Photo by Kevin Nance
For as long as she can remember, Chicago artist Riva Lehrer has been challenged with issues of physical identity due to being born with Spina bifida. Because of rude comments regarding her own body, it pushed her to question the depiction of the human form in both art and speech. Hearing her body described with words like “twisted”, “stunted” and “deformed”, it inspired her to take that negativity and create an acceptance of the unknown. By exploring the differing image of the body, Riva was able to produce a piece that reflected identity, self-representation and the mystery of survival.
As a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, this event will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art-Pick-Laudati Auditorium. Tickets are $12 to the general public and $5 for students and teachers and can be purchased here.
It will leave Mel Brooks shaking his head, wondering why he didn’t think of that first. It will make Weird Al Yankovic curse himself for not doing just one more Backstreet Boys tune. Lucky, the good folks at the Public House Theatre got struck by the muse of parody, and are staging a chilling, thrilling, musical extravaganza just in time for Halloween. Feast your eyes and ears on A Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody, which premiers this Friday, October 17!
Based on the Wes Craven horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, this fresh take was spawned from the dark pits of satire when director Ricky Glore “discovered how eerily well the greatest hits of the Backstreet Boys agreed with the plot of ‘Elm Street.’” You’ll still see the clawed and dangerous Freddy character, but now he has become “Teddy Crooner,” the psychopath with a golden voice. Flanked by similarly dressed back-up dancers, he has arisen to terrorize a new group of teens, all set to the pop-stylings of boy-band music. Confused? Bemused? Intrigued? Well quit playing games with your wallet and come see A Nightmare on Backstreet with your whole singing and dancing crew (because everyone has one of those, right?)
A Nightmare on Backstreet will begin Friday, October 17 at the Public House Theatre, located at 3914 North Clark Street, and will run until November 1. General Admission tickets cost $15. For more info on the production, including a complete list of dates, times, and links to purchase tickets, please follow the link here.
Bonjour! Amiez-vous français? Invite your favorite mademoiselle and rendezvous with with the Alliance Française of Chicago! The Alliance presents Le Caire, Nid d’Espions / Cairo, Nest of Spies as well as Rio ne répond plus / Lost in Rio, two films written and directed by critically acclaimed Michel Hazanavicius. Don’t speak french, you say? No problem! Both films have English subtitles, so even if you aren’t a French major you can still sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of Louis Jadot for $8 on October 18! To register for this event, call 312.337.1070! For more information regarding the screening, click here.