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Gray Areas

Roy DeCarava at the Art Institute of Chicago, through September 15 By Stephen Longmire Not long ago I was wondering what it would take for a photograph to show the photographer’s love for the people portrayed. Roy DeCarava’s best pictures–such as Sherry, Susan, Laura, Wendy, a 1983 study of the artist’s wife and (presumably) their […]

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Milt Jackson

MILT JACKSON I’d have to guess that anyone this far into the music section–in fact, most anyone who has even opened the music section–knows about Milt Jackson, the sad-faced vibraphonist who fronted the Modern Jazz Quartet. Just as the long-lived MJQ has introduced more listeners to jazz than almost any other musical enterprise, so has […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In July police in Brooklyn accused Gail Murphy, 47, bedridden on her stomach while recovering from hemorrhoid surgery, of shooting her husband to death because he had gone on a six-hour fishing trip. Said a police investigator, “She felt that her husband didn’t demonstrate that he cared for her on that particular day.” […]

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Royal Nonesuch

Event for Remembering Mathew Wilson at the Equitable Building plaza, August 28 By Justin Hayford On an August day so beautiful it could almost restore your faith in Chicago summers, in the vast public plaza in front of the Equitable Building on Michigan Avenue, photographers and cameramen lug expensive equipment, tape down cable, check light […]

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Petty Crime

August 3, 4:25 AM, 4100 Block of West Marquette.Arson. Man notified police that two men had brandished a shotgun and stolen his car. Police found burned-out car in alley a few blocks away. The officers questioned man again, and he admitted to setting the fire himself as a protest against the rates charged by his […]

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Grandmother in Four Acts, the Dusky Woman, and Excuse Me, What Are You?

GRANDMOTHER IN FOUR ACTS, the dusky woman, and excuse me, what are you?, at the Famous Door Theatre Company. Any of these three one-woman shows could easily have devolved into yet another “poor little me” whimper, but writer-performers Lisa Wax, Judith Greer, and Donna Jay Fulks all acknowledge that life’s sorrows are fundamentally ridiculous and […]

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Northside/Southside

Northside/southside, Sun Partners, Inc., at the Theatre Building. This revival of Kathleen and Robert Lombardo’s play-within-a-play musical exploration of two women from very different parts of Chicago does little more than provide a bit of entertainment and tell a superficial story. We first meet Kimberly and Janet backstage preparing for a cabaret show. Then the […]

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Paul Plimley

PAUL PLIMLEY Some musicians bust onto the scene out of nowhere, while others slowly build up a body of work that eventually cannot be ignored. Until a few years ago, Canadian pianist Paul Plimley was the proverbial tortoise, toiling diligently in Vancouver, the wonders of his unique approach barely known to the rest of the […]

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Family Plots

Orphans CT20 Ensemble at Bailiwick Arts Center Kingerera Great Famous Door Theatre Company By Adam Langer As the family unit of wife, husband, two kids, and a dog has lost ground, American playwrights have had to look elsewhere for their subjects. As divorce skyrocketed and even Albee-esque husband-wife sniping was fast becoming outdated, theater looked […]