March 2024 Issue: Supper Clubs (Digital Edition)

March 2024 Issue: Supper Clubs (Digital Edition)

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Life, Death and Redemption

A conversation with Selva Aparicio
"Chicago-based artist Selva Aparicio uses careful preservation of discarded or displaced things in her artworks to question and celebrate memories contained within them. Aparicio’s upcoming solo exhibition 'In Memory Of' at DePaul Art Museum will be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date. Aparicio, like many contemporary artists, works with a broad range of different processes and materials. In one artwork she painstakingly sews cicada wings together; in another she cements thousands of dandelion seeds to the surface of discarded objects."  (Frank Geiser)

Theo Theophany

A storefront theater’s journey to inclusivity

"Back in the early years of the non-Equity storefront theater company known as Theo—which began as Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre—it was pretty much founder and artistic director Fred Anzevino’s show. And done on a very short shoestring. 'I did it all, you know?' says Anzevino. 'I was living with my friend Brian, he was a furniture mover. Back in the day, we had voice machines, remember those? That was our box office. You’d call the number to get a ticket and get a real deep voice, "Hi, this is Brian. If you’re calling to get your furniture moved, please leave your name and number. If you’re calling for a ticket to Fred’s show, leave your name and number." That was our box office!'" (Dennis Polkow)

Empire of the Night

How the Marienthal Brothers brought class to Rush Street

"What distinguished these cabarets was not just the excellence of their cultural and culinary offerings, but also the enlightened policies of the owners, who made the clubs havens of integration and fair treatment at a time when these principles were far from universal in the entertainment world. The measure of their success is the number of live albums—including sessions by Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Della Reese, Marian McPartland, Mort Sahl and the Smothers Brothers—recorded at Mister Kelly's and the London House, as performers hoped to capture on vinyl the warmth and electricity of these places in their prime, as well as the ineffable Marienthal touch." (Hugh Iglarsh)

Corny Jokes, Clothes from Another Planet and Crimes of Passion

When the supper club was king
"Once a month they are young again, these accomplished supper club musicians, raconteurs and playful misfits. They call themselves ROMEO, not to be confused with the Shakespearian tragedy of love although there has surely been some of that along the way. ROMEO stands for ' Retired Old Men Eating Out.' Or sometimes 'Retired Old Musicians Eating Out'.” (Dave Hoekstra)

Arts & Culture

Art: Finding wonder in the off-the-beaten-path studio of Frank Zirbel
Dance: LaTasha Barnes brings The Jazz Continuum to Chicago
Design: Norman Teague designs with “A Love Supreme”
+ Mood: Mirrors
Dining & Drinking: Finding wow in the tastes of Cariño
Film: The EU Film Fest goes all Belgium
Lit: Ben Tanzer talks about "The Missing"
Music: Brigitte Calls Me Baby jumps through musical eras with joy
Stage: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins rethinks the "Purpose" of family


The culture is flourishing


"Little House": A new poem by Susan Hahn

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