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Dave McKenna

DAVE MCKENNA Earlier this year, Koch Records reissued a 1958 recording of pianist Dave McKenna leading a trio, long the most common setting for jazz pianists. But hearing McKenna in this context was shocking–because for the last two decades he has performed and recorded almost exclusively unaccompanied. During that time he has earned plaudits, especially […]

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Style Counsel

Garcia’s critics appear to be more concerned with his style than with the substance of his accomplishments [“How to Win Enemies and Influence People,” by Jeffrey Felshman, August 30]. Even if we were to only credit Rick Garcia with a lesser number of accomplishments, it appears that he and his few talented associates have single-handedly […]

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Old Man

Neil Young with Crazy Horse Broken Arrow (Reprise) By Jim DeRogatis I’d have a hard time declining the invitation if someone really wanted me to be there tonight when Neil Young and Crazy Horse play the New World Music Theatre. Like every other card-carrying rock critic, I’m a fan. I love each and every tune […]

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Spot Check

Silkworm 9/6, Empty Bottle In the wake of guitarist-vocalist Joel Phelps’s departure last year, the remaining three members of Seattle’s Silkworm (two of whom also sing) have moved ahead with remarkable spirit and focus. On the group’s fourth full-fledged album, guitarist Andy Cohen’s fecund improvisations (on “Slow Hands,” for instance) push the group into a […]

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Multiple Exposures

Hannah Wilke at Gallery 400, through September 21 By Fred Camper If she were really the simple narcissist many have accused her of being, Hannah Wilke wouldn’t have become the kind of artist she did. Wilke, a self-declared feminist who often performed and photographed herself in the nude, inspired resentment in the 60s and 70s […]

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Answers for AIDS

Justin Hayford’s criticism of a solely scientific approach to AIDS has some merits, because it doesn’t matter how you save a life [“The Second Epidemic,” August 23]. Yet I feel he has made the same error himself. He says that there are ways to prevent AIDS that are being ignored, but to those unskilled in […]

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Annie & Edward

ANNIE & EDWARD, Van Chester Productions, at the Heartland Studio Theater. Sean Farrell’s two-character one-act begins in limbo, with a man and woman sitting on chairs at opposite ends of an empty stage. This is a dangerous place to start a play, especially for a young writer with literary or intellectual pretensions. The temptation is […]

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It Took A Village

To the editors: Because of several omissions, the article on the mosaic project in Neighborhood News [August 23] gave the impression that it was initiated by Truman College. In fact, this project was a collaboration between a number of organizations and individuals which need mention to enlarge the context and to assert an exciting model […]

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City File

Look out! He’s got a car! Of the 249 on-the-job deaths in Illinois in 1995, the number due to shooting: 26; the number due to “transportation incidents”: 78 (Illinois Department of Public Health). Most entry-level jobs in metropolitan Chicago are not in the suburbs, according to a July report from the Illinois Job Gap Project […]

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Wings

A lovely and nuanced character study of a once-famous World War II fighter pilot named Nadezhda Petrovna (Maya Bulgakova) who becomes a provincial schoolmistress, raising her adopted daughter as a single mother. Larissa Shepitko’s 1966 black-and-white feature is stately and reflective in tempo in a way that reminds me of some of the late films […]

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On Exhibit: rocket man

In the late 1940s and early ’50s, the U.S. “space program” consisted of little more than a few captured German V-2s, and trips to the moon were still popularly regarded as the idle dream of adolescent boys. But a number of rocket engineers were already busy designing the spaceships of the near future. When their […]

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You Stink!

Congratulations on your recent “What Stinks!” article [August 23]. Once again, the Reader has proved itself to be the premier spunky and witty, irreverent voice of Chicago! Thank God Dr. Reader continues to have its fingers firmly on the pulse of the hippest people and aspects of this great city, and that its writers are […]

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Around the Coyote

Around the Coyote Running through September 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 following schedule. Coordinator Jonathan Pitts has organized some 40 theatrical offerings into programs loosely […]