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John Primer

JOHN PRIMER Guitarist John Primer’s list of musical influences reads like a Who’s Who of postwar Chicago blues: he cut his teeth at Theresa’s under the tutelage of Sammy Lawhorn, one of the finest fretmen the Memphis-Chicago blues connection ever produced; he played in Muddy Waters’s last touring band; and since the early 80s he’s […]

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The Game

The Game, at the O’Bar & Cafe. While in college I was entrusted with being the scriptwriter for the improv team. But eventually I was forced to quit. A scene concerning a newfangled grocery store for lazy people that sold wheat bread with the peanut butter and grape jam already in it seemed so funny […]

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Urban Transition: Loose Blossoms

Urban Transition: Loose Blossoms, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. The world premiere of Ron Milner’s play is certainly timely: he addresses the impact of gangs and drugs on today’s African-American family, showing how they afflict not only poor inner-city teenagers but whole families of varying economic circumstances. Telling the story of a teenage boy who gets […]

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The Rhino in Winter

Offered as an adjunct to the annual summer Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, this monthlong showcase of fringe performance features work by the likes of locals Jenny Magnus, Beau O’Reilly, Frank Melcori, David Isaacson, Scott Turner, and James Schneider. The fest runs through March 2 at the Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe, 2827 N. Lincoln, 327-6666. […]

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Austin’s Warped Sweetheart, Part Two

The bizarre parents who belong to the character Jo Carol in Jo Carol Pierce’s country song cycle, Bad Girls Upset by the Truth, are different from her real ones, she admits. “My momma wants it known that she is not that character,” Pierce laughs. Small wonder: On the record Dixie is an extravagant and well-known […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I am always alone on Valentine’s Day. No romance, no relationship. It’s depressing. I know: whine, whine, whine. But I am tired of feeling sorry for myself on Valentine’s Day! So, do you have any ideas on what to do, where to go, any neat things I could do for myself or others […]

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Restaurant Tours: Budget Gourmets

Restaurants the world over have learned the lesson of the last presidential race: it’s the economy, stupid. In Paris, a dozen of France’s finest chefs have opened popularly priced bistros as adjuncts to their three-star dining palaces. And now several top local chefs and restaurateurs are taking a cue from their Parisian counterparts by downscaling–without […]

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A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love

These two remarkable Polish features by Krzysztof Kieslowski, made respectively in 1987 and 1988 (and being shown for separate admissions), are both expanded versions of segments in his Decalogue, one of the key works in contemporary cinema, with each segment illustrating one of the Ten Commandments–though regrettably unseen and unavailable in this country apart from […]

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The Sports Section

By Ted Cox Throughout the first half of the season, most of the Bulls insisted that they weren’t a great team but merely a very good one. As recently as early last week, as the Bulls embarked on a six-game road trip leading to the all-star break, coach Phil Jackson maintained that the Bulls would […]

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Bleeding Clear

By his own admission, Shea Nangle rehearses his one-man autobiographical nightmare Bleeding Clear “to a bare minimum,” muttering to himself while walking down the street, waiting for elevators, or riding the el. “This isn’t the kind of piece I want a lot of people to overhear,” he explains–a paradoxical statement from a performer who publicly […]