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American Women Composers–Midwest

As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s composer-in-residence and the host of a new-music program on WFMT, Shulamit Ran has become one of the biggest boosters of local composers and players. At this rcital marking the tenth anniversary of the midwestern chapter of American Women Composers, the favor is returned. Ran’s performing colleagues will introduce two of […]

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Viewed from the consumer standpoint, Lollapalooza ’92 was one of those bargains with a downside. Financially speaking, of course, it was a deal. For roughly $30 you got a lineup of unquestioned value: the British band Lush, masters of the gorgeous feedbacky guitar wash; demistars Pearl Jam; Ur-noisemakers the Jesus and Mary Chain; Seattle phenom […]

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Field & Street

Some observations for the end of a very cool August: Last weekend, as a suitable finale to our chilly summer, the Rare Bird Alert reported a possible sighting of a black-backed woodpecker in Lake Forest. The black-backed is a bird of the boreal forest rarely seen even as far south as Green Bay. There have […]

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POST ACUTE WITHDRAWAL Stuart Allen and Valorie Hubbard at Latino Chicago August 23 and 25 Post Acute Withdrawal says all the right things. This evening of short performance pieces treats a number of hot topics–AIDS, drug addiction, homophobia, sexual alienation–with candor, explicit language, and a good deal of humor. Stuart Allen and Valorie Hubbard take […]

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Made in America

JAZZ DANCE WORLD CONGRESS ’92 at Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University August 18-22 Virtuosity, speed, rhythm, sex, that’s jazz dance in a nutshell–though this formula doesn’t begin to capture its ethnic roots and distinctive American character. And if the Jazz Dance World Congress ’92 is any indication, young people worldwide are mastering the art of splitting […]

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H-Bomb Ferguson

H-Bomb Ferguson, with his bulging eyes, rainbow-colored fright wigs, and an elastic face that would’ve done Lon Chaney proud, is one of modern blues’s most outrageous showmen. But he’s much more than Cincinnati’s favorite–and strangest–son. Like Lefty Dizz and other great blues clowns Ferguson wails his songs from the heart. While he’s no great technician–his […]

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Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio

Like other aging rockers who hunger for approval from the musical establishment, Paul McCartney attempted to move into the classical realm. However, his foray was only a qualified success. A prodigious tunesmith with an ear for hummable melodies, the ex-Beatle knows how to captivate. But in collaboration with movie-score composer Carl Davis, he fashioned a […]

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Back Talk

To the editors: I have always enjoyed the Reader, but was very angered by your article on Naomi Wolf’s recent talk about her book, The Beauty Myth [Our Town, August 14]. You did not give her talk the seriousness which it deserves. Instead, you spent an inordinate amount of space describing what Ms. Wolf looked […]

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Paul McCandless Quintet

Long respected for his work in the group Oregon–where his unexpected oboe, and later his bass clarinet, quickly became that quartet’s most identifiable sound–Paul McCandless has finally put together a working band for his own music. That his own music sometimes echoes Oregon’s will come as no surprise. But McCandless also draws upon the Pat […]

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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros–author of Bad Boys, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, and Woman Hollering Creek and recipient of a Lannan Foundation literary award, a lecture appointment at UC-Berkeley, and two NEA Fellowships–grew up on Mango Street, way up in the northwest corner of Chicago. The House on Mango Street, which earned its author a Before Columbus American […]

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Cheap Ticket

“You’ll never sell it.” My brother’s chuckle sounded too loud in my ear. “Who’d want to go to Cleveland?” That’s all I remember about the conversation, even though I know we talked about things besides the airplane ticket I’d bought before the family get-together shifted to a different weekend. “Of course I can sell it,” […]

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The Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This showcase of avant-garde theater in Chicago is coordinated by Scott Turner, Valerie Turner, Jim Krulish, and John Oartel–with a bow to Salvador Dali, whose use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big) inspired the event’s name. It runs through August 30 at four venues: Latino Chicago Theater Company (the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen); […]