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Film Exchanges

Tour Chicago’s old film district on Wabash and Michigan avenues around 13th Street and you won’t get chased by Indiana Jones’s boulder or attacked by a giant mechanical shark. Instead you’ll see some history in a cluster of small buildings built by the major Hollywood studios in the 20s, 30s, and 40s to handle film […]

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Sports Section

With the return of Scottie Pippen, the swagger returned to the Bulls. They had always retained a certain air of confidence; after a slow 8-7 start they persistently improved to 24-11 before Pippen’s return a week ago last Saturday. Yet with Pippen that natural confidence took on an added dimension, sort of puffed out its […]

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The Shadow of a Gunman

THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN, Ulysses Theatre Company, at Stage Left Theatre. In 90 minutes Sean O’Casey sums up Ireland, past and present–especially its bloody penchant for mock heroics and martyrs. Just as “murderer” Christy Mahon is venerated in Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, so does O’Casey expose Donal Davoren, a poor Dublin […]

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Strife After Death/ Scooped!

By Michael Miner Strife After Death A year ago the distraught family of Nancy Jean Marback tried to announce her death in the Chicago Tribune. But the Tribune objected to the language the family submitted. Instead of “Timothy (Steven)” to identify a surviving son, the Tribune suggested either “Timothy (Life Partner Steven)” or “Timothy (Companion […]

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Everyday Icons

Ellie Wallace at Artemisia, through January 31 Nicole Hollander at Artemisia, through January 31 By Fred Camper Though these two shows by Chicago women in adjacent rooms of the same gallery have plenty in common, in one way they couldn’t be more different. Both artists focus on ordinary objects–a spool of thread, a loaf of […]

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Spot Check

MUSTACHE 1/23, LOUNGE AX All right, all you hardwood-floor-livin’, Uncle Tupelo-worshipin’, back-porch-herb-gardenin’, Austin-goin’ kiddies, git yer asses downstairs and meet your beer-belly displayin’, rebel-yellin’, Molly Hatchet-listenin’, Chevy-baptizin’ redneck neighbors who ain’t gonna pay a lot for this tattoo. On Mustache’s self-titled live album (on Beluga), recorded in front of what sounds like a stadium crowd […]

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Jack of Dover and Power Lunch

JACK OF DOVER and POWER LUNCH, Wing & Groove Theatre Company, at Voltaire. These two one-acts–both directed by Andrew Gall and both focusing on people sitting at tables talking–couldn’t be more different in style, theme, approach, or outcome. Alan Ball’s Power Lunch is a witty absurdist take on gender differences and the mating dance, while […]

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Zine-O-File

From the pages of Giant Robot ¥ Number 8 (PO Box 2053, Los Angeles, CA 90064; $4) Excerpts from: Love, Life, and Sumo The largest athlete in the world, Emanuel Yarbrough takes on all comers. If you have a problem, a question, or need some advice, Emanuel is the fix-it man. He’s appeared in strongman […]

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Prague Chamber Orchestra

PRAGUE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Established in 1951 with first-chair players from a bigger radio orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra made its name specializing in works by Bohemian composers. It also tackled the Baroque repertoire, for which its modest size (36 musicians) and mellow, lyrical string playing seemed ideally suited. When the cold war ended the PCO […]

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Fresh Crop

Young Playwrights Festival Pegasus Players By Carol Burbank Most plays by young writers fit easily into our preconceptions of youth, combining cultural stereotypes with the sense of moral urgency we associate with the idealistic young. Yet even playwrights with a sophisticated sense of language and character often favor a sitcom approach, every line ringing with […]

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Jour de fete

Jour de fete Jacques Tati’s first feature, a euphoric comedy set in a sleepy village, was meant to be the first French feature in color; it was shot in 1947 using two cameras, one color and one black-and-white. But the new Thomson-Color process failed to yield results that could be printed, so in 1949 the […]