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Fred Anderson Trio

With the passage of time, Fred Anderson’s potent and freewheeling improvisations have only increased in value; especially now, in a period that venerates formula and imitation, his music is a refreshing but ferocious storm wind, bursting in through the windows and howling past the clutter. Anderson’s burly tenor work represents a “missing link” in the […]

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Mean Tears

MEAN TEARS A Red Orchid Theatre Julian is a barely postadolescent male in desperate need of approval. His parents sent him to school in Europe, which he interprets as rejection. They allow him plenty of spending money, but he affects a tattered leather coat and never seems to have the price of a beer in […]

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Field & Street

To the editors: After just finishing Jerry Sullivan’s Field & Street article on the ethics of entomological collecting [May 28], I marvel that, by far, my best source of hard information on the ecology of this place in northeastern Illinois that I call home is a free weekly that I pick up from a bin […]

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Man on the Street

“Hey, man, what’s up?.” The men look up and greet Jack Graham as he walks along Lower Wacker Drive. Dressed in a dark suit with pinstripes, a pale shirt, and a tie with tiny embroidered eagles, Graham doesn’t quite fit in. “Man, I can’t believe you’re still here. Get out of here!” Graham yells at […]

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Robin Lakes Rough Dance

ROBIN LAKES ROUGH DANCE at the Josephine Louis Theatre of Northwestern University, May 28 and 29 Choreographer Robin Lakes’s retrospective at the Josephine Louis Theatre shows an artist who discovered her niche long ago, has wisely stayed within it, and as a result has grown to become one of the most eloquent voices in Chicago. […]

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Dances of Innocence and Desire

DANCES OF INNOCENCE AND DESIRE Hedwig Dances at the Dance Center of Columbia College, June 3-5 The performers of Hedwig Dances, Jan Bartoszek’s experimental dance company, have such a natural, unassuming presence one almost forgets they’re dancers. Bartoszek’s choreography demands physical agility as well as a strong sense of balance and rhythm, but they do […]

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Barbara Haffner and David Schrader

Cellist Barbara Haffner and pianist David Schrader first met in the late 70s when both joined Music of the Baroque. Soon after, they found themselves in demand as performers in impromptu chamber recitals; later, they got together with two other top-notch (and busy) local free-lancers, Sandra and Robert Morgan, and farmed a professional ensemble called […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story New York Newsday reported in April that a 46-year-old Worcester, Massachusetts, man inexplicably began speaking with a French accent immediately after he was involved in an automobile accident last year. At the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology Dr. Majis Moonis said that about two dozen cases of “foreign accent […]

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Her Aching Heart/Oh, Holy Allen Ginsberg: Oh, Holy Shit Sweet Jesus Tantric Buddha Dharma Road

HER ACHING HEART Bailiwick Repertory at the Theatre Building OH, HOLY ALLEN GINSBERG: OH, HOLY SHIT SWEET JESUS TANTRIC BUDDHA DHARMA ROAD Bailiwick Repertory at the Theatre Building The exciting thing about Bailiwick’s Pride Performance Series is the chance it offers to see world-premiere gay plays in an environment that encourages experimentation and allows for […]

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Winifred Haun & Dancers and Paula Frasz

Sometimes an artist’s hardship is an audience’s gain: in a smart piece of economizing, Chicago choreographers Winifred Haun and Paula Frasz have teamed up for a joint concert. Though they’re both talented, both modern dancers, both capable of fine abstract and narrative dances, in other ways they couldn’t be more different. Haun strikes a high, […]

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The Owl’s Legacy

This five-and-a-half-hour made-for-TV series about Greek culture is far removed from the predictable blandness of a PBS documentary. Chris Marker, a veteran French director of highly personal film essays, interconnects past and present concepts of language, culture, knowledge, and power in tracing the heritage of Greek ideas–and the betrayals of those ideas–around the world. Throughout […]

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Graceland

GRACELAND Dali Drama Theatre Company at Cafe Voltaire I’ve never been a huge Elvis fan–I was 12 when he died and remember him as a pudgy anachronism in a sequined jumpsuit–but there’s something about him that appeals to my sloppy, sentimental side. When it comes to uncomplicated, heartfelt love songs, there’s no disputing the King’s […]

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Joe Henderson Trio

On his last visit to Chicago tenor saxist Joe Henderson surprised audiences by all but ignoring the music he had played on his then-current Lush Life–the album that made him Down Beat’s 1992 “Jazz Musician of the Year.” One dares to hope he’ll take a different tack this time around, if only because his subsequent […]