Jan 142011

burroughsHey Chicagoans! There’s a new documentary about William S. Burroughs that is premiering on January 21st at the Music Box Theater entitled, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within.” In addition, artistic works of cultural icons Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs will be featured at Th!nkArt Salon in conjunction with the premiere of the film.

From Th!nk’ArtSalon’s website: Celebrate the artistic works of cultural icons Allen Ginsberg & William S. Burroughs at the Th!nkArtSalon. The opening reception will be between 5:30 P.M. and  9:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2011.

Allen Ginsberg’s photogaphic work on display provides a rare glimpse into a generation of free expression and rebellious thinkers from the 1950′s, including candid snapshots of his friends William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac as well as self-portraits.  William S. Burroughs’ works on paper and shotgun paintings push the artistic boundaries paralleling the spirit of both of their written work. The reception will feature a live performance of Ginsberg’s seminal poem, “Howl” by Kevin Coval.

Feb 092010

nighthawksThe Hopper Project

WNEP Theater brings to life a mosaic of characters inspired by the paintings of American realist artist Edward Hopper.  Presented in a series of vignettes and short moments written by WNEP company members, a cast of seventeen actors follow Hopper’s New York from dawn to dark and thrust the audience into the quiet desperation and dark comedy of the city.

Written by Mary Jo Bolduc, Jen Ellison, Bob Fisher, Tom Flanigan, Don Hall, Merrie Greenfield, Joe Janes, Cholley Kuhaneck, Rebecca Langguth

Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, Directed by Don Hall
January 15 – February 21
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.
No performance on Friday, February 12, due to the holiday
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph Street
Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 for seniors and students

www.dcatheater.org or (312) 742-TIXS (8497)

This project is presented in association with Chicago DCA Theater

Dec 112009


OK, I had no idea these even existed.

Good news for men who enjoy urinating in stainless steel troughs at professional baseball games: The Chicago Cubs will renovate the bathrooms at Wrigley Field this offseason, but a team spokesman has assured the Tribune that the treasured urinal troughs, long a part of the stadium’s lore, will remain.

Specifics of the loo renewal effort were not released. The Cubs also offered no explanation as to why the team has decided not to invest in more modern urinal technology — say something along the lines of a Nano Pint Ultra-Low Consumption Urinal System.

Generations of male Cubs fans have stood side-by-side at the troughs. The silver receptacles are spoken of both lovingly (in that they give the place character) and loathsomely (in that some struggle to go in the close company of others).