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Diane Delin

DIANE DELIN The classical associations of the violin only go so far in explaining its rarity in jazz. The instrument is widely considered the hardest to learn–at least, the hardest to learn well enough to play in public–and in a music dependent on improvisation, which in turn depends on virtuosity, the winnowing process becomes accordingly […]

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Trouble Fitting In

Three for One: Monologues for the New Millennium; or Just Get Over It Live Bait Theater, through September 12 By Justin Hayford Edward Thomas-Herrera’s new monologue, Cocktail Confidential, is an apt introduction to “Three for One,” Live Bait’s evening of solo pieces dedicated to outsiders muscling their way into various social circles. In the past […]

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Petty Crime

July 16, 8 PM, 600 block of West Surf. Burglary. Man broke window of car and removed garage-door opener, which he subsequently used to get into car owner’s garage. He took phone, bike, three bottles of beer, and opener and fled. July 16, 9 PM, 5400 block of South Cornell. Battery. Man came home to […]

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Joe Ely

JOE ELY The rich tradition of Texas country folk, birthed and nurtured by bards like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock, and Steve Earle, is often cited as the cradle of alternative country. Problem is, few of the new exponents can dredge up the lyrical depth or poetic beauty of the originals. On […]

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Garage Fire

Various Artists Tuff Jams: Speed Garage: the Underground Sound of London (Ultra) Various Artists Basslines (Moonshine) By Michaelangelo Matos Speed garage is the newest convolution of a wrinkle to come out of the underground dance scene, and no, I don’t blame you if you think you can’t be bothered. On-line I recently came across a […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I’ve recently started dating this great guy. He’s creative, sensitive, good-looking, and intelligent, but there’s one problem. Before he started dating me, he was a virgin (he used to be phobically shy around women) and watched a lot–and I mean A LOT–of porn. Now, I don’t have anything against some good porn once […]

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In Loving Memory

The Son of Gascogne Rating *** A must see Directed by Pascal Aubier Written by Patrick Modiano and Aubier With Gregoire Colin, Dinara Droukarova, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Laszlo Szabo, Pascal Bonitzer, Otar Iosseliani, Alexandra Stewart, and Jean-Claude Brialy. By Jonathan Rosenbaum It’s been a full quarter of a century, but I still harbor fond memories of […]

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Ara Da Capo

ARIA DA CAPO, CollaborAction, at Strawdog Theatre. This seminal 40-minute one-act by poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was penned in 1919, just as the Jazz Age was about to break out in a riot of flappers and lounge lizards. To intellectuals like Millay, however, that hysterical euphoria seemed a collective denial of the hard sacrifices […]

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Artistic License

wiens.qxd Dear editor, I’d like to correct a mistake that appeared in your Calendar section this week (July 31). Your writer chose to illustrate the pluck demonstrated by Pilsen’s Dogmatic Gallery by noting that it is moving to new digs this month, “undeterred by harsh words from the New Art Examiner’s Ann Wiens, who called […]

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Arturo Sandoval Big Band

ARTURO SANDOVAL BIG BAND On his new Hot House (N2K), trumpeter Arturo Sandoval leads a high-strung, tightly tuned, incendiary big band, liberally spiced with the percussion instruments of his native Cuba. He brings the same full-throttle arrangements and many of the same musicians to Chicago, in the second band he’s toured with this summer–and we […]

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American Analog Set

AMERICAN ANALOG SET It used to be that the American Analog Set played only when the four members, all on-again, off-again college students from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, happened to be home at the same time. Now, with two albums, two singles, and an EP to their name, they’re all stationed in Austin, but their […]

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Peter Schreier

PETER SCHREIER German singers tend to go about their business more efficiently, consistently, and thoughtfully than their southern European counterparts. As a result their art, as exemplified by soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, is more subtle in its emotional shading, but it’s also visibly less demonstrative–which is probably why Germany and other Nordic […]

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Henry Butler

HENRY BUTLER Even by New Orleans standards, pianist Henry Butler is eclectic. In addition to being a classically trained vocalist, he was mentored by such Crescent City legends as reedman Alvin Batiste (who schooled him in the improvisational legacy of Bud Powell and Charlie Parker) and R & B pianist Professor Longhair, and his career […]

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Where the Wild Things Are

Beast Women Great Beast Theater at the O Bar & Cafe, through August 30 By Carol Burbank Women have no wilderness in them–according to poet Louise Bogan, at least. More often than not I’ve reluctantly agreed with her: I’ve seen more coy confessions than wild experiments from Chicago’s female performance artists, poetry slammers, and monologuists. […]