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Speech of Figures

Andrzej Domanski: Portraits at Eastwick Art Gallery, through August 20 Jill Schultz at Gwenda Jay Gallery, through August 30 Tim Lowly: Moving Pictures at Lyons Wier Gallery, through August 30 By Fred Camper The invention of photography, many have argued, freed painters from copying reality. The Romantic idea that a painter should instead express moods […]

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Darkness Lite

Edgar Allan Poe–Once Upon A Midnight Peacock Productions, at Mercury Theater By Lawrence Bommer One of America’s most enduring and familiar authors, Edgar Allan Poe nonetheless remains an enigmatic figure. There are so many Edgar Allan Poes to choose from–the morbid mourner whose raven remains a symbol of pathological romantic obsession, the literary visionary who […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been subject to what I think is some type of oral herpes. Anytime I bite my lip hard enough to break the surface, and sometimes during periods of high stress, I develop mouth sores. These sores are like little craters and they last for about […]

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Sports Section

When it was invented in the late 70s, Rotisserie League baseball was intended to mimic the details of real baseball, especially the wheelings and dealings of general managers. Thanks to the new game’s creators being mostly writers, who soon put out a book of rules explaining the fun they were having (all camaraderie and ritual, […]

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Lost Voices

Brian Eno The Drop (Thirsty Ear) Colin Newman Bastard (Swim) By Jim DeRogatis Brian Eno and Colin Newman are two of my favorite singers. Though neither is very good in the classical sense, both have in spades what it takes in the rock ‘n’ roll realm: character, chutzpah, and an endearing uniqueness. But you won’t […]

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Getting Real

Contemporary Realist Art at Streeterville Gallery, through August 25 By Geoffrey Bent Critical focus might lead one to believe that all artists today are conceptualists, scouring the nation’s junkyards for detritus and hoping to initiate yet another revolution in art: the taste for upheaval in contemporary art can make a banana republic seem as stolid […]

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Spot Check

FISH 8/15, Park West Not to be confused with the homophonous hippie band, the former lead singer of Marillion has made a comeback album brimming with the AOR-friendly high prog that you didn’t think anybody made anymore. Fish’s enhanced CD Sunsets on Empire is the real thing, full of deep and dense ruminations on love […]

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King Ernest

KING ERNEST Blues and R & B vocalist Ernest Baker began his career in Chicago in the 60s in the rough-and-ready band of blues guitarist Byther Smith, but soon gravitated toward the more sophisticated sounds of soul music. He became a local celebrity, working alongside such established stars as Tyrone Davis and Syl Johnson, but […]

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET France hasn’t produced a pianist of stature since Philippe Entremont in the 50s, but thanks to Jean-Yves Thibaudet it may soon have its national pride restored. At 35, the Lyon-born Thibaudet, who prepped with Satie specialist Aldo Ciccolini, has entered the prime of his career and seems eager to brandish his versatility. In […]

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Rachelle Ferrell

RACHELLE FERRELL The first time I heard vocalist Rachelle Ferrell–in 1991, as a much heralded newcomer in a Montreux Jazz Festival showcase–she scared the hell out of me. It wasn’t just her ridiculous range, said to span six and a half octaves, or even the superpiccolo high notes, which immediately earned her the Minnie Riperton […]

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Chicago Underground Film Festival

Chicago Underground Film Festival The fourth annual Chicago Underground Film Festival continues Friday through Sunday, August 15 through 17, at the Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets for all programs are $6, with the exception of two John Waters-related screenings Sunday at 2:30 and 3:45, each of which costs $10. Filmmaker Waters will present a […]