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The Last Command

Josef von Sternberg’s first encounter with Emil Jannings, which led to their collaboration on The Blue Angel two years later, was in this late silent Hollywood masterpiece about a Russian general (Jannings) reduced to the status of a Hollywood extra in a film about the Russian Revolution. Lajos Biros wrote the story, Jannings’s performance here […]

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Now It Can Be Told

They’re opening up the archives. At last. At last! And it’s all there just as we thought. All those secrets they’ve been keeping from us. Now for the headlines… KENNEDY PLOT OUT! And the two-hour television special… “This is Connie Chung live from CIA headquarters in Langley.” The interview with Jackie… “Yes, I knew about […]

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Lucy Loves Me

LUCY LOVES ME Latino Chicago Theater Company Migdalia Cruz’s Lucy Loves Me is raucous with characters who are characters, bringing together an oddball threesome from the dark side of New York. Milton Ayala is a shy stutterer with a penchant for violent fantasies, a lonely Puerto Rican transvestite and devoted fan of Lucille Ball; nightly […]

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Bill Morrissey

Bill Morrissey doesn’t play Old Folk, but he doesn’t play anything like New Folk either; he’s just a youthful modern troubador who goes from town to town telling his tales, dependent on the kindness of strangers to keep doing what he does. None of this is anything noble, and if you don’t listen closely he […]

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Mojo Buford

Harpist Mojo Buford is best known as Muddy Waters’s last regular harmonica man and longtime understudy, but he’s also a well-respected blues veteran in his own right. He got his start in Chicago in the 1950s, filling in for his mentor at Smitty’s Corner at 35th and Indiana when Waters went on the road. Eventually […]

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Ronnie Earl

Since his early days with Roomful of Blues, guitarist Ronnie Earl has been known as a fleet-fingered and tasteful player, capable of the rawest Chicago minimalism as well as the jazzy swing that characterized Roomful’s sound. The music he’s made since breaking away from that band has exceeded even the most exalted expectations. Beneath Earl’s […]

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David Murray Octet

In the early 80s David Murray brightened the jazz world with his octet, a hot little big band featuring clever arrangements and ingenious interpreters, so it’s promising news that he’s touring with a new octet in 1992. While Murray’s composing doesn’t quite sound like that of the late, volatile Charles Mingus, he does share a […]

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The Sports Section

The delightful spring weather, the noon starting time, and the appearance of one of the best teams in the league as visitors to Chicago Stadium all combined to give last Sunday’s Bulls game a playoff feel. It was about time. The long National Basketball Association schedule had begun to wear noticeably on the Bulls. Where […]

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Barenboim’s Magnificent Obsession

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Orchestra Hall February 13 and 15 When Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte wrote their trilogy of great operas they didn’t have fashion shows in mind. But the back-to-back presentations of these operas last month by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra might have led one to believe otherwise. The ambitious opera […]

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Radical Sex

NUCLEODANZA at the Dance Center of Columbia College February 27-29 A woman in a lavender gown seems painted on the wall of a rather mundane apartment: facing us but with her head turned in profile she leans impossibly, away from the multipaned window toward an empty picture frame; a rickety table with an iron on […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A London firm recently began marketing cigarettes under the brand name “Death.” Said firm director B.J. Cunningham, “I’m being honest. I am selling death.” Every package features a skull and crossbones and this warning: “Cigarettes are addictive and debilitating. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you smoke, quit.” Cunningham, a heavy smoker, […]