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New Signs of the Feminine

NANCY HILD: STILL LIFE at North Park College, Carlson Tower Gallery, through September 20 Social movements tend to create new language, either by adapting existing language or by prescribing new words. The National Convention of the French Revolution changed the names of the months according to its vision of a new society; the coinage of […]

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Around the Coyote

Taking its name from the Tower Building at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee, which once housed the Coyote Gallery, this multimedia arts event includes a sizable theater and performance segment. Running through September 11, the fifth annual Around the Coyote features eleven different productions at Centrum Hall, 1309 N. Ashland, and the Chopin […]

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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 […]