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B.B. King, Etta James, Buddy Guy

A meeting of B.B. King and Buddy Guy–King’s impeccable musicianship and elegant sophistication paired with Guy’s gut-tearing intensity and pyrotechnic flash–would be major news in any event. But the addition of genuine R & B legend Etta James makes this show even more tantalizing. Since her first recordings for Modern in the mid-50s, she’s shown […]

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Little Man Tate

Jodie Foster’s highly distinctive directorial debut, scripted by Scott Frank (Dead Again), gives us the year in the life of a boy genius (Adam Hann-Byrd) between his seventh and eighth birthdays. Foster herself plays his devoted working-class mother, and Dianne Wiest plays a child psychologist and former gifted child who fights for control of the […]

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Medieval Soap Opera

THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN Newberry Consort at the Newberry Library October 5 Of course Wagner came up with the most famous and definitive version of the story of Tristan and Isolde’s doomed love–the one in which Isolde sings for more than 20 minutes before death transports her to the Valhalla for postsuicidal couples. But Wagner […]

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Mose Allison

Loitering at the intersection of New York jazz, southern blues, and cowboy philosophy, Mose Allison remains something of a cult figure. But then what would you expect from a pianist who made some of his first recordings with Stan Getz, scored one of his biggest hits singing a tune by Willie Dixon, and writes a […]

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The Heidi Chronicles/Voids of Passage: Puberty Rites of the 60’s

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES National Jewish Theater VOIDS OF PASSAGE: PUBERTY RITES OF THE 60’S at Sheffield’s School Street Cafe When Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles opened off-Broadway almost three years ago, it triggered an avalanche of articles and reviews, most of them concerned with how successfully Wasserstein had critiqued the baby boom in general and […]

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8 Bold Souls

8 Bold Souls is the most famous unknown band in America. They play mostly in tiny Chicago clubs, far from the center of the jazz world; nevertheless, when the Village Voice took a poll of jazz critics to determine the outstanding albums of the 1980s, 8 Bold Souls won second place–especially amazing considering the disc […]

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The Straight Dope

Star Trek episodes often refer to the “star date.” What exactly is a “star date”? How does it equate to our calendar? Or is it merely sitcom disinformation? –Evan Williams, Austin, Texas Details are for guys who get paid by the hour, sport. Star dates were among hundreds of unexplained terms thrown into Star Trek […]

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Jump for Joy

JUMP FOR JOY Pegasus Players Talk about your blast from the past. Jump for Joy, Pegasus Players’ compilation of Duke Ellington music and dance, is a palpable labor of love (at a cost of $150,000). Pegasus has painstakingly recreated Ellington’s “lost” 1941 revue of the same name. But this all-too-retro staging reveals–more than it comes […]

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The City File

“A breathtaking and serene piece of architecture which exudes the total integration of structure with the original architectural concepts”–that’s how the awards jury of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois sees 181 W. Madison, which it named the “best structure” of 1991. According to the SEAOI Bulletin (September), the 50-story tower is “the tallest combination […]