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Kenny Burrell

From the moment he came on the scene in the mid-50s, Kenny Burrell established himself as the guitar voice of hard-bop (the earthier and less confrontational form of jazz that evolved directly from bebop). Known for an exceptionally full tone and a rangy harmonic vision, he improvised with speed and power, distilling the complexities of […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

“Photography became a universal language for shaping our own experience as aliens,” say the five Poles-turned-Chicagoans who make up the Polish-American Association of Photographers. An exhibit of their work–including this photo by Iwona Biedermann, titled Happiness of Dwayne Thomas–is up in the Congress Corridor Gallery of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, through […]

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Peter Jeffries

Peter Jefferies spells out his recording philosophy in the booklet accompanying his new album Electricity, released on Chicago’s Ajax records: “No outboard effects. No compression. No noise reduction.” It might sound limiting, but as a recording artist and producer/engineer working with such like-minded New Zealand artists as the Dead C., King Loser, and Sandra Bell, […]

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The Straight Dope

I read this as a tag line on the Internet, but it’s still a good question: why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets? –Matt McCullar, Arlington, Texas Correction, Matt. This is not a good question. This is a dumb question that appears to be a good question only until such time as you actually give it […]

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The City File

Yeah, but rolling that crucifix-shaped die is tough. The Thomas More Association on West Monroe is selling a new $30 board game called Divinity, with 672 question cards based on the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. “I’ve worked with macho men, conservative bankers, top CEOs, and corporate executives as annual report subjects,” professional makeup […]

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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 […]