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Solomon Burke

SOLOMON BURKE Solomon Burke is one of the most fabled of the original soul vocalists. His series of hits on Atlantic in the 60s (including “Just out of Reach,” “Cry to Me,” and “Tonight’s the Night”) played a major role in defining the genre–and gave early rockers some ideas as well. And although he hasn’t […]

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Flyin’ West

Flyin’ West The Edgewater-based Onyx Theatre Ensemble, one of the most impressive new companies to emerge in the last couple of years, has earned a reputation for well-crafted, interesting productions on African-American themes, including its much-lauded East Texas Hot Links and documentary-style examination of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, Unquestioned Integrity. Next week, as part […]

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The Make-Up

The Make-Up July 15, Fireside Bowl By Daniel Sinker “I know you’ve seen it all before, but tonight we’re gonna breathe some life back into that old corpse,” Ian Svenonious promises the flock gathered at the Fireside Bowl on an exceptionally warm Tuesday night to hear his band, the Make-Up, preach their Gospel Yeh-Yeh. He […]

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Christoph Eschenbach

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH The 19th century had its Liszts and Mendelssohns, but of the notable conductors of this century, almost none has dared to pursue a parallel career as a soloist. Toscanini, FurtwŠngler, and Bruno Walter confined their time and energy entirely to the podium; while Szell, Bernstein, and Solti were ace pianists, they performed infrequently […]

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City File

Silicon Alley? It’s in the works, according to Vanessa Hughes, writing in Chicago Software Newspaper: “A software company business incubator district [is] slated to spring up in the South Loop….The plan is to designate an area of the city for IT [information technology] companies to set up shop in older underutilized buildings. The city is […]

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Smash The Museums

Ornette Coleman July 9 and 10, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York By Peter Margasak In a way, Ornette Coleman’s four-night stand in the hallowed halls of Lincoln Center would have been exceptionally gratifying no matter how the actual performances turned out. As the founding father of free jazz, Coleman […]

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The Straight Dope

What do you know about those plastic ion laundry balls that supposedly replace detergent? –RosenClan, via AOL Here’s what I know: (1) People are charging as much as $75 for a set of little gizmos that look like they came as a prize in a Happy Meal. (2) Fifty bucks a set is more typical, […]

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Crowtown

CROWTOWN, Curious Theatre Branch. As playwright Beau O’Reilly himself admits in a program note, his newest play returns to themes and approaches explored again and again by the folks at the Curious Theatre Branch over ten years: myths, magic, nonlinear or eccentric storytelling, the tightness of tribes, and the inevitable violence that erupts when they […]

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The Night

The Night Described by some as a rare account of the creation of the state of Israel “from the Arab perspective,” this 1992 Syrian film is more a view of 1940s Syrian culture, with historical events forming a vital backdrop. Director Mohamad Malas centers on a family in the Golan Heights town of Kuneitra, which […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 7/25 – Thursday 7/31 JULY By Cara Jepsen 25 FRIDAY Margaret Burroughs is a teacher, civil rights activist, painter, and writer whose famous poem “What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?” has been read into the Congressional Record and translated into a few languages. She’s perhaps best known in Chicago as a […]

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Field & Street

The source of Tyler Creek is in farmland in Rutland Township in Kane County. It flows east and south through new suburban developments and golf courses, an Elgin city park, a Kane County forest preserve, and the grounds of Judson College before joining the Fox River. Tyler Creek has managed to retain a quality not […]

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Revved-Up Raunch

Kickin’ the Devil Around Xsight! Performance Group at the Blue Rider Theatre, July 11 and 12 By Jack Helbig “Anybody can be good in the country,” Lord Henry languidly opines in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Yet urbanites tend to have contradictory attitudes toward life in the country: it’s either a safer, more innocent place […]