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Darling I’m Telling You

DARLING I’M TELLING YOU Raven Theatre A spotlight comes up on an actress center stage, her back to the audience, perched atop a set of stairs. Dramatic music builds. She spins, locks eyes with the audience, charges down the stairs–and trips. This was the unfortunate first moment in “Darling I’m Telling You,” one of the […]

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Aural Sculpture

DONALD LIPSKI: THE BELLS at the Museum of Contemporary Art In the early 80s Chicago-born sculptor Donald Lipski began creating poetic juxtapositions of found materials. His strategies were simple. He combined such objects as shoes, pails, flags, light bulbs, books, and airplane propellers by tying, wrapping, or gluing them together with incongruous materials–wire, wax, string, […]

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Field & Street

Our suspicion is that black-crowned night herons have been nesting along the North Shore Channel. This bird is on the endangered list in Illinois. We have three known colonies around Chicago: Lake Calumet, Lake Renwick near Plainfield, and Baker’s Lake in Barrington. There are two other colonies along the Illinois River south of Peoria and […]

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Reel People: Russ Meyer breast fest

This is the one question we wanted to ask Russ Meyer: Why is the violence in some of your movies handled either morally (Mudhoney) or relatively amusingly (Up!) but in others (Lorna) rather revoltingly? How could the man who made the brilliantly subversive Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! turn around and make Supervixons, one of the […]

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Joe Henry

Joe Henry is one of those troubadour types–Steve Forbert, John Hiatt, and Bill Morrissey are others–who get great reviews and in some cases parlay those into major-label deals, but still somehow fail to connect with a paying audience. In the case of Henry, back on an indie after two nonselling A&M albums, you can to […]

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Lefty Dizz

Best known as the wild-acting “Clown Prince of the Blues,” Lefty Dizz plays one-handed guitar, fires off thunderous blasts of distortion, and gyrates and mugs his way through novelties and blues classics with equal flamboyance. What’s easy to overlook is the accomplishment beneath the flash. Dizz is in full command of a wide variety of […]

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Fallen Angel

FALLEN ANGEL at the Halsted Theatre Centre The rock and roll world is packed to overflowing with semitalented songwriters just aching to sell out–if only they could find someone to buy. They form bands by the hundreds, usually with friends from school, to play their songs in crummy little clubs in hopes that someone will […]

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Oriana Singers

The amiable Oriana Singers, with their nicely schooled voices, are not squeamish about experimenting with new ways of presenting their rather extensive repertoire. They clearly impressed the judges at an international vocal-ensemble competition in Stuttgart in June, for they were awarded a well-deserved prize. They are now back and giving two free concerts, sponsored by […]

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American Spanish Dance Festival

AMERICAN SPANISH DANCE FESTIVAL at Northeastern Illinois University July 10-12 and 17-19 The American Spanish Dance Festival is an annual event sponsored by the Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University. This year the festival, which has been seminal in introducing Chicago audiences to many of the most important national and […]

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Family Rozhdestvensky

The Rozhdestvenskys are fast emerging as Russia’s most prominent musical family. The father, Gennady, son of a well-known Moscovite maestro and singer, joined the Bolshoi Theatre as conductor in 1953 at age 22 and oversaw a number of important premieres. A skilled practitioner of politics and the recipient of the Lenin prize, he became, in […]

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Haiku Dancer

STEVE PAXTON at Link’s Hall July 10, 17, and 18 The poet Gary Snyder has said that one of the pleasures of reading poetry is learning the shape of another person’s mind. In Snyder’s poetry, and much modern American poetry, the poet’s drive to eliminate all emotional excess and manipulation can result in a kind […]

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Star Power

MY THING OF LOVE Steppenwolf Theatre Company Adultery is the subject of Alexandra Gersten’s play My Thing of Love, set in the present in south-suburban Evergreen Park, and the torrent of emotions released when Elly (Laurie Metcalf) discovers her husband of 12 years, Jack (Tom Irwin), has taken a young lover pretty much carries the […]