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Dance Details

smith.qxd Dear Editor, I was delighted with Mike Ervin’s article about the collaboration of my dance company, Dance Detour, with dancers from the Joffrey Ballet and Bryant Ballet [Our Town, April 11]. It really captured the spirit of how dancers with and without wheelchairs can reach an entirely new artistic realm of movement together. The […]

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Pomo Folkies

They Might Be Giants Then: The Earlier Years (Restless) Factory Showroom (Elektra) Though it’s been 16 years since junior high pals John Flansburgh and John Linnell reunited in a Brooklyn apartment as the brilliantly annoying They Might Be Giants, they have yet to alter their haircuts, learn how to play a decent guitar solo, or […]

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Sports Section

Worrisome cracks appeared in the Bulls’ facade as the 1996-’97 regular season came to an end. Not only did they lose three of their final four games to fall short of 70 wins, each of those losses came at the hands of a potential playoff opponent: the Detroit Pistons, the Miami Heat, and the New […]

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Light Shining In Buckinghamshire

LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Blue Star Performance Company, at the Church of the Atonement. This debut production delivers some of the best ensemble acting I’ve ever seen off-Loop. Caryl Churchill’s didactic 1976 study of England’s 17th-century civil wars ranges from touching to tedious, but the cast gathered by director Amy Ludwig for this Chicago premiere […]

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African Film Festival

African Film Festival The third annual African Film Festival, presented by Columbia College’s Department of Film and Video, concludes this weekend, running Friday through Sunday, April 25 through 27. Screenings are free at the Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan; the Collins Theater, 624 S. Michigan; the Hokin Hall Theater, 623 S. Wabash; and the Center […]

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Spot Check

CHIEFTAINS 4/25, Rosemont theatre You know they’re Irish, you know they’re good at it, and as far as I know this show, unlike their recent records, will be blissfully free of celebrity cameos. KRINKLES 4/25, Weeds; 4/26, Martyrs’ This is a release party for their new album, Three Ringos, which is packed with the sort […]

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Music Notes: at home with improvisation

Epiphanies, by their nature, tend to just arrive–you can’t usually schedule them. An exception takes place this weekend, when the Unity Temple in Oak Park hosts a concert by the invigorating jazz pianist Myra Melford, who credits the temple’s designer, Frank Lloyd Wright, as a major influence on her work. Yes, yes–Wright drew buildings, Melford […]

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The Sty of the Blind Pig

THE STY OF THE BLIND PIG, Onyx Theatre Ensemble, at the Edgewater Theatre Center. The story is the stuff of mythology: a parent and adult child are locked into a stifling relationship. Then a stranger comes, stirs things up, and brings a bit of hope to a hopeless situation. In Phillip Hayes Dean’s three-act play, […]

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Sally Timms

SALLY TIMMS Sally Timms may have a penchant for the trappings of country-and-western music, wearing a cowboy hat in the portrait on the cover of her To the Land of Milk and Honey (Feel Good All Over) and calling her new EP Cowboy Sally (Bloodshot), but the English-born Chicago resident is no one-dimensional Nashville songbird. […]

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The Hot Mikado

THE HOT MIKADO, Drury Lane Dinner Theatre. Joyously debuted locally in 1993 at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, David Bell and Rob Bowman’s swing adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Japanese” operetta is a nonstop, unstoppable delight, from its boogie-woogie hepcats in flaming zoot suits and fedoras to its Andrews Sisters “three little maids” in bodice-busting frippery and […]

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City File

“Despite four decades of job suburbanization, Chicago still has 11% more jobs than employed labor force (ELF), or workers living in the city, and the suburbs combined had 2% fewer jobs than ELF,” reports Roosevelt University’s Pierre deVise in a recent press release. “Economic interdependence between Chicago and its suburbs is undiminished…. The suburban affluent […]

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News Of The Weird

Lead Stories Life imitates Monty Python: The Salem (Massachusetts) Evening News reported in March that Carmen LaBrecque, 51, had to outrun a rabid skunk for 15 minutes before an animal control officer arrived to shoot it. Unable to slow down enough even to open her front door and get inside, La Brecque circled her yard […]

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Democracy’s Shining Lamp

Alderman Edward Burke introduced a laudatory death resolution for a former Illinois state treasurer who was convicted of bank fraud for a multimillion dollar check-kiting scheme. No one noticed. It passed. Burke’s paean to Jerry Cosentino was reminiscent of his speeches on behalf of Richard Nixon, whose troubles are too well-known to need repeating, and […]