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Back to the Subject

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg: Sonnenstand (Stations of the Sun) at the Art Institute, through March 16 On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam, Photographs by Joel Sternfeld at the Art Institute, through March 30 Nic Nicosia: Acts and Sex Acts at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, through March 15 By Fred Camper “The outlines of all things seemed more clearly marked […]

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Sleepy LaBeef

SLEEPY LABEEF Honky-tonk legend Sleepy LaBeef never managed to cash in on the 80s rockabilly minirevival–but then, he’s never cashed in on anything in his life. It’s both LaBeef’s blessing and his curse to be saddled with the kind of integrity that’s as difficult to transform into a commodity as it is to squelch. His […]

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New Traditionalists

Marva Lee Pitchford Jolly at Satori, through March 31 Mark Maher: Color Xerox Icons at Aron Packer, through March 29 By Fred Camper Since the industrial revolution, factory labor and advances in technology have increasingly disconnected culture from community and from the land. Modernist and postmodernist artists have responded by accepting the rift between art […]

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Paul Wertico’s Wicked Sics

PAUL WERTICO’S WICKED SICS The hyperkineticism of drummer Paul Wertico isn’t confined to his aggressively inventive rhythms and fills: it extends to the gamut of configurations he runs whenever he gets time off from his regular gig with the Pat Metheny Group. Wertico’s Sybil act has come to a head in the Wicked Sics, in […]

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Spot Check

THURSTON’S Chicago’s 9 Day Wonder, featuring two ex-members of …These Days, has a long way to go to match the prolificacy (or pretentiousness) of Guided by Voices, but it packs enough melodic urgency and punchy hooks into Hrejk (King of the Snowmen) (Melt) to distinguish itself from the countless other edgy pop-rockers currently swarming the […]

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Photographic Memory

In my Calendar profile of reporter Ed Baumann (February 21), I misidentified Vern Whaley as the man who photographed the electrocution of James “Mad Dog” Morelli with a concealed camera strapped to his leg. The photo was taken by Joe Migon, who, according to Whaley’s recollection, hid a tiny camera in the heel of his […]

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SubUrbia

Richard Linklater, adhering to the same 24-hour frame of his first three features (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise), directs a fine adaptation of Eric Bogosian’s tragicomic play about the frustrated lives of several 20-year-old suburbanites, spent mainly in parking lots and pushed to a crisis point when an old friend who’s made it big […]

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Immortal Combat

When We Were Kings Rating *** A must see Directed by Leon Gast. By Reece Pendleton Muhammad Ali is everywhere again, from television documentaries to books with such improbable titles as The Tao of Muhammad Ali and his own Healing: A Journal of Tolerance and Understanding to his much-publicized appearance at the Olympics last summer. […]

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Barrymore

John Barrymore’s Hamlet “had a withering wit….Though undisciplined, it crackled with the lightning of personality,” wrote the critic John Mason Brown; he could just as well have been describing the flamboyant, self-destructive star himself. Barrymore’s back in Chicago (where he made his stage debut in 1903), uncannily reincarnated by Christopher Plummer in this Broadway-bound tour […]

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True Books

Generation x: Field Guide and Lexicon, by Vann Wesson (Orion Media, $12.95). Synopsis: The generation born between 1961 and 1981 is a cohesive group, “not afraid of the digital future” yet “unwilling to slave for 40-odd years in an unhappy work environment.” They actually use terms such as “choiceamundo,” “scrut,” and “bogulate.” Representative Quote: “Though […]

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Benny Green Trio

BENNY GREEN TRIO On the newly released Kaleidoscope (Blue Note), the eighth album under Benny Green’s name, the 34-year-old pianist does something he hasn’t done since his first album: he moves beyond the piano trio format. In the process, he also escapes some of the stultifying stylistic boundaries that threatened his considerable talent. Ever since […]

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Heady Moral High Ground

Dear Reader: As a writer and “ideologue” at Chicago Ink newspaper, I enjoyed Michael Miner’s Hot Type of February 28, wherein Steve Rhodes, a Newsweek “stringer,” was quoted refusing to participate at Chicago Ink because it was a “leftist publication trapped in an ideological prism.” Rhodes’s coup de grace was “I’m a journalist, not an […]

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The House Is Black

The most powerful Iranian film I’ve seen is this 20-minute black-and-white 1962 documentary made by Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967), commonly regarded as the greatest 20th-century Persian poet. It’s her only film and its subject is a leper colony in northern Iran. Part of what’s so special about it is its seamless adaptation of the techniques of […]