The Chicago City Council established the IPRA with expectations that it would help reverse a culture of citizen abuse and officer impunity. As we approach the seventh anniversary of IPRA's creation, it's apparent the agency has flopped.
Those advocating for the idea assert that some natural phenomena are so complex that they could not have developed naturally -- they must have been designed by a creator in exactly the form we find them.
I was taken to this place by a recent performance of Einstein on the Beach, the landmark 1976 opera by composer Phillip Glass and Director Robert Wilson. Einstein is the first in a trilogy of avant-guarde operas.
The Big Bang may have been the theme of this year's Watermill Center extravaganza of a summer gala, with its outsized red phalluses, neon ninjas, and popping balloons, but many East End events make big noise.
We arrive and lunatic cackling bounces off the walls. It could be a meth-fueled vision of an 18th century madhouse. Welcome to the Robert Wilson Annual Watermill Summer Benefit, this year titled "Voluptuous Panic."
Also, to be frank, I am a strong believer that art is tied to the ways of the world. We are in a period of cutbacks and downsizing. So, there was also a very practical reason why I had to do it - I had to survive like everyone else in these challenging times.