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  • An appreciation: Carlos Monsivais

    An appreciation: Carlos Monsivais
    Carlos Monsivis wasn't a "pundit," although he spoke and wrote with biting irony and insight about politics. He wasn't a "talking head" either, although he regularly appeared on TV shows in his native Mexico to offer erudite yet unstuffy thoughts about...
  • Yale Grad Bryce Pinkham Plays The Bad Guy In 'Ghost'

    Yale Grad Bryce Pinkham Plays The Bad Guy In 'Ghost'
    Da'Vine Joy Randolph isn't the only recent Yale School of Drama grad in the spotlight in the Broadway musical,"Ghost," based in the 1990 hit film. Bryce Pinkham, who graduated in 2008 just as Randolph was entering the three-year program, is cast in the...
  • 'Hog butcher for the world'

    'Hog butcher for the world'
    The shuttering of the Union Stock Yard and Transit Co. on July 30, 1971, didn't mark the end of Chicago's role as "hog butcher for the world." That came a year earlier, when "hog alley" closed, a victim of the stockyards' long descent from years of...
  • Conspicuous thrift

    Conspicuous thrift
    It's no fun being rich when everyone else is poor. Who, for example, would be willing to show up to a dinner party in a brand-new lime-green Lamborghini, in the almost certain knowledge that some of the other guests would be among the growing ranks of the...
  • Theater review: 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' at ACT

     
    From San Francisco The happiest surprise of British director John Doyle’s dashing, apocalyptic staging of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” which opened Wednesday at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, is the depth of...
  • Monster Mash: Autry president to retire; Einstein's theory of relativity goes public; LuPone's ballet debut

     
    --Bidding farewell: John L. Gray, president of the Autry National Center of the American West, will announce his retirement today. (Los Angeles Times) --Scientific treasure: The original 46-page manuscript of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity...
  • 'Trust' at Lookingglass: David Schwimmer's story of a shattered family hits close to home

     
    THEATER REVIEW: "Trust" ★★★½ Through April 25 at the Lookingglass Theatre in Water Tower Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave.; Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes; Tickets: $18-62 at 312-337-0665 and lookingglasstheatre.org There is little in the way of safe...
  • Music review: Hanns Eisler, a Marxist for our time?

     
    Hanns Eisler is not, yet, a recovered voice. A two-time Oscar nominee for best score, the German composer, who fled the Nazis in 1933, was the first in motion pictures to be called up by the House Committee on Un-American......
  • 'Billy Elliot the Musical' at the Oriental Theatre: Billy triumphs in the city that works

     
    THEATER REVIEW: "Billy Elliot the Musical" ★★★★ Extended run at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.; Running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes; Tickets: $30-$100 at 800-775-2000 and www.broadwayinchicago.com • When Elton met Billy (posted March 13,...
  • How Ann Magnuson gott her dammerung on (and became a Wagner groupie)

     
    Like many opera illiterates, I used to associate Richard Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung” with one thing: Nazis. Those ominous strings, the rumbling timpani, the heroic heralding horns; they could mean only one thing ... more Hitler footage on t...
  • IRAN: Tehran staging of 'Galileo' reflects a nation's struggle against 'ignorance,' 'ancientness' [Corrected]

     
    Will the truth triumph over superstition and dogma? That was the question hovering in a Tehran theater Sunday afternoon as 14 men and women in black clothes circled around the astronomer Galileo Galilei in director Dariush Farhang's sometimes nightmarish,...
  • Hans Zimmer on his ‘Sherlock Holmes’ score: ‘Real life takes place in pubs'

     
    Before Hans Zimmer even began work on Guy Ritchie’s take on “Sherlock Holmes,” the film was loaded with Zimmer music. As he was about to embark on the seven-month project that would be composing and conducting the score for the......