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Dr. John & Sunnyland Slim

This is one of the year’s more intriguing bookings: Sunnyland Slim’s traditional Delta piano, by turns easyrolling and propulsive, juxtaposed against Dr. John’s churning New Orleans R & B and voodoo-tinged funk. Each man, in his own way, is a living repository of history: Sunnyland came of age in the prewar Delta, playing lumber camps, […]

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Hedda Flapper

HEDDA Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at the Theatre Building There are some women whose status as icons is undisputed–Antigone, Joan of Arc, Nora Helmer. All performed decisive actions that have inspired women everywhere. Hedda Gabler, however, remains an enigma among the feminist candidates for canonization. Was she a spoiled and self-destructive neurotic whose suicide was precipitated […]

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The Third Rail Comedy Hour

THE THIRD RAIL COMEDY HOUR Third Rail Comedy Ensemble at the Roxy Nothing is more striking about the Third Rail Comedy Ensemble than the fact that they are virtually indistinguishable from the dozens of other graceless Second City wannabes performing weekly throughout Chicago and environs. Thanks to the efforts of three improv factories–Players Workshop, Second […]

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The Kashubian Tapes

THE KASHUBIAN TAPES at the Garage The protagonist of The Kashubian Tapes, a one-man show featuring Peter Reinemann, claims to have evidence that the United States supplied Iran with weapons and parts for years before the Iran-contra scandal. The evidence is Pulitzer Prize material, yet no one will touch it. No one will even listen […]

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The Straight Dope

Thanks for the scoop on Dianetics. Now how about Transcendental Meditation? Relaxation I can see. Cleansed thought processes, sure. But levitation? –Anonymous, Greensboro, North Carolina Little do you know, Jack. A few weeks ago somebody sent me a flier with the startling news that the Fourth Annual Continental Yogic Flying Competition was about to be […]

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Chamber Opera Chicago

While Lyric Opera gears up for its 35th anniversary with one of the most shamelessly conservative seasons ever offered by a major opera house, turn to Chamber Opera Chicago for the only 20th-century opera to be heard this fall, and a Chicago premiere at that. Gian Carlo Menotti is probably best known for his tuneful […]