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Triumph of the Swill

The Lynns The Lynns (Reprise) Jim Lauderdale Whisper (BNA) Country and its fans are notoriously obsessed with tradition and authenticity, and though the industry’s definition of those terms is constantly in flux, on the surface no other popular music style places such an emphasis on the perpetuation of a certain set of values. But as […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 3/13 – Thursday 3/19 MARCH By Cara Jepsen 13 FRIDAY Vegetarians might want to steer clear of tonight’s opening of Burned, Fried and Set Aside: The Meat Show, an exhibit of work with a beef by ten area artists. Also on display is Melvin King’s painting A History of Moo and Oink, on loan […]

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Jan Erkert & Dancers

Jan Erkert & Dancers Love poems are doubly risky. Not only do you make yourself vulnerable by having feelings for a treacherous other, you open yourself up to ridicule and public humiliation when you put those feelings down in words, leaving a paper trail–a record of often humbling thoughts and emotions. “You say ‘I will […]

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The Donnas

THE DONNAS The search for meaning in rock music can be a real drag–and when a band like the Donnas comes along it all seems hopelessly pompous. These four teenage girls from Palo Alto borrow the look and feel of the Runaways–maybe cynically, maybe not–but as puerile and rudimentary as the music on their recent […]

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Pachora

PACHORA Many of the bands from New York’s downtown jazz scene pride themselves on being stylistic omnivores, and at first glance Pachora is no exception. On the quartet’s first and only CD (on Knitting Factory Works), it uses Balkan, Bulgarian, and Turkish themes and rhythms as springboards for elaborate improvisations. But this combo’s real power […]

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David “Fathead” Newman

DAVID “FATHEAD” NEWMAN Saxist David Newman may never lose his nickname, blurted out in exasperation by a high school teacher after his dismantlement of a short musical passage some five decades ago; but a new reissue, It’s Mister Fathead (32 Jazz), which gathers four of his Atlantic LPs from the 50s and 60s on two […]

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Politics is Personal

Politics Is Personal By Nora L. Duff Tuesday, March 17, is election day in Chicago, and it happens to fall on one of my family’s favorite holidays–Saint Patrick’s Day. If my father still lived here, he wouldn’t be able to get to the polling place fast enough. I can picture him in the voting booth, […]

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Playback!

PLAYBACK!, Playback Theatre Midwest, at the Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio. This show is based on two hippie-dippy notions: that people randomly chosen from the audience will have interesting stories to tell, and that the only thing more interesting than hearing about, say, someone’s trip to New Zealand is watching a troupe of young improvisers […]

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Field & Street

The sap is flowing in the sugar maples. The crows have returned to the nest at the top of the tall ash across the alley. Listen closely and you can hear the bugling cries of sandhill cranes and, in the woods, the whispered note of the brown creeper. Raucous flocks of red-winged blackbirds and grackles […]

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Faerie Frolic Arts Festival

Faerie Frolic Arts Festival Randolph Street Gallery may have ceased operation as a presenter of visual and performance art, but the River West space is due for one last event–a week of indoor camping (in several senses of the word) by the Radical Faeries, a loose-knit international movement “concerned with issues of spirituality, sexuality, gender, […]