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On Meaning and Motion

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO at Ravinia Festival, September 1-4 Daniel Ezralow’s new dance for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, In Praise of Shadows, explores big topics: sleeping, darkness, sex, shadows, fear, entombment, collapsing, and the mythic underworld. Visually the dance is often successful, but the dancing is surprisingly thin, and the piece is dramatically and musically […]

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Around the Coyote

Taking its name from the Tower Building at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee–commonly called the Coyote Building because it once housed the Coyote Gallery–this multimedia arts event includes a sizable theater and performance component (coordinated by Wm. Bullion, director of Sliced Bread Productions, with Stephanie Beu) that lays claim to being Chicago’s only […]

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The Diviners

THE DIVINERS Temporary Theatre Company at Mayfair United Methodist Church I’m not sure what business Jim Leonard Jr. has writing a John Steinbeck play, but he doesn’t do a half bad job of imitating the literary master of misfits, preachers, hired hands, and dust. The Diviners, Leonard’s first play, first performed in 1981, is set […]

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Lenny Kravitz

What’s irritating about Lenny Kravitz is not merely that he looks like a lesser member of the Family Stone but that he cops an attitude as well: he’s the kind of guy who’s just looking for a chance to corner you at a party and argue about how the 60s were a better time than […]

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Destruction of the Temple

To the editors: [Re: “The Architect Who’s Rebuilding Chicago,” August 27] Some years ago I recall walking through and over Walter Netsch’s “forum” at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I was struck by the sheer power and simplicity of the place. It seemed to me at the time that I was walking through a […]

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Paradise Lost

EDEN Victory Gardens Theater Some stories always work–no matter how basic, they can captivate an audience every time they’re told. The classic tale of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, girl’s dad gets pissed, and boy and girl meet foolish tragic ending but somehow the spirit of love manages to triumph worked […]

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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 […]