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Moving Toward Unity

Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Auditorium Theatre, May 9-11 Rites & Rituals Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago at the Shubert Theatre, May 15-18 By Joseph Houseal Since the inception of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1968, the status of black people worldwide has changed, and so has the dance world. To think of DTH […]

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The Long Way Home

Road Movie Great Jones Theatre Company and Starving Artists at Bailiwick Arts Center Viper’s Opium Great Jones Theatre Company and Starving Artists at Bailiwick Arts Center By Jack Helbig “Man is born to sorrow as the sparks fly upward.” The worst thing about this line from the Book of Job is that it’s true. Thrown […]

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The City Livable

By Michael Miner “I left the Tribune in May 1991, and we left Chicago about a year later. We had always planned to retire early,” Lois Wille was telling me. “At that point I’d been writing editorials since late 1977, and after a while I felt I was writing about the same problems over and […]

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Monuments of Geometry

Sol LeWitt at Gallery 312, through June 14 Fred Sandback at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, through June 14 Margaret Ponce Israel: A Retrospective: 1950-1987 at Perimeter Gallery, through June 7 By Fred Camper Viewing Sol LeWitt’s 14-foot tower of concrete blocks and mortar at Gallery 312, one immediately wonders how they got it into the room–it’s […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I was one of those people who came out in high school. I grew up in a small town and began my journey out of the closet during my senior year. I would never have done it if it weren’t for people like Ellen DeGeneres. Famous people like DeGeneres and Greg Louganis make […]

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Somewhere in Between

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN, at the O Bar & Cafe. Jasper, the hapless hero of Craig Pospisil’s ultralite one-act, is your garden-variety young New Yorker: he just turned 30, hates his job as a complaint handler for a TV station, and craves a life–as in sex. His brain fade is exacerbated by captious colleagues, a control-freak […]

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Spot Check

LYDIA LUNCH & CYNTHIA PLASTER CASTER 5/30, Lounge Ax Lydia Lunch has never been given her due as a wit, and Cynthia Plaster Caster has never been given hers for her brilliantly intimate interpretations of rock history, so the pairing of the two woefully underrated great minds should yield a frothy mixture of truth and […]

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Heavy on Its Feet

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed by Steven Spielberg Written by David Koepp With Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vanessa Lee Chester, Vince Vaughn, Arliss Howard, and Pete Postlethwaite. By Bill Stamets At the Chicago premiere of The Lost World, I overheard a Universal Studios publicist vainly cautioning some parents with […]

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True Books

To Be a Man: Letters to My Grandson, by Charlton Heston (Simon & Schuster, $17.95). Synopsis: The veteran actor passes along wisdom to his beloved young grandson, Jack, preparing him for our “rogue culture” weakened by handout-hungry immigrants and such outrages as when “male heterosexual students are required to stand on street corners and proclaim […]

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Tricky Beat

Various Artists Kerouac–Kicks Joy Darkness (Rykodisc) By Monica Kendrick In his memoir Palm Sunday, Kurt Vonnegut tells a harrowing story about his son Mark meeting Jack Kerouac very late in Kerouac’s life: upon observing the young man’s bohemian work clothes and his duffel bag, Kerouac took him for yet another of the On the Road-inspired […]

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Weslia Whitfield

WESLIA WHITFIELD When it comes to maneuvering the tightrope between jazz and cabaret singing, few do it more gracefully than Weslia Whitfield. In her performances, she offers listeners a highly personal tour of the museum of American popular song, gathering them in front of classic Porters and Gershwins–reframed by lustrous arrangements–but also sneaking them down […]