| Sep 18, 2008
In the 1980s, Martin Kersels was a performance artist.
In the 1990s, he became a performance sculptor.
Kersels' sculptures don't look like robots, conventionally conceived by Hollywood and less predictably so in the scientific engineering lab. But in...
| Sep 19, 2008
Veteran solo-show artist Dan Kwong essays his first full-length, multi-character piece with "Be Like Water," a world premiere at East West Players. Kwong's keen sense of fun and obvious sincerity are unfortunately undermined by his poorly developed...
| May 26, 2008
There's nothing like a British farce to make you feel stubbornly, even condescendingly American.
Oh, the English, with their love of bawdy adolescent silliness -- clearly the Freudian flip-side of a stiff-upper-lip severity. As for the French door-...
| Apr 11, 2010
Disco and the Remaking
of American Culture
W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95
Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky...
| Nov 8, 2009
For a writer, Enda Walsh has surprisingly little faith in words.
The 42-year old Irish dramatist's plays "The Walworth Farce" and "The New Electric Ballroom" have earned rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. But he insists that "words sort of get...
| Aug 30, 2009
"The great portion of any ball game consists of the pitcher holding the ball or throwing it to the catcher," wrote one-time Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck in his 1965 book "The Hustler's Handbook" (Ivan R. Dee: 352 pp., $15.95 paper). "Anything that...
| May 12, 2005
As trendsetting time periods go, the '70s were the best of times (the Bicentennial, roller disco) and the worst of times (we repeat, the Bicentennial, roller disco). The decade also spawned enduring styles for the home. Some were classic designs that...
| Apr 14, 2005
Here's a nut-brain idea: Stop killing things. Toss aside those reflexive and lowly habits, and start using nonlethal techniques to keep pests out of your garden. Too nutty?
Most organic gardening concerns itself with nontoxic (to humans and pets, at...
| Apr 2, 1989
Rap music is not polite. It's a noisy 'n' crude attack on mainstream sensibilities that has even liberal-minded adults who were raised on the rebellious, outlaw beat of Little Richard and the Rolling Stones asking themselves, "What happened to real music?...