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Night Owls

NIGHT OWLS Taking its name from a 1930s novelty tune associated with vaudeville performer Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, this cabaret revue of vintage American song showcases two remarkable singer-instrumentalists, Kevin Cole and Morgan Evans, whose superb technique is wedded to a ripe affinity for music of the 20s and 30s. Pianist-arranger Cole is best known […]

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Protease Positives

wolen.qxd Dear editor, As the health-care provider of Sonja (I am her nurse-practitioner, not her doctor), I want to comment on protease inhibitors and add a few points [“Bitter Pills,” April 25]. First, I thought Justin Hayford drew a sensitive, personal portrait that rang true with the Sonja that I know. Her struggles demonstrate that […]

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City File

Oh, that’s just the tap water talking. Social-work professor Larry Bennett of the University of Illinois at Chicago notes in a May press release that “in 75 percent of all [domestic violence] battering incidents, neither party had been drinking.” CPS Follies, volume MXMVII: On April 10 Gladstone Elementary School OK’d its school-improvement program. On April […]

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Blues Festival Sidebar

Thursday, JUNE 5 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL offers performances on five stages in Grant Park: the Front Porch Stage (Columbus and Jackson), the Crossroads Stage (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), the Showcase Stage (Jackson and Columbus, schedule yet to be announced), the Juke Joint Stage (Columbus and Monroe), and the Petrillo Music Shell. For information call […]

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The Price of Infamy

John Lydon on the Late Late Show With Tom Snyder, May 23 Last Friday, nearly 17 years after their notorious face-off on NBC’s Tomorrow Show, John Lydon sat down for his second interview with Tom Snyder. Back in 1980 Lydon, still acting relatively Rotten, cadged cigarettes off Snyder, ignored his questions, and muttered snide remarks […]

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The Straight Dope

##SEX IN SPACE, CONTINUED (ABSOLUTE LAST TIME WE WRITE ABOUT THIS) Regarding the recent discussion of sex in space [February 28, April 11], I have here the book Liftoff by Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 command module pilot. On page 191 he discusses various medical concerns on these long missions. Seems the NASA doctors were […]

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Jaki Byard & Michael Marcus

JAKI BYARD & MICHAEL MARCUS Despite the 30-year difference in their ages, reedman Michael Marcus and 75-year-old pianist Jaki Byard belong together: both qualify as either free-thinking traditionalists or, if you prefer, history-minded modernists. Marcus has looked for inspiration to two of the most iconoclastic saxists in the annals of jazz. He’s resurrected the manzello […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 5/30 – Thursday 6/5 MAY By Cara Jepsen 30 FRIDAY Over the past three years residents of Uptown and Edgewater have developed and performed theatrical works for the community under the name Scrap Mettle Soul. The ensemble aims to cut across generational, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds and provide members with self-confidence, role models, […]

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Friends of Dean Martinez

FRIENDS OF DEAN MARTINEZ The sting of sand blown against your face, the flap of bat-wing saloon doors . . . the slurp of a cool foofoo drink? On The Shadow of Your Smile (Sub Pop), Friends of Dean Martinez’s 1995 debut, John Convertino and Joey Burns of Giant Sand joined Van Christian, Tom Larkins, […]

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Katzelmacher

Katzelmacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s second feature (1969) is something like the decanted essence of his work. There’s less plot than usual, but the portraiture already seems firmly in place. Based on his own play, the film consists largely of a lot of deadbeats standing around on the street in a Munich suburb, abusing women and […]

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Dad’s Ham

DAD’S HAM, Trap Door Theatre. Catherine Sullivan is destined to become a great voice in the American avant-garde. But for now she’s holed up in Trap Door’s tiny theater, creating more thoughtful, aggravating, mysterious, entertaining moments in an hour than most companies can in a season. Dad’s Ham, which Sullivan wrote and directed, is a […]

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Magnetic Fields

MAGNETIC FIELDS The Magnetic Fields’ albums are meticulously layered, but not in the way contemporary musical trends might lead you to expect. Rather than stirring in trip-hop beats or meandering passages played on vintage keyboards, leader Stephin Merritt dolls up his graceful, unforgettable melodies in a decade-hopping array of time-tested pop fashions. “You and Me […]