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The Adventures of Ginocchio

In this delightful all-ages entertainment, performers Hugo Suarez Flores and Ines Pasic combine a childlike absorption with their own bodies and the superb technique of two experienced artist-athletes. In a sometimes wacky, sometimes wistful program of wordless comedy vignettes, the pair reshape their body parts into highly individualized puppets–like kids often do, only with the […]

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Sound-Bite Mania

Dear Sirs, I would like to write you to both thank you for the recent “Panic in Wicker Park” [August 26] and to chastise you for engaging in sound bite mania. I would call your attention to the careful use of quotation marks in the caption to my photograph, to remove my comments from their […]

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Going Nowhere Fast

ALIVE Factory Theater WHERE’S THE CHEESE? The Other Half Theater Company at Cafe Voltaire Now that we’re living in the information age, when letters can loop the globe in seconds via the Internet, when national news can be turned almost instantaneously into television movies, when channel surfing can unleash thousands of images in minutes, how […]

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A Born Impresario

To the Editor, Re Wicker Park Madness cover article [August 26] I feel compelled to add: Jim Happy is a born impresario whose Around the Coyote has been an electric jolt for many dedicated but often out there, lonely, and dare I say poor artists living in the Windy City. We artists are a cross […]

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Field & Street

When the ditches are full of purple loosestrife, in bloom during July and August, it is a treat to drive along the highways. It is happily a common sight since the seeds are carried far and wide by the ditch waters. –Katherine McKenzie, Wildflowers of the Midwest Although McKenzie doesn’t describe herself as either an […]

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On Video: Chip Williams shot the messengers

With a Hi-8 camcorder strapped to his helmet, 31-year-old bike messenger turned documentarian Chip Williams spent the fall of 1992 crafting a 22-minute video that portrays a trio of his coworkers as eloquent peripatetics rather than two-wheeled vectors of disaster. Going beyond it-takes-one-to-know-one, Concrete Rodeo delivers the dizzy itineraries of messengers threading the Loop and […]

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Juilliard String Quartet

After almost five decades in the business, the Juilliard String Quartet is still one of the freshest-sounding groups around. The remarkable longevity of the Juilliard School’s (and the Library of Congress’s) resident quartet can be attributed to founder Robert Mann’s sense of artistic coherence and fierce commitment–and to his uncanny ability to select just the […]

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Free Pizza

FREE PIZZA, at Factory Theater. Earlier this season one of the great comic minds of Factory Theater, Sean Abley, proved with his bland, disappointing entry in Bailiwick’s Pride Performance Series, Camp Killspree, just how much his trademark kinda campy, kinda irreverent, kinda sweet and high-spirited comedy depended on the Factory’s unofficial ensemble. Only one Factory […]

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Mecca Normal

Vocalist Jean Smith and guitarist David Lester of Vancouver–known collectively as Mecca Normal–possess a remarkable ability to create symphonic breadth of sound. While their earliest work sounds like angst-ridden sociopolitical folk with a punk edge, their subsequent, more interesting recordings use Smith’s voice as an additional instrumental force while Lester’s guitar playing exhibits an ever-expansive […]

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The Armageddon Radio Hour

THE ARMAGEDDON RADIO HOUR, Level 6, at Body Politic Theatre. During World War II the entertainment industry attempted to quell the fears of an anxious population by pushing an exaggerated cheerfulness. A cursory inspection of popular entertainment today, however, will show this practice to have long since ceased–just try to avoid the news that our […]

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Little Milton

Little Milton has come under fire in recent years for the increasingly slick direction his music has taken, but his live shows can still embody the essence of contemporary big-city blues revues. His band is versatile and endowed with both sensitivity and punch; he combines sophisticated charm with direct emotional honesty; his voice has deepened […]