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Luscious Jackson

Partly through association with the Beastie Boys–they’re on the Beasties’ label Grand Royal, they’ve toured with them, and drummer Kate Schellenbach originally played with the Beasties–Luscious Jackson continually get mislabled as “white female rappers.” In reality, as their terrific full-length debut Natural Ingredients quickly shows, they’re a funky pop band with savvy to spare. Employing […]

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Sabi-Sabi

SABI-SABI, Pintig Cultural Group, at Greenview Arts Center. It’s the third anniversary of Lainie’s Filipino restaurant and karaoke club, but the merriment of friends and customers is only a mask for the sorrowful secrets that split families apart, sending unhappy children fleeing from their parents in search of love, identity, and a place to belong. […]

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Who’s Next?

Reader, When they went after the gun club I did nothing, for I was not a gun club member. When they went after the rugby team [Neighborhood News, September 16] I did nothing, for I was not a rugby player. Regardless if you like or dislike those activities, Chicagoans should be appalled at the tactics […]

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Jazz Passengers

One cofounder describes the Jazz Passengers as a synthesis of their own manic and depressive personalities. The group’s eclectic, at times hyperventilated range gives the band a gloss that verges on trendiness. And the bristly energy emanating from its front line–sax, trombone, vibes, and violin–has plenty of lower-Manhattan glamour but not much classic Manhattan romance. […]

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Newberry Consort

After 11 seasons, one looks forward to a Newberry Consort recital not so much for the playing, which often is top-notch, but for the illuminating insights into music and literature of bygone eras. For its season opener the period-instrument ensemble is presenting a gallimaufry of pieces celebrating the exploits and virtues of the Knights of […]

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Two By Shaw

TWO BY SHAW, Writer’s Theatre Chicago, at Books on Vernon. Writer’s Theatre Chicago’s last production was a literate, compelling, if a bit histrionic play based on the life of the literate, compelling, histrionic poet, Anne Sexton. This time around, as if to prove they can also perform cooler, more comic, but no less literate material, […]

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The Old Man and the Sea

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, Next Theatre Company. Steve Pickering’s highly impressionistic adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel occupies that ambiguous territory between genuine inspiration and unmitigated pretension and chutzpah. Citing Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa as his inspiration, Pickering has fashioned a pantomime and dance work that boils the novel down to its basic […]

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Sleep With Me

The best of the so-called Generation X movies I’ve seen so far, this charming first feature by Rory Kelly about a circle of friends in their 30s, and the various complications that ensue when one of the bunch falls helplessly in love with a friend’s wife, owes much of its spark to collective effort, in […]

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The Colored Museum

THE COLORED MUSEUM, Victory Gardens Theater. Attempting to express the way the painful reality of African American life is often masked by supposed acceptance and glamorization, this comedy revue by playwright George C. Wolfe takes the audience on a guided tour of cultural stereotypes, with uneven results. A slick Broadway director, Wolfe the writer seems […]

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Politics of Envy

Re “The Panic in Wicker Park” [August 26]: where are your stories when neighborhoods get worse? Don’t people–many more people–suffer then? Leave it to the muddle-headed bleeding hearts to come up with a pejorative word–gentrification–for making a neighborhood better! Be honest now: which Wicker Park would you rather have your sister or girlfriend walk through […]