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City File

C’mon down, Bill. “President Clinton is expected to pay a visit soon to the ABLA Homes, a public housing development in Chicago,” writes Doug Dobmeyer in “Poverty Issues…Dateline Illinois” (June 1). “His visit is expected to be a media event to push his budget proposals along in negotiations with Congress.” But Dobmeyer thinks it could […]

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Taste of Chicago

TASTE OF CHICAGO: In addition to all that food, the Taste of Chicago offers free musical performances on several stages in Grant Park: the Funtime Stage (Jackson and Columbus), the Summertime Beer Garden (Jackson and Columbus), the Taste Stage (Michigan and Congress), and the Petrillo Music Shell (Jackson and Columbus). The first weekend’s entertainment includes […]

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Krapp’s Last Tape

KRAPP’S LAST TAPE, PUS (Performers Under Stress), at Mary-Arrchie Theatre. In the late 80s and early 90s–back before Splinter Group’s Buckets o’ Beckett stole their thunder–Charles Pike and Scott Baker earned the moniker “the Beckett Boys” for their hard-edged, low-budget, powerful productions of the playwright’s shorter, less frequently produced works. Performing under the name PUS, […]

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Steve Lacy’s the Cry

STEVE LACY’S THE CRY Over the last 45 years Steve Lacy has woven several threads through his forceful and startling music. One involves his instrument: few modern players have concentrated on the soprano sax, and Lacy was the first, predating John Coltrane by nearly a decade and achieving a blunt, boldly unornamented sound. His timbre […]

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Chicago Country Music Festival

CHICAGO Country Music Festival: The city will stage music during all eleven days of this year’s Taste of Chicago, but the Country Music Festival–days two and three of Taste, this Friday and Saturday–provides the only thematically continuous block of programming. This year’s theme is ostensibly “Americana, the other country,” but many of these acts look […]

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Africa Fete

AFRICA FETE After a two-year hiatus due to a lack of funding, the ambitious Africa Fete tour returns with a mix of exciting new talent and seasoned if somewhat predictable stars. Mali’s Salif Keita headlines the four-act bill; he possesses a gorgeous, powerful voice, but his music has drifted unimaginatively toward Western pop flavors on […]

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Underground Performance

metcalf.qxd Recently you ran a review of a Men of the World performance involving the CTA [Performance, May 22] and I thought your editors might find the following events noteworthy. During April and early May, I worked with a group of teenage artists from the MCA and students from Robert Morris College on a project […]

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The Straight Dope

In cartoons bulls are always depicted with rings through their noses. Being a city kid whose idea of farm life mostly comes from watching Green Acres, I have never had the opportunity to inspect a bull up close. Do they really have nose rings? If so, why? I have a hard time believing it’s all […]

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Arbitrary Censor of Taste

piven.qxd Justin Hayford’s coverage of the Piven Theatre’s production of Orlando (June 12, ’98) was uninformed and irresponsible. There is no trick to being negative or expressing what one doesn’t like. It was written without any theatrical context. The critic seemed to have no knowledge of the Story Theatre form first created by Paul Sills […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 6/26 – Thursday 7/3 JUNE By Cara Jepsen 26 FRIDAY The recent German film Beyond Silence focuses on the conflicts that arise between a girl who can hear and her deaf parents when she decides to take up the clarinet. It’s not an unusual situation–90 percent of deaf parents have offspring who can hear. […]

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Ages of Sin

AGES OF SIN, SummerNITE, at Bailiwick Arts Center. This season’s summer import from Northern Illinois University’s Equity theater ensemble is a collection of four recently recovered one-acts by Thornton Wilder. Drawn from his “Ages of Man” and “Seven Deadly Sins” series, they illustrate his belief that “Humanity is the last thing to be learned by […]

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Mendel

Mendel The realistic and the expressionistic are delicately balanced in this kid’s-eye view of a Jewish family from Germany who, having survived the concentration camps, relocate to Norway in 1954. Mendel (Thomas Jungling Sorensen), who was born after the war, knows his family is keeping something from him, a secret that seems connected to a […]

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Jump Rhythm Jazz Project

Jump Rhythm Jazz Project For Billy Siegenfeld, dancing off the beat is more than an aesthetic choice–it’s a moral statement. “A whole generation has been conditioned to be on the beat–get the papers in on time, feed the correct command to the computer, and so on,” he said in an interview in Dance Magazine. “Syncopation […]