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William Clarke

California’s William Clarke has become one of the most rapidly rising stars in the new generation of blues musicians. He perfected his shimmering, wide-chorded harp playing studying with the late Harmonica George Smith, and Smith’s distinctive eclecticism is evident everywhere in Clarke’s approach: on a straight-ahead shuffle he bends notes with the raucous abandon of […]

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Love Among the Lettuce

DAVID PUSZH DANCE COMPANY AND HEARSAY at the Weinstein Center for the Performing Arts June 21 and 22 Whether you believe musical theater is entirely moribund or the most vital and accessible performance form in America, your position is supported by The Ballad of Etta Blue, an original one-act musical by Cheri Coons and Eric […]

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Urs Leimgruber Trio

Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber–definitely not a household name (not even in my household)–offers two quite different but related approaches to his music. When he plays unaccompanied, he concentrates on repetitive, scientific investigations of the instrument’s capabilities: like Roscoe Mitchell, he uses overtones, multiphonics, and an exquisite control over the instrument’s most difficult expanses to create entrancing […]

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Temperamental Genius

ALFRED EISENSTAEDT at Circle Gallery Alfred Eisenstaedt, still working at 92, uses the bare minimum of equipment. Advances in technology since his first professional assignment, in 1929, haven’t lured him away from what’s most important to a good photographer: the eye to see and the ability to react quickly. Perhaps Eisenstaedt’s methodology contributes to his […]

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The Straight Dope

When eating ice cream and sno-cones too fast I often get a “cold headache.” What causes this? What would happen if you kept chowing down on those frozen treats? –Chuck Nevitt, Dallas The standard medical term for this phenomenon is “ice cream headache”–an expression so clear and comprehensible it obviously was settled on by mistake. […]

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I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH at the Second City E.T.C. Jeff Garlin’s one-man show, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, begins with perhaps the most genuinely nontheatrical opening I’ve seen. The lights come up–to “reveal” the empty stage we’ve been looking at since we sat down. Then Garlin walks casually onstage, dressed […]

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The City File

How many bikers’ hospital bills would you like to pay? Only one-third of Illinois motorcyclists wear helmets, and the state Department of Public Aid thinks there oughta be a law. “Unhelmeted motorcyclists have three times as many head injuries….The University of Illinois at Chicago reports that acute health care costs for the 5,484 injured motorcyclists […]