Author Archive for Josh Kovensky

Driven Back into the Past

The Don of Diesel, the Maharaja of Motor, the Shogun of shot brakes. Patrick Lay–owner of Hyde Park’s Foreign car hospital–is a man whose career and devotion to foreign automobiles has spanned over half a century, from the OPEC embargo…

Annual jazz

It began with a rumble, and then a screech, and then a bang. A thumping baseline saddled up beside vocals preaching the gospel of love, while drums echoed against gothic stonework. At Union Church on 56th and Woodlawn, the Hyde…

Monk and Mingus

Copacetic composers Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus were brought back to life this past weekend. No, it wasn’t the work of new science or an ancient spell; rather, this was the University of Chicago’s Jazz X-tet’s set, “Monk and Mingus.”…

Love at Twentieth Sight

Can getting hitched survive today’s fast-paced hookup culture? Where can South-Siders go for traditional long-term relationships? Is love at first sight really possible in our time? Tameka Jones of Pretty in Pink Productions has answers. Her speed dating service, Twenty…

Sex-positive party

It was a conservative pundit’s worst nightmare. In a fit of ecstatic tolerance, sexual discrimination, gender binaries, and the heteronormative hierarchy disappeared. Out of the remaining wormhole came free HIV testing, drag shows, dancing, and wholehearted acceptance–such was the scene…

Dispute of Good Repute

A knockout ring girl skimpily clad in black, fishnets down her legs, strutted through a crowd of energized members of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. No, this wasn’t the debut of a new uniform. Rather, it was the scene…

Urban Legends

The current Chicago Urban Arts Society (CUAS) show, “Tale of 2 Cities: Chicago & Detroit,” is both imaginative and ambitious, capturing urban life in these two similar yet distinct cities.