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Moye/Barefield/Wilkerson Trio

Unwieldy though it may be, the name of this trio tells the whole tale. In fact, it suggests context, likely themes, and a welter of plot possibilities for those already familiar with the individual work of percussionist Famoudou Don Moye, guitarist Spencer Barefield, and reedman Edward Wilkerson. All share a gratifyingly inclusive approach to modern […]

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The Sports Section

The All-Star break almost two-thirds of the way through the National Basketball Association’s regular season couldn’t have come soon enough for the Bulls, who have approached this entire “three-peat” thing as the most odious of tasks. It’s been as if they meant to twiddle their thumbs until the break passed and it became time to […]

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Breaking Up in Thailand

FARANG Ayun Halliday at the Neo-Futurarium, February 5-20 Halfway through her one-woman show Ayun Halliday reads aloud from a travel writer’s precious account of encountering a poisonous snake in Thailand. After dryly citing the passage she tosses the book aside and shouts, “This is nothing new!” She opens the Lonely Planet guide to read from […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Former U.S. diplomat Felix Bloch, the man suspected by the CIA of espionage while working at the U.S. embassy in Vienna in 1989, was arrested in January and charged with stealing $100 worth of groceries from a Harris Teeter grocery store in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bloch had embarked on a second career […]

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He Ran All the Way

John Garfield’s last film–made in 1951, shortly before its talented and neglected director, John Berry, was driven into European exile by the Hollywood blacklist and Garfield himself died of a heart attack at 39 (many believe because of related pressures)–is a fitting and powerful testament to the actor’s poignancy and power as a working-class punk. […]

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The Newlywed Game

PUDDIN ‘N PETE Goodman Studio Theatre MULATTO Stage Acting Studio at Shattered Globe Theatre Puddin is a well-spoken executive secretary with plans for a better future and a deep mistrust of men. Pete is a high school janitor with little education or guile but plenty of down-home country wisdom. Both these middle-aged people have had […]

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The Rainy Season/On Tidy Endings

THE RAINY SEASON Zebra Crossing Theatre at Chicago Dramatists Workshop The protagonist in Dwight Okita’s new play, The Rainy Season, is a 30-year-old office temp named Harry who longs to be an important artist. When questioned about his innermost desires, he declares that he wants to “do something great.” If Harry speaks for his creator, […]

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Greg Kihn Band

Our youngest readers will have forgotten Greg Kihn, so sit back and I’ll tell you all a story about a small-town boy in a small-town band with a somewhat, it must be said, small-town talent. In the late 1970s Berkeley, California, was home to an enjoyable, if rather benign, power-pop revival, this centered around a […]

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Skirt Solos

SKIRT SOLOS at Cafe Voltaire I’ve been seeing so many plays in the basement of Cafe Voltaire that I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to see a play in a space built for theater. Not that I’m complaining. Cafe Voltaire is one of my favorite spaces, with its low ceiling, sagging orange velour couches, and […]