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Home Remedy

A likable if minor low-budget comedy, written and directed by Maggie Greenwald, which focuses on two eccentrics who live in the same neighborhood in Paramus, New Jersey: a frustrated housewife and mother (Maxine Albert) and a narcissistic recluse (Seth Barrish) who cultivates boredom. The editing and dialogue have their moments of wit as this unlikely […]

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Lady Dazed

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL Wisdom Bridge Theatre For years I’ve waited for someone to drop a pin in a theater. No one did the evening I saw Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill–which was a pity. Ernestine Jackson, playing a woman who’s rapidly losing hold of herself, takes a very firm […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The fifth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival continues through Sunday, October 1. Film screenings will be held at the Three Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln, and at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Video screenings will be held at the Hokin Center, Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash. Ticket prices per program are […]

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Polish Film Festival

The Polish Film Festival, which is being presented by the Film Center of the Art Institute and the Polish Museum of America in cooperation with WPNA radio, runs from Saturday, September 30, through Sunday, October 8. Screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and at the Film Center, Columbus Drive at Jackson. […]

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Timeless All-Stars

In the name Timeless All-Stars, the “Timeless” part refers to the Dutch record label that originally brought this sextet together; the “All-Stars” themselves are vibist Bobby Hutcherson, tenor saxist Harold Land, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Billy Higgins, and you won’t get me to quibble over their best-of-the-best designation. […]

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The Sports Section

From an epidemiologic standpoint, this year is different from 1984: apparently pennant fever evolves between outbreaks, in much the way that viruses change every time it seems they’ve been trapped and eradicated. For one thing, the disease has changed its incubation period: it showed up later in the season this time. Five years ago, the […]

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The Wings of Moony Fishbein

THE WINGS OF MOONY FISHBEIN Webster Circle Theater at Chicago Cooperative Stage A lot of moments matter in The Wings of Moony Fishbein, which tells of a 16-year-old boy’s rapid coming-of-age in 1949 Chicago. There’s a wealth of period detail about early TV, Borden’s ice cream, and Riverview. So it’s sad that the crude, often […]

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Talk Radio

TALK RADIO Chicago Actors Theatre I first encountered Eric Bogosian about six years ago, when the now-defunct Huron theater brought him in from New York to lead workshops and perform his one-man, multicharacter show FunHouse. He was considered avant-garde or at least edgy back then, partly because he worked solo, in the manner of a […]

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John Bruce Yeh

It would be wonderful to hear CSO assistant principal clarinetist John Bruce Yeh give a recital anytime, but when he performs a work as daring and adventurous as Pierre Boulez’s 1985 Dialogue de l’ombre double for solo clarinet and tape, it becomes a must hear. Those who were lucky enough to attend the packed 1986 […]

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Three Ways Home

THREE WAYS HOME Victory Gardens Theater Three Ways Home is largely a string of narrative monologues, set in the past tense, given by three characters: a welfare mother (Dawn), her 16-year-old son (Frankie), and a volunteer social worker (Sharon). These three characters relate the events leading up to, and shortly following, Frankie’s suicide. But the […]