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Chicago Fringe and Buskers Festival

This three-week showcase features clowns, monologuists, cabaret singers, stage magicians, dancers, and even a cantor. Performers from Chicago are augmented by artists from around the U.S.–New York to California and Minnesota to Hawaii–as well as from Russia, Brazil, and Canada. Produced, as it was last year, by John T. Mills and James Ellis, the Fringe […]

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Field & Street

By Jill Riddell One hundred twenty-three trees were killed last Sunday, and I’m confessing to the crime. I freely admit I single-handedly pulled a crop of tender young maples out by the roots and sent their corpses to the landfill. After a few days of steady rain I’d gone to check on the herbs and […]

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Tom Harrell/ Don Braden Quintet

TOM HARRELL/DON BRADEN QUINTET Trumpeter Tom Harrell’s fellow musicians regularly rave about his playing, and his lustrous new album, Labyrinth (RCA Victor), reminds you why. Like a scratch golfer, Harrell improvises with concise, well-directed strokes and always seems to reach his destination with a minimum of extravagance. Yet his best solos spark a cool excitement […]

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The Rock

Very entertaining action hokum, The Rock benefits hugely from the uses made of the three stars–Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris. Harris, evoking Dr. Strangelove’s Buck Turgidson, is a brigadier general so angry about the U.S. government’s refusal to honor the soldiers who died in covert operations that he kidnaps a bunch of tourists […]

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Godspell

Godspell, Centerlight Theatre, at the Calo Theatre. This company’s Chicago debut production of Godspell is inspiring: Centerlight Theatre, a division of the Center on Deafness in Northbrook, integrates deaf, hearing, and hearing-impaired actors, blending voice and sign language with graceful humor and ease. The ensemble work together in such a connected way that I lost […]

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Chicago Gospel Festival

Gicago Gospel Festival offers performances on two stages in Grant Park; the Early/Day Stage (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), and the Petrillo Music Shell. For information call 744-3312. Saturday EARLY/DAY Stage NOON Rance Allen Group 12:55 Tyrone Block & Love‚ Salvation & Devotion 1:40 The Anointed Ones 2:10 Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Gospel Choir 2:30 […]

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Leave Her to Heaven

It would be easy for those cynical about the classical Hollywood style to find fault with this 1946 John M. Stahl film, with its portentous music and hokey day-for-night cinematography. Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) is a kind of sub-Gone With the Wind antiheroine who, despite engineering a fast marriage to successful author Richard Harland (Cornel […]

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Still Life With Blue Roses

Usually when theater people announce they’re leaving Chicago, they go. Not Paula Killen. And while she’s hanging around, she works like crazy, putting on her own one-woman show (Niagara Falls: Straight to the Top), appearing in a play at the Goodman (A Pirate’s Lullaby), and performing as part of the Sex Talk series at the […]

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Hedwig Dances

The world of Jan Bartoszek’s choreography is a gracious, orderly one; movements unfold gently, birth comes as surely as death. Her new piece, Falling Into the Sky, part of the “Dances for the Deep Field” program, explores the archetypal relationship between a grandmother and her young granddaughter. Innocent and playful in the beginning, they share […]

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Symphony of the Shores

SYMPHONY OF THE SHORES Famous of course for his Mission: Impossible theme, the Argentinean-born Lalo Schifrin doesn’t quite belong in the pantheon of film composers Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Henry Mancini. But he’s definitely second echelon, a prolific, adroit tunesmith who’s always ready to churn out atmospheric materials for Hollywood blockbusters and TV […]

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LSC Elections Elaboration

As always, Ben Joravsky is all a journalist should be: unbiased, impartial, fair. It is virtual wizardry that he can get the people on opposing sides to believe the article was written from their viewpoint. Mr. Joravsky has worked his magic in presenting a balanced report of almost mathematical precision in his article entitled “Hard […]