Oct. 4, 2013
In the digital present as in the now-distant physical-product past, Fall remains the busiest release season of the year. So much music, so little time! Rim Shots are quick, single-paragraph reviews of albums you need to know about, either because they’re especially deserving of your attention, or quite the opposite.
Upset, She’s Gone (Don Giovanni)
“I played drums in other bands, but that got boring,” Ali Koehler writes atop her Twitter page. “F--- limits in your life. Eat corn dogs.” Of course, saying “f--- limits” is great in theory, but not always in practice—as, indeed, the overindulgence in corn dogs might prove. But damned if the former powerhouse drummer behind the Vivian Girls and Best Coast doesn’t prove to be a wonderfully effusive singer and songwriter and thoroughly captivating front person in her new trio Upset, which also features the searing guitar of Jennifer Prince (ex-La Sera) and another powerhouse drummer who happened to be one of Koehler’s percussive inspirations, the great Patty Schemel of Hole.
Oct. 3, 2013
The stigma of Shonda Rhimes’ shows are not unfounded. Now entering its 10th season, Grey’s Anatomy has emerged as a constant, if not deeply flawed television show. Although most television shows require a level of implausibility for the sake of plot, Grey’s Anatomy jumped the shark numerous times to settle into its role of over-the-top drama.
But for a show like Scandal, the over-the-top drama works. Set in the highest Washington, D.C. political circles, the more ridiculous Scandal becomes, the more entertaining it becomes for its viewer. Scandal has thus far succeeded by emphasizing its strengths. Its stellar cast keeps the plotlines safe from devolving into utter madness.
Oct. 3, 2013
He said he wanted to do his MFA in the United States, but he was trying to avoid going to New York, the “default Israeli artist thing.”
While doing a residency in Richmond, Va., he made a trip to see friends here in Chicago, saw the city and the School of the Art Institute, and was sold.
Three years later, Evron has not one but two shows opening this weekend. He’s the latest artist to produce a bumper sticker for the mobile art exhibition Trunk Show. And he has a sculpture in A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, a new group show opening Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Still, Evron says moving from Tel Aviv to Chicago was a challenge, one he likens to “moving from sixth gear to third gear.”
“At the beginning I think it was kind of boredom, but boredom in the good way,” said Evron.
Oct. 3, 2013
Oct. 2, 2013
In the digital present as in the now-distant physical-product past, fall remains the busiest release season of the year. So much music, so little time! Rim Shots are quick, single-paragraph reviews of albums you need to know about, either because they’re well worth your attention, or quite the opposite.
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2 (RCA)
“If I’d had more time, I’d have written you a shorter letter,” Mark Twain often is quoted as saying, though the actual source is up for grabs. (It’s been attributed to at least a dozen other writers.) Regardless, the point stands: Concision and self-editing are valuable commodities, more so perhaps in pop music than in any other endeavor.
Oct. 2, 2013
I went on a lake sail earlier this week and the trip took us--and my camera--close to the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, the six-story lighted sentinel south of Navy Pier on the northern breakwater.
Built for the 1893 World's Fair, the lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Chicago landmark. The 120-year-old structure is a reminder of the city's once-active shipping industry. The lighthouse was originally constructed at the mouth of Chicago River, then was moved to its current site in 1917. Today, the automatic lighthouse guides pleasure and tour craft in and out of the harbor.
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This 1930 U.S.. Coast Guard photograph shows the still-young city growing up behind the lighthouse.
A cylindrical 48 ft. tall brick and steel tower, a boathouse and a fog signal building compose the lighthouse.
Oct. 1, 2013
I tell people where I live and they say little to nothing. I tell people where I came from, where I started, and they show an understanding that I live where I currently do for a reason.
For a large part of my childhood, I straddled the line between city girl and suburban girl. My grandparents, currently living in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, like to say that they raised me during the first years of my life. I have vague memories of my immediate family’s time in this neighborhood, but I will always remember my grandparents’ home – truly, my second home – in a quiet enclave of the area.
The blocks were long, very long, seemingly neverending. The houses were never small and usually fit somewhere between just right and too much.