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Where the Noise Is

A guide to something happening all around you. Fantastic Fanzine Intense, confessional, edited by Riot Girl D.C. organizer Erika Reinstein, with contributions from Riot Girl D.C. Issue number one declares: “The fact that I am alive is a Riot, a hah hah fucking Riot. You can abuse me but I’ll still be here, and I […]

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Querencia

QUERENCIA Bottom of Your Shoe Theatre Collective at the Curious Theatre Branch Columbus bashing has been fashionable for so long that this year, the 500th anniversary of his having stumbled upon the Caribbean, it’s become almost passe. But in Querencia (meaning “longing” in Spanish, but pronounced by the Bottom of Your Shoe troupe more like […]

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Leander Stillwell

LEANDER STILLWELL Stage Left Theatre Inspired by the wartime memoirs of an Illinois farm boy, Leander Stillwell, turned Union soldier, Chicago playwright David Rush has crafted a play that offers a compelling and very authentic-seeming grunt’s-eye view of the Civil War. We see re-created before our eyes all the highs and lows of that terrible, […]

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Big Goddess Pow Wow II

Extreme estrogen exposure guaranteed: Hot babes of all shapes, sizes, sexual orientations, and performance styles will dominate the Metro stage this Saturday when Big Goddess Pow Wow II comes looking for converts. Originally staged as an all-girl show at the Edge of the Lookingglass in 1989, it sprang from the head of performance artist/actor Paula […]

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Records

LONESOME IN MY BEDROOM Luther Johnson Evidence ECD 26005 SWEET HOME CHICAGO Lonnie Brooks Evidence ECD 26001 Luther “Snake” Johnson was a Georgia-born guitarist who made a name for himself in the mid- to late-60s as Muddy Waters’s guitarist. After leaving Muddy, he settled in Boston and led his own band for a time in […]

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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

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 […]