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Somatic Larynx Waltz

By definition, a first-time collaboration is a unique and unpredictable event; so no one can tell you exactly what to anticipate at this intersection of instrumental and vocal musics and dance. Vocal artist Theo Bleckmann provides a powerful incentive not only to attend but also to leave expectations at the door. A collaborator of Meredith […]

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Credit Check

Dear Editor, As one of the makers of Hoop Dreams, it would have been nice to have gotten some recognition from Michael Miner in his article about Ben Joravsky and our film [Hot Type, April 14], especially since he was on the phone to me three times over two days to get information for the […]

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On Exhibit: survival lessons

In his 1991 book Out of the Shadows: A Photographic Portrait of Jewish Life in Central Europe Since the Holocaust photojournalist Ed Serotta documented a way of life almost wiped out by World War II. When he traveled to Sarajevo in 1993, he departed from the routines of other journalists staying at the Holiday Inn. […]

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Dinosaurs

Powertrap Productions, at the Organic Theater Company Greenhouse. Someone should have told Chicago playwright Kay Kudukis that she didn’t need to move to Los Angeles to write for television–she was already doing just that in her first play, Dinosaurs. Three down-on-their-luck types in a lonely roadside diner in the American southwest (stunningly realized by designer […]

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Hip Hop Flop

Vivisections From the Blown Mind Goodman Studio Even in the darkest hours of Chicago theater you could almost always depend on the Goodman. Back in the 80s, when the studio was overflowing with premieres by Elaine May and David Mamet and David Rabe, the Goodman was arguably the most vital theater force in the country. […]

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Reader to Reader

It was Easter morning. Bright yellow daffodils were sprouting through the grass next to the on ramp to the Kennedy Expressway at Fullerton. About halfway up the embankment a young woman stood with two girls in pastel dresses and frilly hats and a little boy with suspenders and a bow tie. At the bottom of […]

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Still Life With Poses

Earth Day Event for Federal Plaza Mathew Wilson April 19 Mathew Wilson is a lightning rod for fortuitous disaster. A year ago, on the morning of Wilson’s first Earth Day performance, Richard Nixon passed away; in the middle of Wilson’s event, in which nearly 100 people fell down “dead” for an hour in Daley Plaza, […]

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Zara Spook and Other Lures

Profiles Performance Ensemble, at Red Bones Theatre. Evelyn’s doting fiance, Talmadge, is crippling her with kindness. Ramona’s jealous husband Mel considers opening fire–perhaps with a rifle or slingshot–as a polite way to get a person’s attention. Teale has suffered from asthma ever since her boyfriend dumped her. And Margery wants some adventure before returning to […]

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The Sports Section

Michael Jordan was asked how the confidence level of this year’s Bulls compared with the confidence of the team that won three straight championships. “I think we’re confident,” he said, but added, “The team that won three championships had a different swagger to it.” Winning between 57 and 67 games a year gave that team […]

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Vapid Victory

Elimination Cook County Theatre Department The Pup at Theatre: Hidden Surprise Shows Moveable Feast Theatre Company at Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden David Letterman may have done much to popularize banality, with his cast of intentionally inane characters like the Guy Under the Stairs, Flunky the Late Night Clown, and of course Larry Bud Mellman. […]

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Spot Check

G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE 4/28, LOUNGE AX Self-proclaimed rag moppers G. Love & Special Sauce hit town to try out material from their forthcoming second album, due out this fall. The trio’s 1994 debut offered a sprawling oddball fusion of gutbuckety hip hop rudiments and strangely dissociated bluesy raunch. G. Love’s slurred raps recline […]