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The artists and bartenders and scientists in Ben Steger’s documentary Left Field are searching. 

They’re looking for new definitions for things like family, parenthood, work, success – and they find some of these redefined values together in an unlikely source: the goofy, anarchic, chemically enhanced adult kickball league at Humboldt Park. 

Some commentators have dismissed the kickballers as suspended adolescents, as if that’s necessarily a bad thing.  But thinking we’ve got the answers is a kind of death, and I think there’s a certain nobility in the search. 

See my Feb. 26 cover story on Left Field.  It screens Sunday at 5:30 PM and Monday at 6 PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.  $9.