West Wave Dance Festival 2015

        Ernest Delight   Under the direction of Laura Elaine Ellis and Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, the Black Choreographers Festival has been mentoring, training and presenting black choreographers since 2005. This most recent offering, entitled “New Voices/New Works,” showcased thework of Dazaun  ...

Indian Summers – Season 1 on PBS Masterpiece

    This dramatic nine-part historical series recounts the 1930s summers spent at the station of Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, by a group of upper-crust British socialites as the ruling British Raj is beginning to wane. The spellbinding, well-researched saga with a cast of thousands  ...

The Tempest, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

  Chicago Shakespeare’s bewitching new production of “The Tempest” was adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (the silent member of the Penn & Teller duo). The play has all of its poetry and more music and magic than traditional productions of this late Shakespearean tale of revenge.  ...

Interview with Twyla Tharp

The first dance Twyla Tharp choreographed for her new modern dance company in 1965 was called, “Tank Dive.” Tharp walked out in a pair of heeled shoes and vigorously hurled a yo-yo toward the floor as Petula Clark’s pop hit, “Downtown,” began to play. According to her website, the title  ...

The Forbidden Room (2015)

    With “The Forbidden Room,” Guy Maddin, co-directing with his former student Evan Johnson, has managed to out-Maddin even his usual maniacal, evocative, psychosexual, non sequitur-laden style. The film opens with a guy in a bathrobe, Marv (Louis Negin), saying we’re going to talk about how to  ...

The Assassin (2015)

    “The Assassin” is exactly what you would expect from a Hou Hsaio-hsien wuxia film, if you ever expected a Hou Hsiao-hsien wuxia film at all – it’s not much fun. Which isn’t to say it doesn’t have other merits. For one thing, it is one of  ...

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a global phenomenon. As well as being one of the most recognizable artists working today, he's famous for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government and in particular of its record on human rights. So great is his renown as a dissident, in fact, that in recent  ...

These Paper Bullets

    Here is the recipe: one part ersatz Shakespeare, one part ersatz Beatles, one part fake British accents. Bake for almost two and a half hours. Will you like it? I suppose that’s a matter of taste.   Rolin Jones has used “Much Ado About  ...