The holidays often involve visits from family and friends, but unless your dog keeps all four on the floor, you might be the one in the doghouse.
It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are getting cooler. What better way to welcome autumn than with a stack of new books, perfect for curling up with in front of a fireplace with a hot beverage within reach.
"Mary Lou," the latest piece of cinematic brilliance from Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox, has it all – fun, drama, thoughtfulness, hit music by '70s Israeli glam pop idol Svika Pick and even drag queens.
Still in his zombie phase, following “Otto; or Up With Dead People,” gay Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce goes for the viewer’s throat (and other body parts) with the horror-porn “L.A. Zombie.” Emerging from the ocean, the titular zombie (muscular and tattoo-scalped porn star Francois Sagat), gets picked up by a guy (Rocco Giovanni) who crashes his vehicle into a pole and dies. The zombie has a pole of his own (so to speak) and utilizes it in an unusual way to revive the dead driver.
It’s immediate, spontaneous, studied, exploratory. Highly finished or a powerful scrap of an idea. Simple lines in graphite or fully realized scenes in luminous color.
In the summer of 2010, a call went out for submissions to an anthology of writing by queer Chicagoans. Now, a little over a year later, the University of Wisconsin Press has published "Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast," edited by Kathie Bergquist. It includes poetry and prose by more than 30 Chicago writers – from Carol Anshaw to Mark Zubro.
With apologies to the late, great Bette Davis, fasten your seatbelts. Off the Wall Theatre's production of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" means we're in for some campy nights.
Twenty-five years and more than 15 albums later, They Might Be Giants is still going strong. “Join Us” might lack the novelty and inventiveness of the duo’s self-titled debut album or their first major-label effort “Flood,” but there’s still plenty here to recommend. Choice cuts include “Celebration,” “Protagonist,” “Judy Is Your Viet Nam,” “Spoiler Alert” and “2082.”