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Grief and Goodwill

DAYTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College October 12-14 It may not be possible to watch the work of black choreographers in this country and not see it as political, as an outsider’s statement about American culture. America’s ugly treatment of its black population has to affect our experience of virtually […]

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Rainforest Film Festival

Presented by the Chicago Rainforest Action Group, the Rainforest Film Festival will run from Saturday, October 21, through Sunday, October 29. Screenings will be held at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield; the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 2001 N. Clark; the Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash; Facets Multimedia Center, […]

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Fat Man and Little Boy

The surprising thing about Roland Joffe’s movie about the building of the first atomic bomb is that, for all its unevenness as filmmaking–with a fragmented story line, unconvincing period dialogue, and a soupy Ennio Morricone score that would be more appropriate in a Sergio Leone epic–it still comes across as an unusually intelligent and provocative […]

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More of the 25th Chicago International Film Festival

The 25th Chicago International Film Festival moves into its second full week with a fair number of worthwhile films, including what are probably the two best parts of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue (the grim A Short Film About Killing and the exquisite A Short Film About Love), Maurizio Nichetti’s hilarious The Icicle Thief, several retrospective items, […]

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A Perfect Victim

A CONSTANT STATE OF DESIRE Karen Finley at Edge of the Lookingglass October 4-8 Karen Finley’s A Constant State of Desire is like a seance, with Finley acting the medium extraordinaire. Finley delivers a series of monologues–for lack of a better term–in a feverish, incantatory cadence meant to evoke the spirits of the characters described. […]

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It Was Thirty Years Ago Today

IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY Second City The quality of improv is not strained. Good trial-and-error sketches build from premise to punch line as naturally as the yuks that follow. Whatever twists occur along the way should feel almost inevitable–not thrown in to perplex us after we’ve given up on any other potential interest. […]

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Family Portraits

AGAINST THE GRAIN at Second City E.T.C. All you need to know about the firemen’s strike of 1980 before seeing Cynthia Caponera’s Against the Grain is that it happened and that Charlie Baker crossed the picket line. Charlie, Mary Ellen, and Gracie Baker will tell you the rest–and maybe tell you some things they’re not […]

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Vienna Chamber Philharmonic

Making their first North American tour under music director Claudius Traunfellner, this four-year-old virtuoso string orchestra is made up exclusively of extraordinary young graduates of the Vienna Music Academy and the Conservatory of Music of Vienna. As a special touch the second half of the program will be led by British violin sensation Nigel Kennedy, […]

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The Straight Dope

Two questions that bug me: (1) Why can’t pitchers hit? (2) Why do catchers tell the pitchers how to throw? –Earl Adkins, San Rafael, California Pitchers, shmitchers. Having watched the play-offs, I gotta ask, why can’t Andre Dawson hit? Being a Cub fan is such a burden. But on to business. Easy stuff first: Catchers […]

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A Greasy Scalper

To the editors: Re: “Crime and Punishment: Confessions of a Wrigley Field Scalper” [September 29] If Barry Silesky thinks that his persecution at the hands of Chicago cops after being arrested for scalping tickets is “some kind of key to the decline of America,” he is mistaken in his placement of blame outside of himself. […]