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Ari Brown

ARI BROWN One reason the jazz scene in Chicago is so exciting these days is that musicians frequently get the opportunity to work out new material in extended live engagements. In the last decade groups like the Ritual Trio, 8 Bold Souls, and the Vandermark 5 have used low-pressure weekly gigs to sharpen new originals […]

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Good Sport

telande.qxd Dear Reader– I am now a Ted Cox sports section fan [January 9]. Any sportswriter who wears a Buffy the Vampire Slayer ball cap to a Blackhawks game, makes comparisons between the work of lively, near perfect Dmitri Nabokov and dead, near pervert Vladimir Nabokov, and sneaks a half-pint of bourbon into the United […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 1/23 – Thursday 1/29 JANUARY By Cara Jepsen 23 FRIDAY For her novel The Illusionist, Dinitia Smith took her cues from the real-life story of androgynous drifter Teena Brandon, whose 1993 murder was the subject of a New Yorker feature. Smith’s protagonist is Dean Lily, who charms three young women into falling in love […]

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Common/Rahzel/X-Ecutioners

COMMMON/RAHZEL/X-ECUTIONERS The most frequent complaint I hear about contemporary hip-hop is that it sucks live, and since most rappers rely on the accompaniment of a DAT machine as they recite the lyrics from their latest work in some echo chamber like the Aragon Ballroom, it’s hard to argue otherwise. So I won’t offer any guarantees–but […]

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A Mislaid Heaven

A MISLAID HEAVEN, Famous Door Theatre Company, at the Theatre Building. Someday A Mislaid Heaven may be a great play. It’s got all the right ingredients: political turmoil, family trauma, star-crossed love, even a village graveyard harboring a brutal secret. Winner of last year’s Women at the Door playwriting competition, Carson Grace Becker’s play is […]

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Sheila Jordan

SHEILA JORDAN If you expect anything less than a reinvention of the jazz-song repertoire from vocalist Sheila Jordan, you’re bound to end up either disappointed or shocked. Like Betty Carter–who also came to prominence in Detroit in the 50s and also appears in Chicago this weekend–Jordan takes enormous liberties with a song’s melody right from […]

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Narcissus and Echo

NARCISSUS and ECHO, Emanon Theater Company, at Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center. In his holiday comedy The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, playwright Jeff Goode plays the iconoclast, revealing the dark side of the Jolly Old Elf. And in Narcissus and Echo, written two years before The Eight, he attempts a similar trick. He and songwriter Larrance […]

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Leroy Jenkins

Leroy Jenkins Violinist Leroy Jenkins is rarely mentioned in the same breath as AACM heavies like Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, or Henry Threadgill, but he’s their equal in many ways. Like many of the organization’s founders, the Chicago native studied under the legendary Walter Dyett at DuSable High, and after attending college […]

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A Life in Pictures

Irving Penn: A Career in Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, through February 1 By Stephen Longmire In his earliest fashion photo-graphs and portraits for Vogue, in what would now be deemed a postmodernist gesture, Irving Penn often showed the edge of the “seamless” studio backdrop, allowing electrical cords from his artificial lights to […]

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Acting was far from Tenzin Lodoe’s mind while he was growing up in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala. His parents had fled there from Tibet in 1954, when they were children. Lodoe’s father, Tenzin Choegyal, who is the Dalai Lama’s youngest brother, became the Tibetan leader’s assistant, and Rinchen Khando, Lodoe’s mother, served as […]