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Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood No one expected much when Barto Productions’ Under Milk Wood opened in the fall of 1991 at Wrigleyville’s Cafe Voltaire. Over the years Dylan Thomas’s 1953 verse comedy, about the waking and dreaming lives of the inhabitants of a mythical Welsh fishing village called Llareggub (“buggerall” spelled backward), had daunted many theater […]

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Let the Music Do the Talking

Jazz ’34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing Rating *** A must see Directed by Robert Altman With Jesse Davis, David “Fathead” Newman, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Tyrone Clark, Don Byron, Russell Malone, Mark Whitfield, Victor Lewis, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter, Craig Handy, David Murray, Joshua Redman, Curtis Fowles, Clark Gayton, Olu Dara, Nicholas […]

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Caught in the Net

Captured at www.waterw.com/-pattylee/index.html Making Dog Hair into Yarn is Fun and Easy! Dog hair–there must be some use for it!!! How often have you wondered what could be done with all the excess fluff you’ve been combing out of your dog? Turning your pet’s hair into something beautiful is surprisingly easy. First, you turn the […]

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Gaunt

GAUNT This Columbus punk quartet seems to have put on a few pounds since signing to Warner Brothers. From 1991 to ’94 Gaunt disgorged more than 30 songs on seven-inch singles and EPs. Its excellent 1994 album, I Can See Your Mom From Here–recorded in Chicago by Bob Weston in exchange for car parts and […]

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TwentyFourSeven

TwentyFourSeven Director Shane Meadows (who also wrote and directed Small Time, a fabulous one-hour comedy recently shown at the Film Center) tries his hand at hard-core melodrama and makes it work. In this deeply felt and freshly executed personal-best story, Bob Hoskins plays a lonely boxing coach whose project to involve the young men in […]

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Alan Klasky Never Loved Me

Alan Klasky Never Loved Me Some slick performers throw a lot of glitz and technique at you and hope you won’t notice the lack of content. I prefer more rough-hewn artists, like Karen Finley, with something to say and just enough technique to say it. Even better are attitude-free performers with real stories to tell, […]

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City File

Bet on it. Amount contributed to Republicans by commercial gambling and casino companies in the 1995-’96 federal election cycle, according to University of Illinois professor John Kindt, writing in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (March): $1.5 million. Amount contributed to Democrats by American Indian tribes in the business: $1.2 […]

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Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana

JANE BUNNETT & SPIRITS OF HAVANA Over in the progressive wing of mainstream jazz, Canadian woodwind player Jane Bunnett has turned herself into a tough, enterprising soprano saxist and a sensitive flutist; her list of jazz credentials is topped by a long professional association with the late pianist Don Pullen. But in Cuban music she […]

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Stick to Shtick

The Waltz Invention Strawdog Theatre Company By Adam Langer Strawdog Theatre’s program for Vladimir Nabokov’s The Waltz Invention includes a brief essay by the writer that should be taken as scripture by all theater companies in town. “It is high time,” Nabokov writes, “for playwrights to forget the notions that they must please the audience […]

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The Knights of the Round Table

THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE, Eclipse Theatre Company. The recent TV movie Merlin made the tale of Camelot an allegory for Christianity’s displacement of paganism. But in this 1937 play, French poet Jean Cocteau uses the legend for less grandiose purposes. Here King Arthur and his court–including his wife Guinevere, her longtime lover Launcelot, […]

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Dirty Three

DIRTY THREE On their first three albums the Dirty Three trafficked almost exclusively in wild dynamic leaps: the subdued, lyrical melodies of violinist Warren Ellis would start things off, only to be broadsided time and again by Jim White’s battered drums and Mick Turner’s violently droning guitar. Those records offered a scaled-down version of what […]

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Chicago Silver Images Film Festival

Chicago Silver Images Film Festival Presented by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, the Silver Images Film Festival continues Friday, May 8, through Friday, May 15, at Copernicus Senior Center, 3160 N. Milwaukee; District 214 Community Education, 2121 S. Goebbert, Arlington Heights; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; LaSalle Theatre, 4901 […]

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Anastasia Krupnik

ANASTASIA KRUPNIK, Lifeline Theatre. Delightfully evocative, funny, and knowing, Lois Lowry’s novel depicts life as ten-year-old Anastasia Krupnik sees it. Filled with the omniscience conferred by life’s second decade, Anastasia keeps a list of things she hates and another of things she loves in a zealously guarded green notebook. Meryl Friedman’s arch adaptation likewise chronicles […]

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total Mental Health Insurance

credille.qxd To the editor, The article about the novel based on Stanley McCormick (April 3) states that he was cared for by medical professionals on the family estate. The wealthy McCormick family could afford home care. Most families must rely on some form of public aid to obtain treatment for a member who develops a […]