Quick — what animal has no bones, blood or brain? If you said sea jellies, you’re right. If you didn’t know the answer, it’s time to visit Shedd’s new exhibit on this underwater creature that fascinates kids and adults alike.
The mumblecore film movement exploded nearly a decade ago, breathing fresh air into the independent film world with its lo-fi aesthetic, often-improvised acting and narratives exploring the lives and loves of post-collegiate twenty-somethings. Mumblecore films, the label a joke that stuck much to the annoyance of the filmmaking collective, look simple and amateurish at first glance.
Take in a concert at the Pritzker Pavilion, crane your neck up at the Willis Tower, or amble along the Riverwalk, and there’s no escaping it: Chicago is an architecture town. We pioneered the skyscraper, built the largest indoor structure in the world (Merchandise Mart) and ran our trains above ground.
Lights! Camera! Shoot!
International Fair brings ads past and present to the Cultural Center
We see them every day. Posters advertising rock shows, plays, fragrances, food stuffs, cell phones, military recruiting and all matter of ephemera. Plastered on telephone poles, in storefront windows, and along the sides of buildings — they’re everywhere. And though eye-catching, they often are noticed with only a passing glance. This is unfortunate.
'Working' explores the dignity of those who labor
"Working," the new version of an older musical, based on the 1974 book by Studs Terkel, is an entertaining, often moving show that has much to offer, if you can tolerate a few f-words sprinkled in, plus one testimonial from a prostitute. The musical has gone through several revisions and re-adaptations over the past 33 years, but this one feels thoroughly up to date. Computers, cellphones, outsourcing, downsizing, hedge funds and the current economic downturn are all referenced.
When will robots get smarter than people? New opera sings the question
Revolution returns to the screen
Crowds flee in terror down cement steps. Armed troops advance and shoot. Bodies fall. Victims are trampled. Pandemonium. An anguished mother holds the limp body of her dead child, defiant to the oncoming slaughter. Bloodied faces plead and cry in agony. Soldiered feet jackboot forward aggressively in unison.