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Antonio Gaudi

Antonio Gaudi This 1984 documentary about the architect essentially lets Gaudi’s work speak for itself, and it couldn’t be more eloquent. The cinematography by Junichi Segawa, Yoshikazu Yanagida, and Ryu Segawa provides perspectives you couldn’t get on-site in Barcelona, guiding you at a perfect pace through intimate interiors or whisking you to aerial vantage points, […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: My girlfriend of two and a half years recently started smoking. I’ve always been very up-front with her about what a huge turnoff this habit is, but she keeps right on puffing. It’s yellowed her teeth, her breath stinks, and her hair and body constantly smell (never mind the fact that we’ve both […]

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Festival Sidebar/ theater

This annual summer showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music used to be presented at multiple locations, but now all activities take place at a single venue: the Lunar Cabaret in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, home base of the Curious Theatre Branch, whose artistic director Beau O’Reilly is the event’s coordinator. But though the Rhino’s […]

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Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening With the Illuminati)

SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS (A Final Evening With the Illuminati), Trap Door Theatre. Larry Larson and Levi Lee’s tragicomedy about a whacked-out authority figure, Reverend Eddie, and his fawning sidekick, Brother Lawrence, is a very strange work. And with its alternating scenes of reality (Brother Lawrence tending to the […]

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Closet Pessimists

Mona Hatoum at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through September 14 Jason Zadak: I Distinctly Asked You Not to Wipe That on Me at the Better Weimaraner Gallery, through September 19 By Fred Camper In the closing decades of our century, art is ever more rarely the expression of an individual’s being or striving; instead […]

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Critic’s Choice/Music

LINDA WANG AND ELENA ABEND It’s been 20 years since Al Booth, a former real estate executive devoted to the cause of classical music, started the weekly Dame Myra Hess concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center. He was inspired by the example of Hess, a distinguished English pianist who at the outset of World […]

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Spot Check

BOOGIE SHOES 9/5, DURTY NELLIE’S, PALATINE What they play isn’t quite acid jazz, nor is it really funk, and I think it would be stretching it to call it hip-hop. But just about every one of the 23 tunes on their overly generous Bust It…Bust It…Bust It (Novo) sounds like it’s trying to be all […]

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In Mod We Trusted

Various Artists Whodunit: Chicago Knows Who (No Cigar) In many respects the short-lived Chicago mod craze was a typical retro revival, dusting off a British youth culture that was already two decades old–most Chicago mods took their cues from the Who documentary The Kids Are Alright and from Quadrophenia, Franc Roddam’s film adaptation of the […]

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West Side Stories

All of our people were drafted. Nobody joined. I don’t know anybody who was a volunteer. They all had a number. When their number came up they went. Rosemarie’s friend Bill went in December of ’41. He was Greek. His family lived on Adams Street, down near Cicero Avenue. Ma used to say, “Why do […]

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Kaddisch

Kaddisch This Swiss drama of Holocaust survivors, directed by Beatrice Michel and Hans Sturm in collaboration with Villi Hermann, is slow, ponderous, wordy–and very moving. The weight of an unspeakable past makes itself apparent through the oblique dialogue and the gentle transitions from black and white to color, suggesting the characters’ unstable emotional relationship with […]

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American Odyssey

Yuba City National Pastime Theater By Justin Hayford Sometimes adversity engenders genius. Had Einstein not been stuck as a lowly clerk in a patent office where his mind was free to wander beyond the confines of conventional science, would he have reinvented the universe? Something similar seems to have happened at National Pastime Theater–though on […]

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Railroading the Public

daruszka.qxd To the editor, There are a number of good reasons that Chris Cohen’s “modest” proposals are falling on deaf ears at Metra [Neighborhood News, August 15]. In an era of diminishing governmental funding for public transportation, agencies like Metra must put their limited capital funds to the best uses. The equipment and infrastructure of […]