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Life Among the Ruins

Henryk Musialowicz: The Mystery of Darkness at the Society for Arts, through May 15 Valery Koshliakov at Maya Polsky, through April 28 David Humphrey at Zolla/Lieberman, through April 18 By Fred Camper Henryk Musialowicz’s 47 paintings at the Society for Arts may picture animals, undersea landscapes, and human figures–but his real subjects are darkness, distance, […]

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The Queen’s Project

THE QUEEN’S PROJECT, Local Infinities and Raging Papist, at the Lunar Cabaret. The rivalry for the English throne between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots has probably never before been given the postmodern design Charlie Levin gives it in The Queen’s Project. Inspired by Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart and the tragic fact that […]

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The Chicago Latino Film Festival

The Chicago Latino Film Festival The 14th annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs Friday, April 17, through Monday, April 27. Film and video screenings will be at Water Tower, 175 E. Chestnut; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; 500 Nations Cafe, 1820 S. Ashland; […]

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The Quick-Change Room (Scenes from a Revolution)

THE QUICK-CHANGE ROOM (SCENES FROM A REVOLUTION), Pendulum Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre, second-floor studio theater. Playwright Nagle Jackson, who directed Saint Petersburg’s Bolshoi Dramatic Theatre, knows the world of his play, as a once-renowned Russian company endures tempestuous changes during the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his delightful tribute to embattled thespians, […]

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What’s in a Name

keenan.qxd What’s in a community name? [“Down on Uptown,” April 3.] What images do you conjure when considering Chicago’s neighborhoods? Despite the “negative connotation” that Uptown conjures for some, this is a vibrant community with many individuals and organizations actively pursuing its betterment. Due to their efforts, Uptown is thriving with expanding residential and commercial […]

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None of That Jazz

The Horn City Lit Theater Company at Steppenwolf Studio Theatre By Adam Langer Kerouac may have coined the term “beat generation,” but John Clellon Holmes was its first novelist, chronicling the frantic lives of way-cool hipsters in 1952 in Go and introducing the world to the beats in a famous 1952 article in the New […]

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Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson The U.S. government’s persecution of Paul Robeson during the cold war “illustrates the extent to which guardians of the culture are willing, when frightened, to attempt to blot from history a man’s meaning, his very existence,” wrote Professor Sterling Stuckey in a 1973 New York Times essay. One of our nation’s finest actors […]

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Border Dispute

sakola.qxd Dear editor, Ted Kleine hit the nail on the head with “Down on Uptown” (Our Town, 4/3). As a new home buyer in Uptown after renting five in Ravenswood for the past eight years (notice I didn’t say East, West, or South Ravenswood–that’s because they don’t exist), I ran into these bogus neighborhood-naming issues […]

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The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden, Bar Clay Theatre, at Voltaire. What’s a boy to do with parents who bore him, if not to death, then to the point of coma? In Sam Shepard’s The Rock Garden, a young man endures servitude to an invalid mother who constantly demands fresh water and blankets (which she then throws on […]

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Purloined Menu

My local pizzeria is on auto dial, and the guy who answers knows my name, order, and baby’s nap schedule by heart. Even so, I usually end up with a tepid dinner in a freshly steamed cardboard box. Over congealed cheese I sometimes fantasize about a chef on wheels who would park his truck out […]

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Six Degrees of Separation

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Raven Theatre. This Rogers Park company has carved a niche for itself doing solid, modestly budgeted revivals of classic American plays like The Glass Menagerie and You Can’t Take It With You. Now Raven has turned its attention to a more contemporary work, with fine results. John Guare’s thought-provoking 1991 comedy-drama, […]

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Sten Sandell, Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Zerang

STEN SANDELL, FRED LONBERG-HOLM & MICHAEL ZERANG Given the hazy harmonies and snoozy rhythms of prominent artists like Matthew Shipp and Borah Bergman, “clear” and “precise” aren’t the first words that spring to mind in reference to improvised piano these days. But they absolutely describe the work of Sten Sandell, a ferociously inventive and exacting […]