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Eddie Kirkland

Jamaica-born, Alabama-bred Eddie Kirkland is a Detroit legend, having accompanied John Lee Hooker in the late 40s and early 50s and then gone on to make a name for himself as a flamboyant soul-and-blues shouter with such R & B greats as King Curtis and, briefly, Otis Redding. But no mere biographical sketch can do […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The sixth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival continues from Friday, October 5, through Sunday, October 7. Film screenings will be held at the Three Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; and at the Roberto Clemente High School auditorium, 1147 N. Western. Ticket prices per program are […]

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Ran Blake/Myra Melford

Ran Blake’s piano solos still strike me as music’s answer to recombinant DNA. Blake, who is a genuine iconoclast among the world’s artists, answers to no single bell and marches to every drummer he can find: in improvising upon a famous or obscure song, he tends to first de-compose the tune–chipping its corners, flaying its […]

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Red Desert

Michelangelo Antonioni’s first feature in color (1964) remains a watermark for using colors creatively, expressionistically, and beautifully; to get the precise hues he wanted, Antonioni had entire fields painted. A newly struck and restored print of the film makes clear why audiences were so excited a quarter of a century ago by his innovations, which […]

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Parting Gestures/Salome/Stone

PARTING GESTURES Latino Chicago Theater Company SALOME and STONE Live Theatre In his biography of Oscar Wilde, Richard Ellmann tells of a dinner party in Paris at which Remy de Gourmont interrupted a story Wilde was telling about Salome to correct him. “You have confused two Salomes,” Gourmont chided. “One was the daughter of Herod, […]

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The Sports Section

It was a beautiful day for a wake–and for a birthday, our friend Neil (now and forevermore 39) reminded us as we drove down to Comiskey Park last Sunday morning. There wasn’t a cloud in the pale blue sky, only a certain cool slant to the sunlight, reminiscent of college football games. On the way, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A federal fish-and-game office in southern California is considering a proposal to junk soon-to-be-obsolete five-gallons-per-flush toilets, which would badly clutter available landfills, by creating toilet-bowl reefs offshore. (An illegal toilet reef in Santa Monica Bay has become a haven for huge oyster beds.) In July a Palm Beach County (Florida) commissioner proposed getting […]

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The Reluctant Dragon

THE RELUCTANT DRAGON Lifeline Theatre Children’s plays tend to be awfully precious and stuffy. They seem aimed not at children, but at some adult notion of what children are like–sentimental, romantic, and literate. The Reluctant Dragon might have been one of those plays. Adapted from a story by Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind […]

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Los Pleneros de la 21

It doesn’t take the world’s most expert ear to hear in the music of Los Pleneros de la 21 something rich and important. Los Pleneros play bomba and plena, the fast, percussive styles of ensemble folk music from the coastal towns of Puerto Rico that exist in interesting opposition to the somewhat more stately and […]