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Wandering soul

It’s easy to laugh at Johnny Cash. There’s his portentous “man in black” image; his chiseled-in-stone face that looks as if it were invented by some PR man for the sole purpose of gazing resolutely at the horizon; his conversion in the 1960s to Christian fundamentalism and attendant toadying up to the likes of Billy […]

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X: The Life and Times of Malcom X

Six years before Spike Lee’s X, the Yale-trained composer Anthony Davis came up with an opera version of the life of the radical black leader. Though it didn’t attract much attention back then, his opera is just as ambitious as Lee’s bio-epic. X covers the entire span of its subject’s life–from his Depression childhood in […]

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Either/Orchestra

Those taking the easy way out usually describe the Either/Orchestra by lists of, and comparisons to, its heroes and influences–which can either impress or daunt, given that the group’s far-flung repertoire encompasses reworked pieces by Charles Mingus, Bobbie Gentry, Miles Davis, Robert Fripp, and Roscoe Mitchell. While such lists suggest the postmodernism of this scale-model […]

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Fashion Statements: urban cowgirl

Attorney Carin Kogan came galloping down Michigan Avenue saddled up in cowboy couture. Her trappings yippee-yi-yayed a tune called Urban Cowboy as she followed the path beaten by the fall Glamour and Mademoiselle stampede. She even managed to follow all three commands of the drive: go west, dress like men, wear cows. But our Fashion […]

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Coyote Ugly

COYOTE UGLY Pillar Studio In the Arizona desert in the summer, temperatures can climb to 110 degrees or more. This may explain the addled condition of the Pewsy family. Red, its patriarch, is preoccupied with his priapic prowess and his dream of driving his very own car, and Andreas, his consort, is his equal in […]

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Ecotalk

MINDWALK ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Bernt Capra Written by Floyd Byars, Fritjof Capra, and Bernt Capra With Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, John Heard, and Ione Skye. Made two years ago, Mindwalk is finally arriving in Chicago (at Facets Multimedia for a week), after having been announced and then withdrawn as an attraction at the […]

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Winifred Haun & Dancers

Chicago choreographer Winifred Haun is a puzzle, an artist of considerable talent who can’t seem to decide whether to go for the arcane and challenging or the popular and accessible. So she does both. Trained in ballet, a former member of the technically exacting Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Haun veers between taut classical lines […]

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Getting organized in Rogers Park

It’s been a tough year for the old Rogers Park Tenants Committee. This 1,300-member community organization has had something of an identity crisis. In February it changed its name to the Rogers Park Community Action Network, figuring that the members’ scope of activity far exceeded tenant work. Several longtime employees left, the network almost ran […]

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The Sports Section

The Bulls’ championship ring presentation ceremony, which took place before last Saturday’s home opener, seemed slightly more self-satisfied this year than last. It had a pace of its own, more of a saunter than a swagger. The public address announcement was muffed at first, catching the Bulls still downstairs in the locker room. When they […]

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Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men

Combining the dark homoeroticism of Jean Genet, the suspensefulness of Hitchcock, and the visceral thrill of Olympic acrobatics, this mostly silent study of sexual longing is exciting cinema, astounding dance, and gripping drama. Featuring a quartet of dancer-actors performing under the name DV8 Physical Theatre, Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men follows the four as they […]

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Art Is Politics

TATIANA NIKOLAEVA at Orchestra Hall October 18 and 25 Opening the Allied Arts Association’s piano series was a remarkable pair of recitals by Tatiana Nikolaeva, who has become a legend around the world for her transcendent performances of Bach and other masters. The recitals, on two consecutive Sundays, consisted of Dmitry Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and […]

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South Suburban Theater Festival

All the world’s a stage–even the world south of the city, where six professional, semiprofessional, and nonprofessional performing groups have banded together to request the attention of area audiences. This first-ever effort of its kind, conceived and coordinated by Michael Sean McCarthy, features 10 different productions in repertory over the next two weeks: November 13 […]