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Chicago Ensemble

George Crumb’s Powerful Vox Balaenae (“Voice of the Whale”), an unusual work inspired by the singing of the humpback whale, traces the evolution of the giant mammal–and mankind itself–through various geological ages. The players are required to wear black masks, and the setting is bathed in blue light. Among the work’s more interesting features are […]

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Pointless Pilobolism

ISO AND THE BOBS at the Civic Center for Performing Arts February 20-25 People don’t like to be told they shouldn’t have been enjoying themselves–especially if they thought they were having a good time. So I’m sorry, but I think everyone who cheered ISO and the Bobs at the Civic Center last week was shortchanged. […]

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The City File

Lead sentences we never got past, from Earth Day ’90 Chicago: “Environmental journalists, in an act of upping the anti on scientific literacy, have the unique position of bonding the widest variety of subjects…” “Young black males make up only 5 percent of the city’s population but are the victims in 34 percent of the […]

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Jubilation! Dance Company

JUBILATION! DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College February 23 and 24 Jubilation! Dance Company, like ISO and the Bobs last week at the Civic Center, was cheered heartily by its audience. This Brooklyn-based troupe, the fourth company to appear in the Dance Center’s series “Present Vision/Past Voice: The African- American Tradition in […]