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Robin Steele

Robin Steele, at National Pastime Theater. There’s been a healthy appetite for stories about rogues, villains, and con men ever since the 18th century at least, when Henry Fielding, John Gay, and Daniel Defoe wrote their popular accounts of such proto gangsters as Jonathan Wild, Macheath, and Moll Flanders. But I doubt the predilection for […]

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Stranger Than Delores

STRANGER THAN DELORES, Naked Earth Theatre, at European Repertory Company. Since the death of their son, Maddie and Madison have become strangers to each other–or so they pretend. Rendezvousing at the train station where Madison works as a security guard, they improvise scene after scene of fortuitous introduction. But no amount of playacting can erase […]

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Field & Street

By Jerry Sullivan I found my best bird of the spring at Berger Park last Friday morning. Berger Park is at Sheridan and Granville. Most mornings my dog and I take a stroll around it, me looking at the lake, the sky, and the trees, the dog looking at the ground as she sniffs for […]

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Chris Cochrane’s Suck Pretty

CHRIS COCHRANE’S SUCK PRETTY With his new band Suck Pretty, Lower East Side guitarist Chris Cochrane molds rock experimentalism, pop hooks, and queer politics into one unified entity. A longtime citizen of John Zorn’s genre-hopping nation, Cochrane has worked with Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, and David Garland and served in bands like Bongwater, the Same, […]

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Sunday Too Far Away

Perhaps the best thing about Ken Hannam’s 1975 film about sheepshearing in central Australia in 1956 is that he doesn’t try to impose too much structure on the action. He appealingly captures the landscape, the repetitive actions of shearing, the shearers’ drinking, and the sometimes slow, sometimes competitive aspects of their lives. There are a […]

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Joffrey Ballet of Chicago

In its downtown debut Chicago’s newest ballet troupe offers a little something for everyone. For fans of Gerald Arpino, the artistic director, there are three of his classic works; for Chicago chauvinists, revivals of two works by Randy Duncan, former artistic director of the now-defunct Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre. For fans of women there’s […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In April a judge in Milwaukee threw out the lawsuit of Mary Verdev, 73, who said she incurred about $90,000 in injuries in 1990 when a Catholic church’s large bingo board fell on her. She claimed that as a result of her injuries she “suffered” spontaneous orgasms and found herself attracted to women. […]