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Anthony Ranieri

Anthony Ranieri is one of those classical performers and composers who work largely outside academia and the establishment concert circuit. Which is to say he’s not as well known as he ought to be. A graduate of Lake Forest College, he’s spent the last 35 years learning his craft in what some might regard as […]

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Spot Check

MEXICO 70 9/9, BEAT KITCHEN Slick, seamless, sappy British guitar pop from a band led by former Felt member Mick Bund. On their lush, lilting U.S. debut, The Dust Has Come to Stay (Big Pop), Mexico 70–named for the 1970 World Cup held south of the border, duh–sound a lot like some of Bund’s admitted […]

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Roscoe Mitchell

Still best known for his lifetime membership in the Art Ensemble of Chicago, multireedist Roscoe Mitchell has had a fascinating career on his own. Just a few weeks ago at the Bop Shop, his playing fit seamlessly into the riveting piano hard-bop of longtime cohort Jodie Christian, while some of Mitchell’s recent work has found […]

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Stereolab

Depending on how charitable you want to be, Stereolab’s musical base can be described as either an extended homage to or a direct pilfering of the droning, rubber-band pulse of the German electronic group Neu. I go with the former, because that pulse is just one of the components of the band’s gorgeous, intriguing sound. […]

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Decompressing

Visiting the psych ward at Northwestern Hospital is like a dream. You step up to the big steel bank-vault door and ring the bell. You state your business and they let you in and the hatch thuds shut behind you. I’m here to see Jimmy. When he was in for a routine visit with his […]

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Sankofa

The exciting thing about Haile Gerima’s lush, wide-screen folkloric feature about black slavery–independently made and distributed–is its poetic conviction, backed up by a great deal of filmmaking savvy. Born in Ethiopia but based in the U.S., Gerima attended UCLA’s film school around the same time as Charles Burnett, Larry Clark, Julie Dash, and Billy Woodbury. […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In July police in Willoughby, Ohio, arrested Jamie V. Bradshaw, 23, for breaking and entering, confiscating more than 450 items of women’s underwear from his car and home, all stolen, according to police, from the laundry rooms at ten apartment complexes over the past two years. Bradshaw is from nearby Painesville, population 15,000, […]

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Film Feedback

To make his short Film Feedback, Tony Conrad set up a camera, fast-processing apparatus, and projector in close proximity so that a continuous unexposed reel was processed right out of the camera and then fed directly into the projector to be refilmed by the camera. The result is a series of receding rectangles: black inside […]

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The Price of Ambition

THE UNDERTONES HYPNOTISED POSITIVE TOUCH THE SIN OF PRIDE (RYKODISC) It’s amazing that rock bands that achieve even moderate success can actually make more than two albums, and it’s even more remarkable when the records are good. Internal conflicts ranging from musical to strictly personal have taken their toll on countless bands, and outside forces–namely […]

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Georgina Martinez

Cross-cultural explorers usually venture across space, whether the city or a continent. But Georgina Martinez is a time traveler who wants to rediscover the ancient dances of her native Mexico. Trained in contemporary dance forms, notably modern, Martinez is grounded, slow moving, attuned to her own rhythms: forget any thoughts you might have about high-heeled […]

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Virgil’s House of Dig

VIRGIL’S HOUSE OF DIG, Faulty Wiring, at ImprovOlympic Theater. Who knows? Maybe the week before I saw this show the nine comics convulsed the audience. And this week they may well bust some guts. But the Friday I saw Faulty Wiring’s Virgil’s House of Dig, three long-form improvisations, the ImprovOlympic house team must have been […]

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Woyzeck on the Highveld

Hailed as a cutting-edge combination of art and technology in its birthplace, this evocative if bleak South African production synthesizes puppet theater and film animation to tell the story of “a good murder, a genuine murder, a beautiful murder.” A coproduction of the Johannesburg-based Handspring Puppet Company and Market Theatre Company, it’s directed and designed […]