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Bram Stoker’s Dracula

A good reason for including the name of the original author in the title of Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious version of the famous vampire story is that most previous film versions have been based not on the 1897 novel but on Hamilton Deane and John Balderston’s 1927 stage adaptation. This version, written by coproducer James […]

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Forbidden Love

THE LOVER ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud Written by Annaud and Gerard Brach With Jane March and Tony Leung. Miscegenation is often seen in Western literature and film as a tragic menace. Othello crosses the color line and is tormented emotionally. Sax Rohmer made his Fu Manchu a villain who wields a hypnotic […]

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Chicago Ensemble

For a long while the Chicago Ensemble, the city’s most durable independent chamber group, seemed to be in the doldrums. Though many of its subscribers were fierce loyalists who’d supported the ensemble from the start, it had trouble attracting the younger crowd. And the ensemble’s performances, while elegant and skillful, often locked fire. On the […]

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Cruel Country

EL DESCUEVE at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 12-14 We’re so inured to violence (or so we think)–to shootings, rapes, the murder of children–that it comes as a shock to encounter a dance group that in its way is more horrifying than any television news program or movie. The Argentinean troupe El Descueve, […]

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Faced with a cash crunch, lawyers debate the mission of the Legal Assistance Foundation

The last thing a legal-services agency for the poor needs is internal labor strife. Yet that’s just what the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago faces, as its attorneys protest plans to lay off staff and close two of six neighborhood branches. LAFC executives say the cutbacks are needed to trim a $900,000 budget deficit that […]

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The Fever

Playwright Wallace Shawn loves to ask difficult questions. Like why do couples who seem so bad for each other stay together (Marie and Bruce)? Or why are arguments tainted with evil the most compelling (Aunt Dan and Lemon)? In his most recent work, The Fever, which recounts the identity crisis he suffered when he became […]

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First Nations Festival

The first annual First Nations Festival features films and videos–shorts, documentaries, and narratives–on Native American issues, including religious freedom, forced relocation, and cultural preservation. Presented by the Native American Film/Video Festival Committee. All screenings will be at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, on Saturday, November 21; tickets are $5. For more information call 784-0808, […]

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Field & Street

Goshawks are one of the few good things about November. They move South at this time of year from their summer range in our northern forests. The numbers reported around Chicago fluctuate from year to year. Some years a good part of the population seems to come south to our comparatively balmy climes. Other years […]

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Flirting

Part two of Australian writer-director John Duigan’s trilogy about teenage life in the 60s (which commenced with 1987’s The Year My Voice Broke) follows Danny Embling (Noah Taylor) to a ritzy boarding school, where he becomes involved with Thandiwe Adjewa (Thandie Newton), a beautiful and precocious black girl from Uganda, at a nearby girls’ school. […]

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Open All Night

After 4 AM you can’t legally buy liquor anywhere. The 7-Elevens and White Hens stop selling at 2, as do most bars and taverns. But even after the four o’clock bars have closed, the old man bootlegger of Uptown, call him Sam, is still open for business. “This is the way I make my living,” […]

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Winifred Haun & Dancers

WINIFRED HAUN & DANCERS at the Athenaeum Theatre November 13 and 14 Making art is not hard–an artist at work often feels as if she’s just playing–but its long history can make an artist nervous, as if Shakespeare or Beethoven were looking over her shoulder at every moment. The more intelligent she is, and the […]

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Danny’s Show-a-Go-Go!/The Return of Newman & Cline Grand Follies

DANNY’S SHOW-A-GO-GO! Corn Productions at Danny’s Tavern Billed as nouveau vaudeville and performed in what is obviously the living room of the apartment over Danny’s Tavern in Bucktown, Danny’s Show-a-Go-Go! wants desperately to be an evening of sophisticated vaudeville in the vein of the New Variety Theatre or Rob Riley’s Cabaret Rebob. Unfortunately, the show […]