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Between the Door and the Sea: The Story of Yeats’ Cuchulain

BETWEEN THE DOOR AND THE SEA: THE STORY OF YEATS’ CUCHULAIN Arc Entertainment Group at Neo-Futurarium Long before Ulster became infamous for sectarian murder and martyrs, it knew the slaughter of Celtic warriors attacking one another’s stony forts. Raising that bloodshed to the level of legend, unknown bards forged the myth of Cuchulain, a physically […]

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Fatuous Reasoning

To the editors: It is fatuous for Alan Boomer to blame the lack of interest in the White Sox on their play-by-play announcers (The Sports Section, August 13). I don’t agree with the political opinions of Rooney and Farmer, or think that Harrelson and Paciorek possess the best vocabulary in the city, but how does […]

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King of the Hill

The most impressive thing about Steven Soderbergh’s third feature (after sex, lies, and videotape and Kakfa)–an adaptation of A.E. Hotchner’s childhood memoirs, rich in period flavor–is that it’s set in Saint Louis in 1933, roughly three decades before Soderbergh was born, yet it offers a pungent and wholly believable portrait of what living through the […]

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Breeders

The dissolution of the Pixies–reportedly rooted in some of the other band members’ dislike of leader Black Francis–has produced 1) a profoundly uninteresting solo album by the renamed Frank Black and 2) one of the best albums of the year: Last Splash, from bassist Kim Deal’s side project, the Breeders. The band–which includes Deal’s twin […]

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Theatre BAM at Cafe Voltaire Schoolhouse Rock Live! is one of those rare shows that work both as an evening of amusing, mildly campy nostalgia–not unlike The Real Live Brady Bunch–and as a compelling piece of children’s theater. Adapted from the long-running educational series Schoolhouse Rock, broadcast Saturday mornings from 1973 to […]

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Scared of Demons/Dark Ride

SCARED OF DEMONS Babaganouj Theatre at Cafe Voltaire DARK RIDE Gillarlaine Theatre Company at Cafe Voltaire Seeing Babaganouj Theatre’s Scared of Demons and Gillarlaine Theatre Company’s Dark Ride back-to-back is an education in theatrical economy. Both plays take their audiences on imaginative journeys: time is suspended, and fantasy and reality become indistinguishable. In a space […]

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The Sports Section

Something there is that loves a loser. Fans of the Cubs feel compelled to deny that, especially when the White Sox are in first and the Cubs are muddling through another mediocre season, but, really, who are we kidding? Losers put no pressure on the audience. A fan feels entitled to take the game on […]

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Sir Mack Rice

Sir Mack Rice’s career dates back to the very genesis of modern R & B. He made his first recordings (with the Scalders) while still a high school student in Detroit; by 1956 he’d achieved national acclaim as a member of the Falcons, along with Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett. It was as a composer, […]

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Vermeer Quartet

Like a number of progressive chamber music ensembles, the Vermeer Quartet often balances its programs with established 20th-century classics. This season, in its subscription series for Performing Arts Chicago, however, the estimable foursome has become even more adventurous: it’s presenting two local premieres of works by living composers. Part of the credit probably goes to […]