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Abstract Passsion

HILLIARD ENSEMBLE at Orchestra Hall April 2 THE CITY MUSICK at Saint Thomas the Apostle April 6 Ancient Gnosticism was full of redeemer figures who would descend from the Father, reveal secret gnosis (knowledge), and then ascend again. Jesus quickly became identified as such a figure, until mainline Christians grew so powerful and intolerant that […]

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Wayne Shorter

Like his former boss, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter has squeezed a remarkably protean resume from his three-decade career. With Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the early 60s he established himself as a fresh voice on the tenor saxophone and an exciting, sometimes brilliant writer of hard-bop tunes. With Davis, his compositional skills deepened and darkened–marking […]

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Henry Kaiser

It seems that almost since he began playing Henry Kaiser has been reaping kudos as a pioneering pillar of avant-garde guitar; in fact, that label has been in place so long it’s hard to tell what (if anything) it still means. Kaiser has never been afraid of electronics or of musical noise–sound for sound’s sake–but […]

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My Soul to Keep

MY SOUL TO KEEP Footsteps Theatre Company Frankly, my feelings about Footsteps Theatre Company’s production of Vita Dennis’s My Soul to Keep are torn. On the one hand, I can’t help but praise Dennis (a Footsteps founder) for her honesty and courage in writing and acting in a play about surviving childhood sexual abuse. The […]

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Department of Incorrect Critics

To the editors: Laura Molzahn’s busy-busy, over-stuffed reviews of dance events in the Reader are hardly perceptive. Her “hasn’t worn well” judgement of the Joffrey Ballet’s Trinity [March 23], which large audiences cheered recently in the Auditorium, is hardly correct. So she didn’t like it, because she is myopic about dance other than the pretentious […]

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Stoltzman/Goode/Stoltzman Trio

When husband and wife clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and violinist Lucy Chapman Stoltzman performed on a Chamber Music Chicago program of frivolous Keith Jarrett chamber music in 1987 (that turned out to be largely an ego trip for Jarrett), an otherwise unbearable evening was made tolerable by the couple’s musical sensitivity. The extraordinary team has been […]

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Beyond the Myths

To the editors: I’ve read many articles regarding the Palestinian-Israeli situation but few have been as balanced as Kitry Krause’s Reader article [“Enemies,” March 23]. Perhaps she was inspired by the fairness and intelligence of her subjects who are to be respected for their ability to step beyond the historical myths and experiences of their […]

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Temper Tantrum

To the editors: Unfortunately, the opportunity to review a theatre piece sometimes produces a critical performance which overshadows the artistic performance of the players. Such may be the case for many who both saw La Nik a Wet (Dreiske Performance Company Theatre, March 3) and read Justin Hayford’s shrill, non-stop temper tantrum, which seems to […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve heard that during times of heavy demand, natural gas suppliers compensate by introducing an inert, nonflammable gas just to keep the seals tight and the pressure steady. Is this true? Do we pay natural gas prices for the substitute stuff? Your home meter doesn’t know the difference! –Jack Ballard, Springfield, Virginia Cecil is not […]

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David Lindsey

Here’s good news for those doubters who fear for the future of homegrown Chicago blues: guitarist David Lindsey, the west-side-born-and-bred son of local blues legend Big Bad Ben, is beginning to make himself known to a wider audience. Lindsey’s been featured for several years at clubs like Mister Tee’s (at Lake and Saint Louis), and […]