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High Fiber

STRETCHING OUR ROOTS at the Textile Arts Centre Appropriately, the Textile Arts Centre has opened the new season with a show that draws attention to contemporary fiber artists’ diverse processes and ideas. After all, pluralism is no stranger to the textile arts, which have long embraced styles ranging from the abstract to the figurative, and […]

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Dave McKenna

Certain jazz musicians display an essential command of their instruments that verges on symbiosis: above and beyond the concerns of their art, their grasp of their instruments’ natures leads to the exclamation “Oh, that’s how it should be played!” Solo pianist Dave McKenna fits this category. Melodically and formally, McKenna’s strengths lie in the elevation […]

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SANTIAGO Latino Chicago Theater Company Santiago is what not-for-profit theater should be about. The Latino Chicago Theater Company’s production of Manuel Pereiras Garcia’s tremendously difficult play rarely comes entirely into focus. It’s an evening full of loose ends and inconsistent choices. But the material that director Juan A. Ramirez and his cast of six have […]

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Polish Film Festival

The Polish Film Festival, which is being presented by the Art Institute’s Film Center and the Polish Museum of America, continues from Friday, September 25, through Monday, September 28. Screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and at the Film Center, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Tickets are $5. For more information call […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In May Dr. Charles G. Moertel of the Mayo Clinic called “unconscionable” what he found from a study of the drug levamisole, the first effective medicine for colon cancer. According to Moertel, Johnson & Johnson, which developed the drug in the 1960s, charges $1,495 for the amount needed to treat a person for […]

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The Circus of Dr. Lao

THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO Next Theatre Company Charles G. Finney’s 1935 novel The Circus of Dr. Lao is about magic. Not silly, la-la magic, not the phony stuff Ringling Brothers manufactures, but the stuff you wish the circus had–odd, unnerving magic that’s sickeningly real. Finney, who was an infantryman in China in the 1920s, […]

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Robert Redford plays a 60s radical hired to penetrate and test security systems with an eccentric team of experts–including a CIA veteran (Sidney Poitier), a computer whiz (River Phoenix), a gadget man (Dan Aykroyd), and a blind audio expert (David Strathairn). Forced to participate in a covert operation, they wind up enlisting the hero’s former […]

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McCarter’s Hot Air

To the editors: I want to commend Bryan Miller for her recent cover interview with William McCarter (September 4). Not only were her questions pertinent, but she also followed through and did not merely accept McCarter’s attempts at clouding the issues. Miller also deserves kudos simply for enduring the unbearable rush of hot air that […]

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Bono saved from drowning

Just where does the Zoo TV Outside Broadcast Tour come from? Nothing U2 has ever done–nothing any rock group has ever done–prepares one for how gripping it is as music, how compelling it is as theater, how apropos it is as pop artifact, and how knowing it is about the culture. It takes all the […]

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Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams

URBAN SCENES/CREOLE DREAMS David Rousseve/Reality at the Blackstone Theatre September 18 and 19 I don’t know what to do with Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams. It’s too big to ignore, too well-meaning to write off. Blessed with a large, talented cast, it stands head and shoulders above most other “entertainments,” yet it doesn’t quite accomplish what it […]