Without question, Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” is one of the finest films of the year, a complex, subtle examination of prejudice and repression that’s hard to shake.
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As this autumn of renewal moves along, various University of Illinois music groups once more meet live audiences face to face.
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Upon entering the exhibition “Crip*” at Krannert Art Museum, you see three small brown mattresses resting on the floor connected by a tangle of wires. Each is braced around its middle, propping the inflatable bedding up like a body.
As a critic, I’m supposed to keep an open mind and not be prejudiced toward any performer, director or genre. Be that as it may, I’ve never been a big fan of musicals, so for me to be swept away by one, that’s really saying something.
With Thanksgiving coming up and families gathering again, these two new multicultural picture books introduce two special families as they come together.
From Nov. 4-6, Lyric Theatre @Illinois offered a staging of “Fun Home,” a musical about a young lesbian woman’s relationship with her eccentric family, and in particular with her closeted gay father, who ended his life in suicide.
Colby Cedar Smith’s “Call Me Athena: Girl From Detroit” (Andrews McMeel 2021) Smith is a novel-in-verse based on the immigration experience of the author’s grandmother.
Chicago’s legacy as a toddling theater town began in the 1830s with informal traveling variety shows held in saloons. These shows targeted rowdy male frontier audiences and lasted for hours, rarely distinguishing between high- and low-brow entertainment.
“The production and the music and the costumes and all of it is this big ball of nostalgia,” Kevin Burnside said. “You come in and you’re taken into this imaginary place that really puts you in the mood for Christmas … It’ll be magical. It’ll feel like what a holiday season should feel like.”
Taylor Marcel, in her first directorial role, said they have been working hard 'to have a wonderful performance, which they did not have the opportunity to do last year.'
All but three shelving units-worth of the Undergrad Library's118,000-plus volumes have been transferred to other locations on campus, months ahead of its impending clear-out.
One of the things I appreciate about Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard” is that it doesn’t give us a sanitized version of its controversial titular character.
Were I given the opportunity to make a film based on a part of my young life, I can only hope it would half as beautiful as Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” a semi-autobiographical account of the actor/director’s ninth year, a tumultuous time for his family and the titular capital city of Northe…
On Nov. 4, the Jupiter Quartet, in residence at the University of Illinois, was back in the Foellinger Great Hall, and they received a very warm welcome from an audience who regard the quartet as old friends.
Sudanese-American author Safia Elhillo’s magnificent novel-in-verse, “Home is Not a Country” (Make Me a World, 2021), is based on her own experience as an immigrant.
“A Glasshouse of Stars,” by Shirley Marr (Simon & Schuster for Young Readers), grabbed my attention from the start by the author’s use of second-person narration. It’s an unusual and bold choice, and, boy, does it ever work to create a feeling of disconnection and confusion.