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Don Bennett

Pianist Don Bennett moved from Chicago to Amsterdam a little more than a year ago, and–from the evidence of his newly released trio album Solar (Candid)–the tulips and the canals clearly agree with him. Bennett has always played a strong, fleshy brand of piano, and you’ll find that throughout the album. On the R & […]

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Grill Crazy

It’s 1 AM on a Friday night at the Diner Grill, and Steve the Grill Man has hit a lull. He’s flipping cups, stacking plates, and scraping his grill with a spatula. “You wouldn’t mind if I got an order to go,” says a guy in a leather jacket who’s sitting at the counter. “Nothing […]

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Face facts with Karen Uchima

In her youth, psychic Karen C. Uchima discovered the ancient Chinese art of face reading while watching The World of Suzie Wong. It was during the scene in which a fortune-teller predicts Suzie’s trip to America by feeling the lumps on her head. Uchima thought: “If they can read heads, then they must be able […]

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Reader to Reader

The other day I was walking west down Superior past Holy Name Cathedral. A man sitting on the church steps called out to a boy in a Bulls jacket walking about 20 feet in front of me. “Excuse me, sir,” he said, “can I borrow a couple hundred dollars? I’d like to go to Vegas–see […]

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The Ballad of Little Mikey

The Ballad of Little Mikey, Bailiwick Repertory. Composer-librettist Mark Savage’s one-act musical hews close to the familiar format of gay coming-out shows: a few flashes of skin interspersed among heartfelt reminiscences of high school hypocrisy, college crushes, and midlife crises. But Savage’s tuneful, spirited songs and detailed story–about a young man’s search for love and […]

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The Singer, Not The Song

Hedwig Dances Performance Company at the Chicago Cultural Center, through May 20 Zephyr Dance Ensemble at the Harold Washington Library, May 12 and 13 The dances in Hedwig Dances Performance Company’s tenth-anniversary concert are good, and some are very good, but the dancing outshines them. And artistic director Jan Bartoszek has assembled not only a […]

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Reel Life: X-Film’s open-door policy

The five founders of the new group X-Film Chicago are recalling their perplexed first encounters with experimental films. Martin Rumsby says he saw a film from Oklahoma–David McCullough’s Four Possible Variations–about 20 years ago in his native New Zealand. “A static camera viewed four bowls, and the same cracker was put into different types of […]

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Side by Side by Sondheim

Wisdom Bridge Theatre Chicago Company, at Ivanhoe Theater. By now the 50-some songs in this 1977 Tony-winning revue represent only half of Stephen Sondheim’s protean repertory. Yet Side by Side offers songs worth a second listen, among them the music-hall rouser “I Never Do Anything Twice,” the winsome ballad “I Remember,” and the double-entendred “Can […]

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Silver Images Film Festival

The Silver Images Film Festival, sponsored by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, concludes on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $5, $3 for seniors (62 and over). For further information call 281-4114 or 881-8491. FRIDAY, MAY 19 Elder Visionaries Two […]

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Eddie Harris

When I go to hear saxophone wizard Eddie Harris, I love to watch him from the middle of the room on back. You don’t have to sit too far away–25 or 30 feet works fine–before his fingers seem to stop still on even the fastest passages, as if they had become the appendages of a […]