Archive for May 2013

Painting via 'power of thought' may hold some promise

Painting via 'power of thought' may hold some promise
An Austrian-based company called G-Tech Medical Engineering has developed software that allows people to “paint” on a computer through the “power of thought,” reports Telegraph science correspondent Richard Gray. As Gray notes, the tool — which researchers are hoping to develop to the point that it can be a chip implanted in the brain —... Read more »

Is it chutzpah for Israel to host a jazz festival in Chicago?

Writing on the Israeli Jazz Festival (May 19-23) in Chicago, Tribune arts critic Howard Reich notes that the country of just 8 million “has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent.” Listing several Israeli jazz artists who probably won’t be known to most readers, Reich suggests that the festival points to “Israel’s increasing role... Read more »

Chicago temporarily becomes cowboy country at Lyric Opera

Chicago temporarily becomes cowboy country at Lyric Opera
Some operas and plays have obvious villains. Méphistophélès in Faust is literally the devil; Hansel and Gretel features a witch who has no qualms about baking children in her oven; and Salome has any number of options, from the bloodthirsty Salome herself to Herod to Herod’s wife. The villain of Oklahoma! — at the Lyric Opera in Chicago through May 19... Read more »
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The unmeetable Vera Stark

The unmeetable Vera Stark
A search on the Encyclopedia Britannica website for Vera Stark yields two hits: Mike Leigh, a British writer and director, and the National Science Foundation. Vera Stark has no Wikipedia page, and if one ignores references to Lynn Nottage‘s play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Goodman Theatre, through June 2) and to a South... Read more »

Apparently, Chicago public doesn't understand public art

Apparently, Chicago public doesn't understand public art
Despite its reputation as a temple celebrating some of the world’s greatest architecture, Chicago’s public art seems to be confounding the understanding of both residents and reporters. CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman has filed what the channel seems to view as an investigative story about Chicago spending millions of dollars on unpopular public art. The... Read more »