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Shadowlands/Hard Times

SHADOWLANDS Interplay HARD TIMES The Public Trust Theatre Company at Urbus Orbis “All is not well”–the stark truth of that understatement haunts C.S. Lewis, the British scholar-theologian who haunts Shadowlands, William Nicholson’s wrenching tale of love found late and lost. In this 1990 drama (originally a BBC teleplay), Lewis’s happy but doomed marriage to Joy […]

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Nu Fishing

The No Fishing signs appeared around the lagoon on the landfill at Northwestern sometime in the late 1980s. The university brought in a dredger and a contractor to remove silt and generally upgrade the lagoon, which connects to Lake Michigan at its north and south ends. Even with the silt buildup and the worsening summer […]

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Tribal Tech

In a time when the word “fusion” describes instrumental rock and roll (and “jazz” is routinely applied to guys like Kenny G and Fourplay), Tribal Tech stands out like a diamondback in a pile of cotton balls. The original fusion of the early 70s wedded musical complexity to raw energy, in the process becoming jazz’s […]

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Wuthering Heights

WUTHERING HEIGHTS Bailiwick Repertory Our culture tends to think of love as the great panacea–so much so that it seems impossible love might also be a great pathogen. To be sure, AIDS and the divorce rate have demonstrated the wisdom of tempering passion with prudence, but these problems are easily dismissed, their existence just one […]

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Somebody Else’s House

Lanky, soft-spoken David Cale has perfected a style of performance that lies somewhere between the multiple-personalitied Eric Bogosian and the minimalist Spalding Gray. Like Bogosian, Cale populates his monologues with numerous odd characters, all of them anxious to tell their stories. Unlike Bogosian, however, Cale doesn’t get hung up on transforming himself into the various […]

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The Straight Dope

Who exactly were the Aryans? Being Indian, I’ve heard all about the mythic accomplishments of my forefathers, who were reputedly Aryan. But how much of it is true and how is it that Aryan blood is prized from Calcutta to Berlin? Where exactly did they come from and where did they go? When people make […]

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Jikken Eiga: New Japanes Films

The differences between recent Japanese experimental filmmaking and the older American experimentation that in part inspired it have fascinated me. The seven films on this program don’t use images to express emotions or to explore human perception or the nature of the medium–the principal American tendencies. In fact, their images defy easy explanation. Perhaps the […]

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The City File

Why is Richard Phelan luckier than Shedd Aquarium? Because the carp the Cook County Forest Preserve District is poisoning in order to “rehabilitate” the Skokie lagoons for fishing are not nearly as cute as the beluga whales the Shedd keeps in captivity for the edification of tourists. “Fort Sheridan is being made available to private […]

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Daniel Lepkoff

Improvisational dance is as much a philosophy as an art form. To do it well, a dancer must have a heightened awareness of the environment, opening up all the senses, and allow the normal babble in the brain to fall quiet. Once this Zen-like state has been achieved, movement becomes energized–becomes a pure response to […]

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Wyman Defended!

To the editors: I must come to the defense of the oft-maligned Bill Wyman after the uncalled-for attack by Mr. McGarry on September 3 [Letters]. While the phrase “bratty punk” may no longer accurately describe Rights of the Accused, I’m sure Mr. Wyman had his hands tied by space considerations. Certainly, if he could have, […]

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Holmes Brothers

A lot of blues and R & B artists come out of the church, but I can’t think of anyone this side of Solomon Burke who can match the Holmes Brothers for fusing the spiritually uplifting ecstasy of gospel music with the funky, sensual celebration of life that’s at the heart of the blues. The […]

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Real Hip Daddy

To the editors: The article–“Rock of ages: talkin’ ’bout two generations”–in your August 27 edition was quite biting and misfocused. Our friend Mr. Rick Reger has misplaced our interest in Eric Clapton’s Unplugged album (or should I say CD so as not to date myself), which was enjoyed not because it was so laid-back but […]