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Ladybird, Ladybird

Based on a true story, Ken Loach’s powerful and disturbing British drama about a single working-class mother with four children from four different fathers is made unforgettable both by stand-up comedian Crissy Rock’s lead performance and by the filmmakers’ determination to make the story as messy and as complex as life itself. After many abusive […]

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Girl Group

The Newberry Consort at the Newberry Library, January 13 There’s something magical about the sound of disparate women’s voices singing in harmony, and composers such as Mozart and Richard Strauss made the most of it. The operatic literature is full of “girls’ glees.” There are noisy lots: Wagner’s Valkyries and the Maids in Elektra. But […]

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Calendar

JANUARY FRIDAY 20 The Hell’s Angels and Outlaws biker outfits can put their much-hyped turf war on the back burner this weekend, finding common ground at the 1995 Cycle World Chicago International Motorcycle Show at the Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road in Rosemont. Besides getting a peek at this year’s models, you can […]

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Hal Rammel

Instrument inventor and sound sculptor Hal Rammel thrives in a world of elusive, ephemeral sonic scapes–a world with no musical boundaries. Sans structure, Rammel glides and twirls, reveling in odd textures and serendipitous phrases. This gig celebrates the release of the CD Elsewheres (Penumbra), a thrilling, unusual, and utterly fresh-sounding collection of works performed on […]

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New Zoo Review

Dear Sirs: I read Neighborhood News in the January 6, 1995, issue and was surprised to see the Reader characterize the privatization of the Lincoln Park Zoo as a “scheme” hatched by Zoo “honchos” with the aid of consultants you describe as an “outfit.” Why not just say “evil cabal” and be done with it? […]

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Church of the Glorious Reed

Church of the Glorious Reed John Coltrane Live In Seattle (Impulse!) Charles Gayle Kingdom Come (Knitting Factory) David S. Ware Earthquation (DIW) Phoenixlike, the free-jazz saxophonist continually rises anew from amid his own ashes. In the late 1960s hard-core free blowers like Albert Ayler, Frank Wright, Noah Howard, and Archie Shepp visited uncharted regions of […]

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All That Jazz

To the Editor, Who is this Jon Corbett that gratuitously puts down Bob Thiele and Teresa Brewer [Rock Etc., “Battling the Jazzosaurus,” August 26]? And, in part, David Murrary and Jodie Christian? Does he have any credentials? Or any sense? Or any charity? Or any . . . music? I wonder. Objection would be given, […]

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M*A*S*H

Marquee Theatre Company, at the Covenant United Methodist Church. I read the original Richard Hooker novel, saw the Altman film, and grew up with the television show. And Tim Kelly’s adaptation of the novel plays like an anemic version of the TV series at its sentimental worst. Bored with watching yet another castration of Hooker’s […]

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The Shanghai Gesture

Bailiwick Repertory. As we walk into the theater, women perched on swings or inside cages overhead inform us that we have now entered the internationally famous Shanghai brothel owned by the equally renowned Mother God Damn. (Her name comes from the words English-speaking sailors once tricked ignorant natives into believing meant “I love you.”) The […]

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Redwood Curtain

Wisdom Bridge Theatre Chicago Company, at Ivanhoe Theater. In Lanford Wilson’s new play, Geri, a 17-year-old Eurasian girl, leaves her wealthy adoptive parents and her budding career as a concert pianist to search for her father in the redwood forests of northern California. She thinks she finds him in Lyman Fellers. A Vietnam veteran, Lyman […]

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Beautiful Losers

NOBODY’S FOOL Rating *** A must see Directed and written by Robert Benton With Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Since most Hollywood movies of the 90s offer unabashed fantasies, the hero’s success has become something of a given. Regardless […]