Embracing the Nightmare: An Interview with Aeron Alfrey

Embracing the Nightmare: An Interview with Aeron Alfrey BY MATTHIAS MARTIN Happy Halloween! I hope you're dressed in your most dreadful and thinking of all things contorted and devious on this All Hallow's Eve. You may try a bit harder today to tap into the sinister realm, but chances are you still can't match Aeron Alfrey on any day of the year. Even if you fear the outside world preferring to embrace the ghastly spirit [more]

Chicago Humanities Festival: Week One Recap

Chicago Humanities Festival: Week One Recap BY JORDAN MAINZER & ANDREW HERTZBERG My big takeaway from the first week of the 25th annual Chicago Humanities Festival was that the most effective talks were multi-media. Given the abstract nature of the term "humanities," the most successful speakers used concrete examples from their practices to illuminate their ideas.The Roger Ebert: Life Itself [more]

A Dream of Wessex

A Dream of Wessex BY S.P. WALDEN Perhaps ironically, the recent referendum on Scottish independence has forced the English to confront the vexed question of their national identity. As an Englishman living in Scotland with a Scottish partner and daughter, for me the issue is particularly pertinent. I imagine few Americans lose sleep pondering what it means to be American: the [more]

Teens to the Tempest

Teens to the TempestBY JIM KNABLE In early October, I took 57 eighth graders and five brave adult chaperones to see The Tempest at La MaMa Theatre in the East Village, and we all returned alive. No one got lost; no one’s cell phone went off during the quiet scenes; the show was not an abstract experimental take on the play that would have rendered it completely unrecognizable to the [more]

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Embracing the Nightmare: An Interview with Aeron Alfrey

BY MATTHIAS MARTIN Happy Halloween! I hope you’re dressed in your most dreadful and thinking of all things contorted and devious on this All Hallow’s Eve. You may try a bit harder today to tap into the sinister realm, but chances are you still can’t match Aeron Alfrey on...
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Chicago Humanities Festival: Week One Recap

BY JORDAN MAINZER & ANDREW HERTZBERG My big takeaway from the first week of the 25th annual Chicago Humanities Festival was that the most effective talks were multi-media. Given the abstract nature of the term “humanities,” the most successful speakers used concrete examples from their practices to illuminate their ideas. The Roger Ebert: Life Itself talk,...
Ramparts Maiden Castle (Photo: Tudor Barker)

A Dream of Wessex

BY S.P. WALDEN Perhaps ironically, the recent referendum on Scottish independence has forced the English to confront the vexed question of their national identity. As an Englishman living in Scotland with a Scottish partner and daughter, for me the issue is particularly pertinent. I imagine few Americans lose sleep...
LA MAMA CANTATA 2 presentation picture

Teens to the Tempest

BY JIM KNABLE In early October, I took 57 eighth graders and five brave adult chaperones to see The Tempest at La MaMa Theatre in the East Village, and we all returned alive. No one got lost; no one’s cell phone went off during the quiet scenes; the show...