Author Archive for Aliya Ram

Rhymes and reasons

“Yes! No! Listen to the poem!” the audience chanted as up on stage twenty-odd students from schools across the South Side recited their poetry in Englewood’s first Youth Poetry Duo Slam.

The Bookseller

It seems that Wilson has been a devoted boss, bookseller and man, and indeed his unassuming romanticism rolls off him in the ounceful, as he pulls up a red leather chair in his beloved shop, adjusting his glasses in earnest preparation for this interview.

Cold Blood, Warm Hearts

ReptileFest 2011, which ran for two days in the Physical Education building at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was the sixteenth anniversary of the Chicago Herpetological Society’s (CHS) annual reptilian extravaganza.

Cracking the Code

The show has left many wondering whether the Chicago Police are really the superheroes in the SUVs, and why they should be portrayed as such if they are not.

Downward Dreaming

It seems, at first, grossly unjust that such a trivializing description as “Pilsen’s most hipsterrific play in years” should accompany Chicago’s Dream Theatre Company’s new production “Downward Facing.”

A Tall Order

Few could interpret the nuances of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Three Tall Women” with as much fluidity as director Charles Newell does in Court Theatre’s most recent production. A play which charts the life of an old woman from three different perspectives–the woman’s own, first at the end of her life, next in her middle age, and finally in her youth–“Three Tall Women” forces a director to maintain both synchronicity and contrast.

A Gentleman’s Game

The morning of the Midwest Cricket Conference’s (MCC) Division II final dawns so hot that the sun melts the goose feces that litter the massive fields of Washington Park. On ground number four, elegantly dressed all in white and toting worn bats and wooden wickets, the QC Kings and Rogers Park are readying themselves for the culmination of a tournament begun in April. QC Kings, captained by Nihar Shah, is made up of all Indians, while Rogers Park has only Pakistanis. “Oh dear…” a spectator might worry, sipping tea and thinking abstractly of Kashmir border conflicts, “I hope the game doesn’t get ugly.”