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NYC Meets Chicago

NYC MEETS CHICAGO Jam sessions can be dicey propositions: They’re inherently disorganized, musicians can hog the stage, and inspiration is often missing in action. But the one set to follow this year’s Hyde Park/Kenwood Jaaz Fest ’96 looks plenty promising. (The one-day fest, with groups led by Malachi Thompson, Rita Warford, T.C. Carson, and Bobby […]

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The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol

The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol Over the last six years or so Chicago’s theater scene has been flooded with literary adaptations. But few have approached the power, polish, and grit of the Theatre de Complicite’s take on John Berger’s novel Pig Earth. Retelling Berger’s earthy, gloomy, violent story of a misfit peasant woman, Lucie […]

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Off the Mark

In my August 23 Calendar story “Group Efforts: Demonstration of Affection,” I mistakenly identified an anthology by local gay and lesbian writers as On the Rocks. The correct title is Off the Rocks, and the book is published by New Town Writers. John Sanchez

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Psychoacoustic Orchestra

PSYCHOACOUSTIC ORCHESTRA This weekend’s Chicago Jazz Fest offers no less than five wildly varied large-ensemble performances; even so, you’ll find one of the weekend’s most impressive big bands ensconced miles away from Grant Park. That shouldn’t bother composer-arranger Patrick Kelly and his PsychoAcoustic Orchestra, who are no strangers to life off the beaten path: they’re […]

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City File

All right! Who’s been proofreading with the spell checker again? From a recent suburban press release: “Excellent Whether Makes for Outstanding year at Festival.” Things welfare “reformers” don’t want to know, from “Welfare Reform and Child Care” (July), Toni Henle and Eve Ali’s paper for the Illinois Job Gap Project: “Workers just entering the labor […]

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Chicago Jazz Festival

FRIDAY JAZZ ON JACKSON STAGE noon Steve Cooper’s “Tribute to Red Nichols” 1:10 Southport All-Stars with Bradley Parker-Sparrow, Tatsu Aoki, Michael Raynor, Bobby Lewis, Michael Mason, Frank Portolese, Dave Onderdonk, Paulinho Garcia, Joanie Pallatto & April Alosio 2:20 Ghanatta Internationale 3:30 Candoli Brothers PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL 5pm Ahmad Jamal Quartet 6 Ari Brown Quartet 6:55 […]

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Around the Coyote

Around the Coyote Running September 4 through 8, the seventh annual edition of this Wicker Park/Bucktown weekend festival claims to be the nation’s largest studio walk and arts exhibition, showcasing emerging artists in all media–including theater and performance, as reflected in the schedule below. Coordinator Jonathan Pitts has organized some 40 theatrical offerings into programs […]

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Messenger of the Mediocre

Dear Reader: I am writing to commend Adam Langer in shamelessly abetting the transparent agenda of Reader editors to exalt yet another of a spate of self-marginalized middle managers to the level of artists [“Celluloid Antihero,” August 9]. Langer wisely eschews any critique (but perhaps he has never seen one) of Jim Sikora’s films in […]

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Red House Painters

RED HOUSE PAINTERS With the fifth Red House Painters release, Songs for a Blue Guitar, bandleader Mark Kozelek still conjures the wannabe poet in the local cafe scribbling down weak metaphors for his personal travails. “Have You Forgotten,” a sweetly sung meditation on nostalgia and loss, actually contains the couplet “That’s when friends were nice […]

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Film listings are compiled from information available Monday, Occasionally bookings change after our deadline; we suggest you call ahead for confirmation. Submissions to the film listings are always welcome, but must include a phone number for publication. Commentary by Jonathan Rosenbaum and, where noted, by Fred Camper (FC), Don Druker (DD), Pat Graham (PG), Dave […]