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Amati Quartet

I’m rarely moved by publicity material, but a quote in the Amati Quartet’s demands notice: “A concert by the Amati Quartet,” reads the personal, hand-signed letter, “was one of the most thrilling concerts I have ever attended.” The author? No less than master violinist Yehudi Menuhin. That’s serious backing, in string-music terms. And indeed, the […]

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The New Yorkers

The New Yorkers, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre. This is the Cole Porter musical said to be “lost” for 65 years. Boasting a cast of 100 (including Jimmy Durante) and three bands, it proved too expensive for Depression-era Broadway. Recently re-created by Manhattan’s Musical Theater Works and now reprised in Anthony Stimac and Dyanne Earley’s plucky revival […]

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shattered Globe Theatre. You might call them The Libertine’s outriders: two separate stagings, one before and one after the much-publicized Steppenwolf production, of the periwig-and-polonaise fable of good men undone by their bad-boy habits: Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ Les liaisons dangereuses. The non-Equity Shattered Globe ensemble does remarkably […]

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Guillermo Gregorio

Composer and alto saxophonist/clarinetist Guillermo Gregorio creates music of spatial and temporal luxury. Born in Buenos Aires 54 years ago, Gregorio has lived all over the world (he currently resides in Michigan City, Indiana) and possesses a broad slate of experience. Though he’s worked with an Argentinean Fluxus group, performed the work of 20th-century composers, […]

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Lounge Ax Seeks Schulter in a Storm

The alderman who oversees the city’s business-license structure, the 47th Ward’s Eugene Schulter, says that he’s been hearing “horror stories” from businesses all over the city. One of concern to music fans involves Lounge Ax. According to the city’s liquor commission, the club, which has been presenting live music almost every night for the past […]

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Sex Talk: Jimmy Doyle

Cranky, cracked, queer, cuddly Catholic comic Jimmy Doyle has the knack. He knows how to confide in an audience, how to entertain even while stripping his soul bare–revealing his deepest fears, his most tender vulnerabilities, his tortured childhood, suicidal mom, insensitive blue-collar dad-and entertain us at the same time. In his current show, part of […]

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Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago

When I saw Muntu’s Woloba in December 1994, it happened to be on the same weekend I caught the Ruth Page Nutcracker at Arie Crown. Both were full-length narrative ballets suitable for family viewing, but the values they revealed about their respective cultures couldn’t have been more different. Perhaps because ballet is an inherently aristocratic […]

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From Our Archives

Perhaps we’ve missed something, but one question remains unanswered for us: has everyone gone mad? We’re talking here about children flying planes! Rachel Carter started flying at a mere seven years old, when she probably had all her baby teeth and hoped to pass Santa and his reindeer. Isn’t it enough that in the waning […]

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On Exhibit: beauty in Japanese cabinets

While apprenticing with Martin Puryear in the mid-80s, David Jackson was browsing through the sculptor’s library one day and came across a book about the traditional Japanese cabinetry known as tansu. Though Jackson had studied sculpture at the School of the Art Institute, he had already developed an interest in Japanese folk art. “Joinery, teahouses, […]