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Otis Rush

The career of Otis Rush has been on of the most varied and emotionally wrenching in all of modern blues. Rush’s early sides for Cobra (“Double Trouble,” “All Your Love”) had a tormented intensity that recalled the poetic writhings of Robert Johnson; his later output was somewhat less exciting, but at his best (“So Many […]

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Dr. John

One of the most delightful things about Dr. John is the way he combines rowdiness with an encyclopedic knowledge and respect for New Orleans R & B and blues tradition. His show is a flamboyant pastiche of savory tidbits ranging from Crescent City classics by the likes of James Booker and Professor Longhair to Tin […]

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Reflections of Russia

CONCERTANTE DI CHICAGO at DePaul University Concert Hall March 15 Music in what used to be the Soviet Union often served as a barometer of the national mood: exhilaration after the 1917 revolution followed by attacks against “bourgeois” art; official propaganda punctuated by bouts of patriotism during the Stalin era; hints of dissent during the […]

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The Private Eyes

The biggest hit of Hong Kong comedy star and director Michael Hui is also considered his best movie, or his next best (after Security Unlimited), by many fans and critics. Having seen an unsubtitled print of this episodic comedy, I can only say that I still laughed a lot at the frenetic slapstick and rapid-fire […]

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The Unofficial Messiah

‘SHUA Marbleworks Theatre at Niles College Seminary The search for the historical Jesus–the flesh-and-blood man behind the Bible stories–is a frustrating one. Except for a few passing mentions of Jesus by Roman chroniclers, virtually everything we know about the man comes from the gospels, which aren’t reliable as historical sources. That means scholars must do […]

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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

In both Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghofer, Bay Area composer John Adams and librettist Alice Kahn turned front-page events into meditations on conflicting ideologies and cultural values. Peter Sellars’s Kabuki-meet-CNN stagings of them may have come under a lot of criticism, but few reviewers found fault with Adams’s hip, hypnotic scores. If […]

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All Souls Day

ALL SOULS DAY Lookingglass Theatre Company at Chicago Filmmakers By Maura Troester It’s impossible to say how many young Catholic girls seriously considered marrying God when they grew up. I know I did, and I think my cousin did too. I gave up the notion around the time I entered high school, and I’m pretty […]

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Transcending Technique

JOSEPH HOLMES CHICAGO DANCE THEATRE at the Civic Opera House March 11, 13, and 14 Sometimes it seems that the more aware you are of a dancer’s technique, the less room there is for feeling. It may be that physical control doesn’t jibe with our ideas of emotional abandon, or that excessive control makes us […]

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The Sports Section

Landon “Sonny” Cox fell to his knees, no doubt for the first time since a childhood Sunday school class. It was beyond belief, but then again so was King’s 76-75 victory over Marshall in the Public League basketball semifinals at the UIC Pavilion. In the end, however, King found that miracles served a team no […]