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Art People: small-town big thinker

Richard Brauer studied art history at the Institute of Design, Chicago’s breeding ground for modernists, and he specialized in 20th-century American art. But when Brauer joined the faculty at Valparaiso University in 1961, he became caretaker of a collection heavy with 19th-century landscapes and portraits influenced by the Hudson River school. It included painters like […]

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Poor Housing Act

wexman.qxd Harold Henderson’s “There Goes Their Neighborhood” (Reader, 29 May 1998) succinctly covered a great deal of ground. I would not, however, characterize CHA’s plans as “rest[ing] on a foundation of exceedingly optimistic assumptions.” I’d say they rest on a foundation of exceedingly subtle deceit. Take, for instance, their “hopes” that some people now living […]

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Dream Weavers

From Limb to Limb at the Illinois State Museum, Lockport Gallery, Lockport, through July 10 By Fred Camper While this century has seen “fine art” occasionally exhibited alongside natural objects–in the Art Institute’s great 1994 Redon show, for example–I’ve never come across an exhibit quite as daringly inclusive as “From Limb to Limb,” currently at […]

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Virgin’s Vows

Virgins’ vows, Out-of-the-Box Theatre, at Bailiwick Arts Center. Given that many young artists consider anything written before 1975 “period drama,” Out-of-the-Box Theatre’s selection of an obscure 1833 comedy by Polish playwright Aleksander Fredro is commendable. But even in Noel Clark’s breezy translation, Virgins’ Vows is too derivative to be entertaining. The plot concerns two country-raised […]

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CUBANISMO! Between our government’s foolish embargo and the proliferation of watered-down pop salsa, many of Cuba’s most potent musical traditions have lost their currency. And though he’s been living in London for the past four years, trumpeter Jesus Alema–y seems hell-bent on resuscitating them. On the two albums by his 14-piece band, Cubanismo!, Alema–y is […]

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Me and My Girld

ME AND MY GIRL, Drury Lane Oakbrook. In 1937, when this evergreen musical debuted, the English monarchy had been shaken by a most unsuitable liaison between the king and an American divorcee. Here Bill Snibson, an East End bloke suddenly proclaimed the long-lost 14th earl of Hareford, must choose between noblesse oblige and true love. […]

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Visitor’s Guide

Madison Wisconsin Madison’s firefighters and gays and lesbians tend to head to different haunts. Here’s where you might find some of each. Many of those who quash Madison’s blazes get their after-hours drinks at the Caribou Tavern (703 E. Johnson, 608-257-5993), a cramped bar owned by retired police officer Denny Schmelzkopf. Schmelzkopf has never given […]

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James Newton

JAMES NEWTON There’s no separating James Newton’s musical accomplishments from his instrument of choice: in his hands, the jazz flute has reached the likely pinnacle of its evolution. Classically trained but artistically intrepid, Newton combines Hubert Laws’s rosy timbres with the streaked earth tones of Eric Dolphy, screaming post-Coltrane imprecations with classic Ellingtonia, etching fine […]

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Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels A personal assistant pines for the professional killer whose room she cleans while he’s away on assignment–when she isn’t getting herself off there.The killer, who expresses his ambivalence about his work and his assistant in voice-over, seems depressed yet uncynical. When a hyperactive woman approaches him at McDonald’s, they hurtle into a compulsive, […]