Hyde Park | Stage & Screen

Fluttering in Circles

M. Butterfly at Court Theatre proves more intricate than human

In 1986 a French civil servant was arrested for espionage. His mistress, a Chinese opera diva, had been working as a covert agent during their time together. For eleven years, the diplomat unsuspectingly provided information to the Chinese government, ignorant of both his lover’s nationalist interests and something much more shocking: the Peking opera diva was a man. Continue reading

Bridgeport | Features | Stage & Screen

Making a Scene

Bridgeport Film Club gets outside the box

 

Director Eugene Park, cinematographer Tracy Pitts, and lead actor Wanda Jin in production for “Self-Deportation: The Untold Tale of a Marginal Woman.” Courtesy Conner Keeffe.

Director Eugene Park, cinematographer Tracy Pitts, and lead actor Wanda Jin in production for “Self-Deportation: The Untold Tale of a Marginal Woman.” Courtesy Conner Keeffe.

Scripts which open with a character waking up will be rejected,” instructs the call for script submissions on the website of the Bridgeport Film Club. Among the other guidelines: “No special effects or choreographed action.”  Continue reading

Music

Let It Be Known

An unadulterated look at the life of jazz legend Kahil El'Zabar

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At sixty years old, Kahil El’Zabar is one of Chicago’s most decorated jazz percussionists and composers. He’s also one of the most underexposed. Throughout his career he’s had many struggles, both professionally and in his personal life, that have kept him on the fringe of achieving widespread recognition. Continue reading