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The Hanover Band

No, this is not a “band” concert in the modern sense–it is one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles making its Chicago debut at long last. The British Hanover Band (band was a common 18th-century designation for an orchestra) is known primarily in this country through its many award-winning recordings under a variety of […]

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Trio Basso

Trio Basso, the most intriguing of Europe’s new-music chamber groups, was formed in 1982 by Cologne-based violist Eckart Schloifer, cellist Othello Liesmann, and double bassist Wolfgang Guttler even though, at the time there were not more than a handful of original works designed for their singular instrumental combination. Since then, the number of works written […]

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Harlem Suite; Rapunzel

HARLEM SUITE at the Regal Theater RAPUNZEL Hystopolis Puppet Theatre “It’s a showcase full of quality–sophistication all around,” goes a line in Andy Razaf’s song “That’s What Harlem Is to Me.” The description applies as well to Harlem Suite, the new dance musical directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines. A tribute to black musical and […]

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Leonard Cohen

Despite all his progress as a producer/arranger since he first recorded, Leonard Cohen is still spinning variations on that same old theme, lamenting the scorn of a woman who hardly deigns to hear his plaints. His dense, sarcastic stories of broken love affairs still suggest a sad world whose inhabitants scream, kill, and climb immense […]

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Dressed Up and Going Nowhere

To the editors: I am writing to thank you for George Grass’ review [October 21]. It was refreshing to hear from a critic with enough integrity to allow himself not to be taken in by the Lyric Mafia, whose campaign included two articles in the program itself trying to bully patrons into accepting adolescent witlessness […]

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In the Eye of the Beholder

THE COLD EYE (MY DARLING, BE CAREFUL) *** (A must-see) Directed by Babette Mangolte Written by John Barth With Kim Ginsburg, George Deem, Powers Boothe, Saskia Noordhoek-Hegt, Ella Troyano, James Barth, Maggie Grynastyl, and Valda Setterfield. Cathy, a young painter living in New York, is the central character in The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be […]

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Religious Intolerance

To the editors: After reading Grant Pick’s overly sympathetic article about the religious leafleteers, “This Could Be Your Last 5 Minutes Alive!” (Oct. 14), I’d like to speak up for the “heathens.” To begin with, how dare these people accost me in public to tell me that I am going to burn in hell because […]

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Persecution Is Relative

To the editors: I appreciated most of Tom Boeker’s criticism of The Puppetmaster of Lodz [October 21] but it makes me very angry when people make relativist statements like the Holocaust can be compared to the Israeli’s treatment of Palestinians! Hogwash! The Israelis have not stuck Palestinians into gas chambers or slave camps. In keeping […]

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Onion City Film Festival

Now that Chicago Filmmakers is mainly neglecting new experimental work in favor of documentaries and other Chicago venues are dealing with this area of cinema only intermittently, occasions to keep abreast of the latest developments in this branch of film art are becoming fewer and fewer. All the more reason to be grateful that the […]