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Somewhere in Europe: A History of Hungarian Cinema

Somewhere in Europe: A History of Hungarian Cinema This retrospective of Hungarian cinema, produced by Facets Multimedia Center, Magyar Filmunio, the Magyar Filminterzet, and the Hungarian Film Laboratories, continues Friday through Thursday, July 31 through August 6. Screenings will be at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. All screenings are in 35-millimeter. Tickets are $7, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Tough times for Nike: The winner of November’s New York City Marathon, John Kagawe, said he might have broken the record for time except that his Nike shoes kept coming untied. And two weeks earlier the company cooperated with authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the arrest of five employees at […]

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Bash ‘n’ Trash

Action Movie: The Play Defiant Theatre at American Theater Company It’s not surprising that stage combat is enjoying a sort of renaissance in Chicago, as evidenced by the success of shows like Babes With Blades: most audiences simply aren’t accustomed to seeing feats of athleticism and dexterity in the theater. Physicality and traditional theatricality can […]

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Quidam Cirque du Soleil’s latest show offers heartening proof of the theatrical power of movement–a power often neglected or taken for granted in our culture. True, the movement in Cirque du Soleil is more athletic than emotionally nuanced despite all the artistic trappings. What grabs us here is not the skeletal story, about a young […]

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Red Psalm

Red Psalm East Side Story, a recent documentary about communist musicals, assumes that communist-bloc directors were just itching to make Hollywood extravaganzas and invariably wound up looking strained, square, and ill equipped. But Red Psalm (1971), Miklos Jancso’s dazzling, open-air revolutionary pageant, is a highly sensual communist musical that employs occasional nudity as lyrically as […]

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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, Tripaway Theatre, in Lincoln Park. Performing Shakespeare under the stars is a popular approach in summer, but what’s a small-budget company to do when their performance space is a grassy grove far from electric lighting, artificial amplification, and man-made scenery? Well, Tripaway Theatre in its production of Romeo and Juliet illuminates the […]

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Blithering Heights

BLITHERING HEIGHTS, Free Associates, at the Ivanhoe Theater. Most theatergoers are familiar with the improvised comedy sketch and the long-form Harold, but in Blithering Heights the Free Associates raise the ante by restricting their story to a single time (the early 19th century), place (the English Midlands), and literary genre (the gothic novel). Armed with […]

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Smokin’ Grooves

SMOKIN’ GROOVES In its first two years the Smokin’ Grooves package tour was top-heavy with hip-hop, but it did make an attempt to reach out, tossing in Ziggy Marley and Spearhead in 1996 and George Clinton and Erykah Badu in ’97. This year organizers haven’t bothered with even the pretense of inclusiveness, but the lineup […]

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Reader to Reader

One morning I was driving to work on North. I was about four blocks west of Western. It was 8:30–buses, cars, drunks on the corner, kids walking to school. In front of me was a school bus. In front of the bus was a black car. Traffic was moving slowly. On the sidewalk I noticed […]

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Critic’s Choice/ theater

Brown and Black and White All Over Storyteller Antonio Sacre excels at revealing the deeper meaning behind even mundane moments–lunch with a parent, a chance meeting at a party. He can transform a mildly funny reminiscence about feeling awkward as an adolescent at a dance into a life-changing moment. So what happens when he tackles […]

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So, I Killed a Few People…

SO, I KILLED A FEW PEOPLE…, Annoyance Theatre. David Summers is remounting his one-man show So, I Killed a Few People… to get it up to speed for the New York International Fringe Festival next month. He needn’t have worried: on opening night he was already at full throttle as serial killer Archie Nunn, telling […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I am a 25-year-old mother of one, with another child on the way. I have been with the father of my unborn child for eight months. He is a great guy. He loves my daughter as if she was his own, and we are both very happy about the new baby. My problem […]