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Anonymous Museum

Prior to the opening of the Anonymous Museum, the board of directors decided to remove all of the art they had set out because they wanted visitors on opening night to visualize all the possibilities of the 8,000-square-foot loft. So last Friday the museum debuted looking unoccupied, ripe for open minds. There was a table […]

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Odd Man Out

Near North alderman Burt Natarus is an angry man, which is why he drove ten miles to the far northwest side one evening last week to harangue a tiny gathering of people from other parts of town. The scene was a poorly attended public hearing on the ward remap, and Natarus’s animus was directed at […]

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Urszula Dudziak

Urszula Dudziak leads a band of robots. Where most groups feature a pianist, she uses a harmonizer to turn notes of her voice into full chords and an octave divider to extend her already impressive range of roughly five octaves. Instead of a drummer, she employs a digital-delay unit, with which she can overdub her […]

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Hi-Way slobbery: who blew the Boulevard Arts Center deal?

It was one of those can’t-lose community development opportunities urban planners dream about. Two groups of southwest-side activists–the Greater Southwest Development Corporation and the Boulevard Arts Center–had joined hands to transform the Hi-Way theater, a boarded-up, tax-delinquent, onetime X-rated movie house at 6315 S. Western, into an arts center. The center would benefit black and […]

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Nights of the Blue Rider

The 50-odd groups appearing in the eight-week “festival of Chicago’s international arts” include a dozen theater companies and performance artists; those performing November 21 through 24 are described below. These listings refer to theater and performance art offerings only; on nights when only one performance is listed here, be assured at least one other program […]

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Palombella Rosa

Perhaps the wildest comedy yet from Italian writer-director-actor Nanni Moretti, a European cult favorite here starring as a water-polo player and Communist politician suffering from amnesia. Interspersing clips from a TV screening of Doctor Zhivago and Moretti’s own Super-8 work from the 70s as well as cameo appearances by Raul Ruiz as a metaphysical priest, […]

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The Sports Section

Sunday The Bears don’t play until tomorrow night, but Mike Ditka is on with Johnny Morris anyway, broadcasting via remote from a hotel room in the Twin Cities, and I am preparing for the workweek by watching on my bedroom television. Ditka has been ragging on the Minnesota Vikings, tomorrow night’s opponent, all week long, […]

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Sally in a Dark Place

SALLY IN A DARK PLACE Prop Theatre and Eagle Mountain Productions Some fiction begs to be adapted for the stage. The rich dialogue and eccentric characters of Charles Dickens, for example, were created by a man who obviously loved the theater. Eudora Welty’s characters practically walk onto the stage under their own power. But Sally […]

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Ira Sullivan

When Ira Sullivan is in the right mood, he’s one of the very best living examples of the spontaneity and freedom that, to the romantic mind, used to characterize jazz. Trumpet, flugelhorn, peck horn, flute, saxophone–he’s found a unique bop style adapted to each one’s particular construction. On trumpet and tenor sax, his best instruments, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story At least 92 restaurants in Luoyang, China, were shut down in August after they were found by government inspectors to have been inserting opium pods and seeds into their dishes to addict customers to their food. Almost one ton of pods and seeds was confiscated. Officials became suspicious when they saw long lines […]