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Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band

RAY ANDERSON’S POCKET BRASS BAND In this quartet you get one drummer and enough brass tubing for a block of Bucktown rehabs: a tuba handles the lines normally played by a string bass, thus forming a pianoless rhythm section with the drummer, which in turn allows a trumpet and a trombone to strut and tailgate […]

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Sports Section

Stately, plump Terry Bevington stood by the batting cage, leaning against the chest-level bar across the back, until the White Sox were through with batting practice and it was the Cubs’ turn to hit. Then, with a few halloos to friends on the Cubs, he crossed the field and descended into the Sox dugout and […]

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Crisol

CRISOL It’s hard to know where to start singing the praises of Crisol’s just-released Habana (Verve). You could credit young trumpet superstar Roy Hargrove for finally giving himself over to the Afro-Cuban rhythms that have percolated through his recordings since 1990. You could home in on the marvelous Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes, cofounder of the […]

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Spot Check

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band 7/4, Fitzgerald’s This second-generation zydeco star could have more trouble with his father’s ghost than Hamlet–if he were the sort to be preoccupied with that crap. But his incorporation of bits of jazz, funk, and R & B indicates a slight overeagerness to please the masses rather […]

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The Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf The lone wolf of Clark and Diversey, Steak ‘n Egger, Cheeks–the guy who looked like Paul Newman and lived alone above the Logos Book Store–is dead. The circumstances of his death, like the circumstances of his life, are in great dispute. Officially, he was said to have overdosed on some mix of […]

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The Straight Dope

I just hit 40 and still have an unanswered question from my teens that has always bothered me. Aerosmith in “Sweet Emotion” sings about being accused of impregnating a girl. At the end of the verse they sing, “Can’t catch me ’cause the rabbit done died,” referring to a pregnancy test. Arguments start over just […]

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Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago: In addition to all that food, Taste of Chicago offers free musical performances on several stages in Grant Park: the Fun Stage (Jackson and Michigan), the Fox Diner (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), the Taste Stage (Michigan and Congress), and the Petrillo Music Shell (Columbus and Jackson). For information call 312-744-3370. FRIDAY […]

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Lesser Children of the Gods

Death Defying Acts SummerNITE at the Bailiwick Arts Center By Adam Langer This evening of one-acts is either a testament to the playwrights’ talents or an indictment of the flaccidity of modern American drama: Woody Allen, David Mamet, and Elaine May have more work of value at the bottom of their drawers than other contemporary […]

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Beyond Therapy

BEYOND THERAPY, CollaborAction, at Voltaire. The chosen prey in Christopher Durang’s acerbic 90-minute send-up of psychiatry are hucksters who sell quick fixes to desperate people. Peddling comforting lies, they try to cut through life’s complexities–only to paralyze their patients. More than a title, Beyond Therapy is the goal Durang dangles before two perplexed losers: Bruce, […]

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Ella

Ella worked at teh Belair for ten years, and on the third floor exclusively for the last five. The news of her sudden death–she was only in her 40s–sent show waves through the building…. Five years ago, Ella replaced Bea, the wild one. Beah had a little “bad” in her, and that’s what we liked. […]