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Grant Park Symphony Orchestra

GRANT PARK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto (1987), his earliest orchestral work, shows both the appeal and the limitations of minimalism. Its sonorities can mesmerize, evoking the meditative ecstasy that marks much Tibetan Buddhist music, and the soloist leaps and glides in marvelous arabesques. But Glass merely nods to the three-movement convention, differentiating the […]

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True Grit

Awkward Festival Theater of the Awkward in Sarah’s backyard In Memory of Lorca–Voces Ansiosas Cinco/Anxious Voices V Association House By Jack Helbig All art flows from the margins and edges, because artists who have not yet become successful can buck the status quo, creating work that might challenge or offend an audience. Ten years ago, […]

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Out of Order

OUT OF ORDER In the early 80s, when Chicago’s hardcore punk scene was thriving, Out of Order commanded a devoted statewide following of Mohawked and flanneled teenagers who thrashed in counterclockwise circles and screamed out the choruses to burners like “Concerned,” “Cell Block B,” and “Survival of the Fittest.” The quartet had talent to spare, […]

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The Kingdom and The Kingdom II

The Kingdom and The Kingdom II An obnoxious neurosurgeon (Ernest-Hugo Jaregard), infamous for plagiarism before he came from Sweden to work at the Kingdom–a Copenhagen hospital built on ancient marshland–botches an operation on a young girl; his hatred of all things Danish becomes a refrain in this satanic social commentary. Nuanced repetitious behavior is one […]

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City File

Was discrimination the problem? Percentage of adults with disabilities holding jobs in 1986: 33. Percentage holding jobs in 1998, eight years after passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act: 29 (Washington Post, July 23). It’s official–men are about five times nastier than women. The “Compiler” (summer), published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, reports […]

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Gene Coleman

GENE COLEMAN Sometimes you can literally see the exactitude and intellectual passion that drive Gene Coleman’s clarinet playing and composing. His graphic scores, drafted in his precise hand, look almost as good in a frame as they sound in concert–and the hardwood dance floor he just installed at the new HotHouse is pretty impressive too. […]

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The Straight Dope

An issue came up the other evening over dinner. Do identical twins have different fingerprints? If it’s a genetic trait, one would think the twins would have the same fingerprints at birth; yet we are told everyone has unique prints. Please help me so I can get some sleep. –Kraig Griebenow, via the Internet If […]

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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins X

The Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s marathon showcase of emerging talent features a slew of fringe companies and solo artists. Hoping to honor the spirit of the late anarchist author of Woodstock Nation, “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” was founded to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, and emulates that countercultural benchmark by offering an […]

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American Atrocities

geronimo.qxd “Radical Without a Cause”???????? Young Chairman Fred is “A Radical With One Hundred Million Plus Causes”!!!! You are a “Newspaper Without a Clue”!!!!! Your article of July 10 reeks of the racism that permeates this country, and is irresponsible journalism at its worst. Since you seem to be living under a rock, I will […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 8/21 – Thursday 8/27 AUGUST By Cara Jepsen 21 FRIDAY In 1995 a record by a former University of Chicago divinity school grad student turned jazz singer called Close Your Eyes had critics exclaiming, “A star is born!” Tonight local boy made good Kurt Elling will celebrate his latest release, This Time It’s Love, […]

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Deadly Logic

wilson.qxd Harold Henderson, as usual, writes from ignorance (City File, July 17) when he attacks an on-line newsletter that blames guns in Philadelphia for handgun violence. “Now why is it that guns–which aren’t any more common in Philadelphia–are at fault?” asks our astute Reader clipping critic. I know obnoxious rhetorical questions from the “Dept. of […]

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Kurt Elling

KURT ELLING On his first album Chicago-based vocalist Kurt Elling intrigued audiences, and on his second he challenged them. On his newly released This Time It’s Love (Blue Note), he tries to massage them–and woo a few new listeners as well–with an album of love songs. But Elling’s artistic restlessness and natural iconoclasm wouldn’t let […]