures is Kaufman and company’s fairness and compassion in presenting the small Wyoming town where the hate crime took place. Even the killers are given […]
On their new album the Sea and Cake get (relatively) straightforward.
The new aldermen get their bearings while the veterans conduct business as usual.
Like nervous museums everywhere, Adler’s getting a makeover.
What’s the story on the effectiveness of the various baldness treatments on the market today? The many products advertised on TV make some pretty amazing claims. Is there any independent research available to compare the different treatments? —T.H., via e-mail When minoxidil hit the market 20 years ago I thought: At least that’ll be the […]
Vella Cafe 1912 N. Western 773-489-7777 For the past few years Sara Voden and Melissa Yen have been selling what may be the finest sandwiches in Chicago from a small patch of grass in Lincoln Park. Their grill at the Green City Market produced wondrous items like a grilled Moroccan chicken panini and the French […]
330 S. Dearborn 312-212-8860 When I walked into this new South Loop boutique and saw the displays of soap, candy, and wrapping paper, I figured it was going to be one of those places that can’t decide if it’s a clothing store or a gift shop. But a spin around the floor quickly put the […]
Fleet Feet Sports 210 W. North 312-587-3338 4555 N. Lincoln 773-271-3338 Women looking for running buddies might find them at the weekly women’s night hosted by Fleet Feet Sports. You can either run or walk the three- and eight-mile routes, and you can log your miles to earn free apparel and gift certificates. The event […]
In Chalk, a high school mockumentary in the style of The Office, the students are the bad guys.
Few Chicagoans exemplify the taken-for-granted local genius better than Bobby Broom. He’s one of the greatest guitarists in jazz today, but because he holds down a few low-key weekly gigs when he’s in town, he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. Discovered at 16 by Sonny Rollins, he played in the tenor titan’s band in […]