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Less Talk, More Music

BLUES IN THE NIGHT Northlight Theatre 1940s RADIO HOUR Opera San Benedetto It’s the sketchiest of stories, established with the barest minimum of dialogue: in 1930s Chicago, four lonely people in a seedy hotel pass a steamy night by singing the blues. As conceived by Sheldon Epps, Blues in the Night doesn’t really explain how […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

This marks the fifth year that artist Lee Kay has exhibited his pastels-on-foam-core portraits in the Speed Queen at 3355 N. Halsted. Why a laundromat? “They leave the bright lights on at night and I thought, what a great place to show some stuff,” says Kay, who lives across the street. (He’s also shown his […]

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Over Evil

MUNTU DANCE THEATRE OF CHICAGO at the Katherine Dunham Theatre of Kennedy-King College, December 9-12 I first saw African dance when the National Dance Company of Senegal performed at the Auditorium Theatre, just before Christmas six years ago. And I was hooked–by the energy, the daring, the rhythms, the up-front theatricality. At the same time […]

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Catskills on Broadway

If laughter ever became a crime, this show would do hard time. It’s a loving and detailed homage to the deft comics who honed their timing, mugging, and crowd-control skills in the raucous resorts of the Catskill Mountains. I caught the show in February at Miami Beach’s immense Jackie Gleason Theatre, where almost everyone in […]

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The Straight Dope

What time is it on the north pole? I mean, suppose I lived in Texas and I traveled straight north until I reached the north pole. I would look at my watch and determine what time I had arrived. But suppose just as I was mouthing the words, someone from New York arrived and said […]

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The City File

And a happy new year to you too. Southern Illinois University veterinarian David Lane on holiday hazards to pets, from ornaments to spicy dressing: “I always see a surge in vomiting dogs around Christmas.” Some of us can just go home for the holidays to experience this. In January the Brookfield Zoo will offer a […]