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Jeb Loy Nichols

JEB LOY NICHOLS On the three albums he made with his group Fellow Travellers, Jeb Loy Nichols–a Missouri native who moved to England in 1983–supported his spare, folky pop songs with the fat bass and lean percussion of dub reggae. The unusual pairing gave an intriguing rhythmic elasticity to his often wispy tunes. His solo […]

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Dirty Little Wars

In the Heart of America About Face Theatre at Jane Addams Center Hull House One Flea Spare at Victory Gardens Theater By Carol Burbank Remember the gulf war? The brief and Pyrrhic victory of 1991 gave us a chance to test devastating new weaponry, quickly becoming a psychotic little footnote to world history–though veterans continue […]

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City File

First City in eating out. According to a recent issue of Restaurant Business, Chicagoans spent $7.5 billion on food outside the home. Los Angeles was a distant second ($6.38 billion) and New York third ($6.37 billion). “For my book Real Choices, I went around talking to women who have had an abortion and to women […]

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The Straight Dope

Why are people bothering with getting colds anymore? The site www.coldcure.com has been around for a couple years now and the product for stopping common cold symptoms is available in many places (Wal-Mart for one). Could you check out that site and apply your skills to either (1) debunk it or (2) confirm it? I […]

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Claudio Roditi-Ari Brown Quintet

CLAUDIO RODITI-ARI BROWN QUINTET Though raised in Rio, trumpeter and flugelhornist Claudio Roditi has relatively few followers in Brazil, largely because in his music, sambas and forros take a backseat to his impeccable jazz solos. But North American listeners don’t always know what to make of him either. Even though he’s lived in the U.S. […]

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Kiss of the Spider Woman-The Musical

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN–THE MUSICAL, Apple Tree Theatre. Terrence McNally, John Kander, and Fred Ebb’s musical–based on Manuel Puig’s novel about a macho Marxist and a gay window dresser imprisoned together under a Latin American dictatorship–on Broadway was dense and dazzling. The Harold Prince production employed high-tech multimedia to crosscut between the grim reality […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 2/6 – Thursday 2/12 FEBRUARY By Cara Jepsen 6 FRIDAY The School of the Art Institute’s series Fierce Cravings: Deconstructing Black Sexuality in Film and Video will only “scratch the surface” of the racist, stereotypical notions about black sexuality commonly found in the movies, says curator Valerie Cassel. The series runs over the next […]

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Pet Projects

Sagittarius Present Tense (Sundazed) High Llamas Cold and Bouncy (V2) By Frank Youngwerth It’s “not possible to overstate how influential Pet Sounds was in its day and, remarkably, continues to be,” Beach Boys scribe David Leaf observes in his liner notes to the recent box set devoted to the 1966 album. “Ask Bob Dylan or […]

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Ali Hassan Kuban

ALI HASSAN KUBAN When the Egyptian government dammed the Nile to create the giant Lake Nasser in the early 60s, it uprooted the country’s Nubian population–more than 100,000 people were forced to move. Many went south to Sudan, while others migrated up to Cairo, but the community and its culture were irrevocably weakened. Roots musician […]

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Four Dogs and a Bone

Four Dogs and a Bone, Groundswell Theatre Company, at Voltaire. With its hokey cliches, highly sanitized situations, and hastily drawn conclusions, John Patrick Shanley’s writing is perfect grist for the Hollywood mill. In fact he won an Academy Award for the 1987 film Moonstruck, but the bitter, sullen tone of his Four Dogs and a […]

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Emotional Signposts

Last Name First: New Work by Stephanie Brooks at Ten in One, through February 14 John Carmichael: Slumpy in the Clover at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through February 21 By Fred Camper A sign apparently bolted to the sidewalk outside Ten in One Gallery does not deliver the tourist information it appears to. Though the top […]

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June of 44

JUNE OF 44 June of 44 guitarist Jeff Mueller claims that he and his band mates have sworn off the seafaring motif that informed their 1995 debut, Engine Takes to Water; its follow-up, Tropics and Meridians; and last year’s EP, The Anatomy of Sharks. I haven’t heard the first record, but the band’s new release, […]