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Symphony of the Shores

This season finale of the eclectic Symphony of the Shores pushes the boundaries of the classical concert. Other than Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, included almost as an afterthought, the program is heavily jazz-inspired–certainly not the type of fare one encounters at Orchestra Hall. For starters there’s the 20-minute Three Pieces for Violin, Hammer Dulcimer, and Orchestra […]

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Big Star

An ironically named outfit, Big Star existed in abject obscurity for a few brief years in the early 70s before speedily disappearing into cutout-bin limbo. Formed in 1971 by Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens, and ex-Box Top teen star Alex Chilton, Big Star eschewed the then-prevalent idioms of progressive rock and southern-fried jamming for […]

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A Separate Space

To the editors: I read with great interest “The Culture Club” column of May 6, 1994, in which Lewis Lazare describes Michael Hopkins’s dealings with the MCA. Mr. Hopkins made a number of important points, and I support his beliefs. My primary reason for writing, however, has to do with Mr. Consey’s characterization of suggested […]

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Lonely Voice

SAM PHILLIPS PARK WEST, MAY 24 Let’s settle this thing once and for all. Sam Phillips is not the second coming of the Beatles. Sure, even a cursory listen to Martinis and Bikinis–the new LP from the former Christian singer-songwriter, who first turned toward secular concerns with 1988’s The Indescribable Wow–will turn up countless moments […]

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Chicago Sinfonietta

To watch Awadagin Pratt at the keyboard is to witness contradiction in motion. Built like a halfback, the 26-year-old pianist is capable of both tremendous volume and the tenderest of touches. He hunches over the piano with the oblivious abandon of Stevie Wonder, but he’s a classical performer to the core–a Naumburg prizewinner with diplomas […]

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Fat, Not Funny

Dear editors, “The City” by Derf of Friday, May 20 [Section Four], is offensive to me. As a large woman, I have endured the harassing comments of strangers my entire life. Well, guess what–I am not going to hide. I am going to go to the movies, eat at restaurants, swim where I like, and […]

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Spot Check

ANI DI FRANCO 6/3, OLD TOWN SCHOOL While musically Ani DiFranco is most certainly in the same league as postfolkies like Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, and the Indigo Girls, the effectively uncut vinegar and acid of her lyrics sets her apart. “Just the thought of our bed / Makes me crumble like the plaster / […]

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Music Notes: a critic for all genres

Funk maestro George Clinton, the late jazz visionary Sun Ra, and reggae madman Lee “Scratch” Perry are all extraterrestrials. Or so contends John Corbett in his first collection of music criticism, Extended Play, just published by Duke University Press. Cutting across demarcations that isolate jazz from rock or experimental from reggae, Corbett posits with vigor […]

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Scalping for the People

Sirs and madams, No, Bill Wyman, I do not have to admit that the Eagles “have a more reasonable claim to the money than scalpers” [Hitsville, May 6]. The very fact that ticket scalping is illegal is nothing less than a fascistic ploy to lock every discretionary dollar in the vaults of the superrich. You’ll […]

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Rules of the Sovreign

There was a time when you could smoke anywhere in Edgewater’s Sovereign Pool and Health Club. Men and women would stand puffing around the pool, schmoozing, eating hot dogs: that was when Bill McGuire ran the gym. Now you can only smoke over by Mr. Hahn’s chair, in the gym’s southwest corner. Mr. Hahn, who […]