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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. […]

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Soul on Ice

Thompson.qxd To the editor: Adam Langer’s story on Fred Hampton’s son (“Radical Without a Cause,” July 10) tried to promote a cynical and antiblack outlook. To write such slander against the son of the Black Panther leader who made such a heroic effort to change the face of Chicago politics is irresponsible and deepens the […]

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City File

Hello, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you out of a job. “Stopping industrial development in the name of ‘environmental justice’ will do nothing to alleviate poor environmental conditions or public health problems in low-income and minority communities,” writes Jonathan Adler in “Intellectual Ammunition” (June/July), published by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute. “However, […]

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Is Bob Greene Irresponsible?/ Sun-Times: Appearances Be Damned

Is Bob Greene Irresponsible “To be sure, there is nothing inherently wrong with a single writer being both reporter and commentator. The fact just places a greater responsibility on the writer to ensure accuracy and objectivity in reporting the underlying facts, especially if the object of his commentary is to be extraordinarily and incessantly criticized.” […]

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An Evening With the Divas of Dance

An Evening With the Divas of Dance Bill Clinton’s not the only person famous for dancing around the issues who’ll be giving testimony on August 17: that night Steppenwolf’s interdisciplinary “Traffic” series brings together three brilliant figures from post-World War II American dance. Broadway legend Gwen Verdon–Bob Fosse’s muse and artistic inheritor–starred in such shows […]