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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 […]