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News of the Weird

Lead Story In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in October, Myron C. Ragan filed a lawsuit against the estate of his late psychologist, John M. Farley, who committed suicide in 1989. Ragan said that Dr. Farley let him down by killing himself while Ragan still needed help, or at least by not showing the professionalism to refer […]

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The Fairy Garden/Stolen Moments

THE FAIRY GARDEN Quando Productions at Sheffield’s School Street Cafe STOLEN MOMENTS Talisman Theatre at Sheffield’s School Street Cafe Novice playwrights are often encouraged to forget about plot and focus on characterization. Plot, after all, is merely the footprints left behind by interesting characters. Plot will take care of itself. Harry Kondoleon takes this advice […]

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From the Second City

FROM THE SECOND CITY Court Theatre When I was a kid, there was something almost mythical about Second City. My mom would listen to The Midnight Special on WFMT and we’d laugh at Alan Arkin wailing “Tiger, Tiger, burning bright” as a folk song or Severn Darden expounding upon the life of Oedipus Rex. You’d […]

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

A fascinating postmortem on the making of Francis Coppola’s 1979 Apocalypse Now, mainly consisting of footage shot by Eleanor Coppola in the 7Os that has been intelligently selected, augmented, and arranged by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper. Like the Coppola film itself, this documentary at times seems to value self-styled profundity and rhetoric over observation […]

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Ice Cream Men With Smokey Smothers & Jimmy Lee Robinson

It’s nice to know there’s still room for low-key, tasteful presentations like this one in today’s frenetic blues environment. The Ice Cream Men, featuring WBEZ blues deejay Steve Cushing on drums, are an earnest group of young aficionados dedicated to preserving traditional Chicago blues and showcasing the living representatives of that legacy. Smokey Smothers, an […]