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Feeding the Moonfish

Feeding the Moonfish, Sanctuary Productions, at Voltaire. If I hadn’t already seen a flawed but far superior production of Barbara Wiechmann’s dreamy one-act, I would probably have assumed this play was pompous nonsense. And admittedly the setup is somewhat pat and contrived, reminiscent of John Patrick Shanley: late at night on a Florida pier, a […]

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION It’s hard not to see Now I Got Worry (Matador), the most recent album from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, as something of a step backward. The trio’s previous LP, Orange, and the EP of remixes that followed initiated a rather invigorating dalliance with weird hip-hop collage, backing up Spencer’s postmodern […]

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Hu Du Men

Hu Du Men The title of this entertaining 1996 Hong Kong movie, also known as Stage Door, is a Cantonese opera term for the imaginary line separating the stage from backstage, which becomes emblematic of the divisions in the story. That story, adapted by Raymond To Kwok-wai from his own play, concerns the producer and […]

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Sports Section

Being a Russian must be a lot like being a Blackhawks fan: things are royally screwed up and have been for years, and for as long as anyone can remember there’s been a despot at the top. Yet in each case one’s natural allegiance is secure, because after all it’s the homeland (or home team), […]

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Poor Devils and Buffalo Roam

POOR DEVILS and BUFFALO ROAM, Annex Theatre Company, at Stage Left Theatre. This entertaining evening of new tragicomedies offers a look into the twisted, creative minds of local playwrights Steve Hughes and Greg Owens, both of whom take ordinary locations and shift our perspective to just this side of strange. In Buffalo Roam, Owens’s short […]

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Spot Check

MOVIEGOERS 3/14, BEAT KITCHEN Thoughtful lyrics (“You learn a lot about people when you let them talk”), restrained delivery, and a clean instrumental attack characterize the moderate Jonathan Richman-esque pop-rock on the new sophomore set from this local foursome, Twinpop (Hear Diagonally). Not one of the season’s blockbusters, but probably a damn fine date band. […]

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Trapped in the Pits

Saved Azusa Productions at Profiles Theatre By Jack Helbig Edward Bond’s brutal, blankly honest slice-of-life drama ignited a firestorm of controversy when it opened in 1965. Conservative critics howled–the man at the middle-of-the-road Tribune-like Daily Telegraph reported feeling “cold disgust” for a work that features the senseless murder of a baby–while more progressive critics like […]

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Home Wreckers

asproyer.qxd [Re: Neighborhood News, February 28] The issue of Delray Farms goes beyond the travesty of demolishing the Goldblatt’s building. As evidenced by their other locations, what will be built in its place is as unsensitive to the viability of this neighborhood as Delray has been to the community residents. By replacing one of the […]

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The Straight Dope

SUCKING UP Mama mia, Cecil! The sci.physics crowd’s pathetic shot at explaining how anyone can suck up spaghetti [February 14] makes one wonder why our tax dollars are still subsidizing hopeless efforts at science education. We might as well be funding pictures of naked thermocouples. These wonks have missed the point entirely. Spaghetti sucking is […]

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Orfield’s Maps

devise.qxd Re: “The Great Divide” [January 31] Harold Henderson’s carefully researched review of Myron Orfield’s “Chicago Regional Report” to the MacArthur Foundation offers a mixed bag of praise and criticism for the author and sponsor, some of it undeserved. Orfield is praised for producing “stunning,” easily readable maps of suburban fiscal and economic disparities in […]

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David Thomas & Two Pale Boys

DAVID THOMAS & TWO PALE BOYS I once read an interview in which David Thomas good-humoredly acknowledged that he has to buy his clothes at big-and-tall specialty shops. But what the man’s too modest to say is that his outsize talents also require a roomier framework. This is borne out by his track record with […]