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Fun With Architecture

To the editors: I share James Krohe Jr.’s concern regarding the social responsibility of architecture [“Designing a Better World , ” August 141, so I wonder in the name of who or what is he taking such offense at our work at the Des Plaines adult day-care center. He charges that we “might have asked […]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY Wisdom Bridge Theatre Viewed from a distance, Oscar Wilde’s novel can seem a dated portrait of narcissism run amok. The title character of The Picture of Dorian Gray is an exotic, a beautiful youth who finds himself slowly corrupted by three influences–a book by Huysmans, a portrait painted by his […]

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Most Disgusting People

CONTROL FREAKS Center Theater WOMANDINGO City Lit Theater Company at Victory Gardens Studio Theater A desperate cry for help lies under the flip, flaky surface of Beth Henley’s new black comedy, Control Freaks. More freakish than controlled at this point, Henley’s portrait of a depraved family veers uncertainly between humor and horror; the script’s deliberately […]

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Betrayed by WFMT

To the editors: Regrettably, your interview with William McCarter (September 4) only touches lightly on WFMT’s continuing shortcomings for listeners of long standing. As Bryan Miller notes and McCarter acknowledges, many of us did feel betrayed by a fund-raising effort that promised to maintain the station’s standards, only to quickly resort to “canned” commercial messages […]

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London Jazz Composers’ Orchestra

It’s called a composers’ orchestra, but a principal attraction of this 17-piece crew is its terrific soloists. About two decades ago, when Europe was getting into its jazz renaissance, London was home to a group of extraordinary players who took the discoveries of the free-jazz revolution to logical and illogical extremes. Bassist-composer Barry Guy, a […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The eighth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, continues from Friday, October 2, through Monday, October 5. Film and video screenings will be held at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at the Univ. of Chicago Noyes Hall, […]

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Duck, Duck, Goose

When she performs her monologues Marcia Wilkie has an enduring girl-next-door quality–not the sweet, pink-ruffles type of girl, but the goofy one who always made everyone laugh and never seemed to care about boys. Duck, Duck, Goose, a collection of sketches from her past shows Close-at-Hand and Hers, showcases intelligently chosen pieces centered on a […]

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Lovie Lee

Pianist Lovie Lee is best known as Muddy Waters’s last keyboard man, and that’s probably unfortunate–his sparse, glissando-laden style, more evocative than propulsive and too often dependent on a predictable repertoire of trademark flourishes and patterns, didn’t lend itself well to Waters’s driving deep-blues impetus. On his own, though, Lee is a suprisingly versatile purveyor […]

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Newberry Consort

The art of improvisation, which we associate with jazz musicians nowadays, first flourished in late-16th-century Italy. Like scat singers who embellish classic melodies with idiosyncratic flair, performers back then added decorative effects to favorite madrigals and the like in a show of florid virtuosity. The most adroit among them knew how to elaborate without disturbing […]

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The Road to Overload

NORTH ON EVERS *** (A must-see) Directed and written by James Benning. A good many of the fine points of the film business elude me. But if I understand some of the current rules correctly, it’s poison to use black-and-white cinematography, letterboxing (for framing wide-screen formats on video), or subtitles–unless they appear in music videos […]

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Mingus Dynasty

The music lives. Mingus Dynasty evolved out of a tribute concert held in 1979, just weeks after the death of bassist and composer Charles Mingus, and quickly grew into a going concern: a pool of his former sidemen from which six- and seven-piece groups could be plucked to perform his complex yet achingly pure music. […]

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Rova

Of all instruments it’s the saxophone that most closely resembles the human voice–with a potential only hinted at in the wailings of jazz players stuck in four-four time. Given this, it’s odd that the possibilities of the all-saxophone choir went relatively uninvestigated for so long. That a saxophone quartet like Rova can be so constantly […]