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Pat’s Platform

PAT’S PLATFORM at Club Lower Links There’s a trend among local performance artists to curate cabaret “revue” shows–usually overly long programs held together by the thinnest of themes. And there’s a trend at Club Lower Links to designate Wednesday night as a kind of new-talent or experimental slot. Both tend to give performers, especially younger […]

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Field & Street

Our new, improved methods of surveying are already paying off at Somme Woods. Somme is a Cook County forest preserve in Northbrook where a group of volunteers I’m part of has been carrying on a census of nesting birds for the past several years. Last year we identified 33 species as probable nesters, and we […]

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Intoxication

INTOXICATION Intimate Theatre at the Swedish American Museum Center There are many ways to dishonor the dead. Some push over gravestones. Others spread lies that the dead are helpless to correct. The folks at Intimate Theatre have chosen a very direct route. They have taken the lesser work of a great playwright and performed it […]

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The Rhino’s Policeman

THE RHINO’S POLICEMAN Northlight Theatre In one of this play’s more ironic moments a game warden confesses that he illegally used the ivory confiscated from poachers to buy better rifles with which to hunt poachers. It’s one of many contradictions explored in Rick Cleveland’s eye-opening, richly detailed The Rhino’s Policeman, premiering at Northlight Theatre. Based […]

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Joel Futterman

Is Joel Futterman the Sherlock Holmes of jazz piano? On the face of it, he’s one of our most romantic players, devoted to free, fanciful melody. In his heart, though, he’s a tenacious improviser, who’s absorbed all of jazz’s rhythmic-harmonic innovations of the last 30-odd years and who’s determined to pursue his musical investigations to […]

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Kid Purple

KID PURPLE Poison Nut Productions at Rudely Elegant Theater and Gallery There’s nothing special about Poison Nut Productions’ Kid Purple, but nothing awful either. The comedy hits a certain comfort level and never ventures beyond it. The players perform competently, never either distinguishing or embarrassing themselves. Kid Purple is your average theater experience–except for the […]

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Joe Schlump’s Nightmare

It was a typical Monday morning in the life of the legendary Joe Schlump, Super Patronage Worker. It started as it always did, with coffee and doughnuts at Marshall Field. Then he’d head over to Weenie’s for a chili dog before stopping in at the deli for some matzo ball soup. Then it would be […]

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The Promise

THE PROMISE Diaghilev Theatre Company at the Preston Bradley Community Center It’s the notorious winter of 1942 in Leningrad. Lika, a 15-year-old temporary war orphan, is hiding out in an abandoned apartment. Her mother is a doctor working at the front, and her nanny was killed when a bomb destroyed their home. In walks a […]

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Market Incentives

To the editors: I see Jae-Ha Kim’s byline in the Chicago Sun-Times and Rolling Stone, hear her voice every week on Johnny B’s radio show and see her occasionally on television. I see Bill Wyman writing about her. Go figure. I buy the Sun-Times because Kim is a clever writer who doesn’t talk down to […]

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Souls in Transit

RISA SEKIGUCHI: RECENT PAINTINGS at the Chicago Cultural Center Who has twisted us around like this, so that / no matter what we do, we are in the posture / of someone going away? Just as, upon / the farthest hill, which shows him his whole valley / one last time, he turns, stops, lingers–, […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Since 1988 photographer Kathy Richalnd, a frequent contributor to these pages, has been photographing refugees, homeless people, and others served by Travelers & Immigrants Aid of Chicago. Twenty-six of her photos have been collected into a show that’s touring the city this spring and summer: Right now (and through April 30) it’s hanging at the […]

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Directors Festival 1992

Bailiwick Repertorys Directors Festival 1992, produced by Cecilie Keenan, offers productions ranging from plays and musicals to performance art and monologues; some are well-established classic and contemporary selections, while others are brand-new pieces. They’re mounted by a slew of directors, most of them little known, who are looking for an avenue to showcase their work […]

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Farmland Folly

To the editors: Robert Heuer’s March 27 article on agricultural land conversion offers convincing evidence that many of our region’s most fertile crop lands are at risk for future use in agriculture. Notwithstanding the generous incomes obtainable through trading agricultural commodities, the crops that provide much of our food and most of Illinois’ exports can […]

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An Uncommon Woman

SHIRLEY GIRL! Cheryl Trykv at Live Bait Theater Most obvious about Cheryl Trykv’s Shirley Girl!, playing late nights at Live Bait Theater, is its hipness. Trykv is cool, clever, and cute. But Shirley Girl! does more than strut: it reveals Trykv as a writer of uncommon talent. And as a performer willing to take the […]