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Posted inArts & Culture

The Ghost in the Machine

CHICAGO MOVING COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College January 4,5,11, and 12 Though music is essential to dance–even works performed in silence use musical principles–it’s not central. Dancegoers tend to focus on what they can see, on the body. But you might say that music is the ghost in the machine The four […]

Posted inNews & Politics

News of the Weird

Lead Story In October Mary Mead, the Republican candidate for governor in Wyoming, wrote a letter of apology to a group of county officials in Casper for having given them what she called a “boring” speech. “Even before I left,” she wrote, “I knew that my remarks had not served me well. Some days are […]

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Restoration Gossip

BRIEF LIVES Court Theatre In any era John Aubrey would have been a strange bird–bookish yet eager for company, a good and empathetic friend yet also a compulsive collector and repeater of vicious gossip. However, Aubrey lived through some of the most interesting events in English history: the English Civil Wars, the overthrow of the […]

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Economy Carmen

CARMEN Lyric Opera Opera companies in Chicago have often had trouble surviving. The Civic Opera fell victim to economic Darwinism during the Depression. Later, during the latter part of the tenure of the late Carol Fox, Lyric managed to get itself into enough financial trouble that at one point in the early 80s the season […]

Posted inMusic


The last time the Slugs played Schubas, everything came together–the natural warmth of the room, with its ornate wood proscenium; the good-natured friendliness of the typical Slugs crowd; and the band itself, an almost casually proficient threesome. Leader Dag Juhlin has a lanky, offhand charisma, and the band–with brother Gregg on bass and Mike Halston […]

Posted inFilm

Sex Is Difficult

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS *** (A must-see) Directed by Tim Burton Written by Burton and Caroline Thompson With Johnny Depp, Dianne Wiest, Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, and Anthony Michael Hall. Although nostalgia for childhood, particularly boyhood, underpins many a Hollywood extravaganza, that longing is not usually loosed with any emotional restraint. Perhaps that […]