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Brad Mehldau Trio

BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO I’ve never seen pianist Brad Mehldau when he wasn’t the best musician onstage. When he first showed up in Chicago, an unheralded newcomer anchoring the rhythm section for altoist Chris Hollyday in 1991, his solos rang with the authoritative clarity of Steuben glass. And upon his return in 1993, with Joshua Redman’s […]

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Eye of God

Eye of God, Firstborn Productions, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Tim Blake Nelson’s eerie parable about the violent consequences of a marriage between a shy waitress and an overzealous ex-con is neither flawless nor perfectly realized: the dialogue is extremely raw, and Nelson’s exploration of morality borders on the oppressive at times. In the hands of […]

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Slums of Beverly Hills

Slums of Beverly Hills Though hypocritical in the way it sensationalizes sexuality, this serious and funny movie about a 15-year-old coming to terms with her body and her family in 1976 is, refreshingly, never coy or ironic. In a voice-over that probably isn’t necessary, Vivian Abramowitz (Natasha Lyonne) elaborates on her experiences living in a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The notorious Japanese TV game show Super Jockey (which features stunts like contestants eating repulsively flavored ice cream) recently began giving away commercial time by inviting potential sponsors to bring in bikini-clad women to be dunked in scalding water. The companies would then be rewarded with commercial time equal to the number of […]

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Around the Coyote Arts Festival

Around the Coyote Arts Festival Running September 10 through 13, the ninth edition of this annual multidisciplinary arts exhibition in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown area showcases the work of emerging artists in all media–including more than 20 theater, improv comedy, and spoken-word/poetry productions, as shown in the following listings. Performances take place at the Chopin Theatre, […]

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Crap Shooting

Snake Eyes Rating ** Worth seeing Directed by Brian De Palma Written by David Koepp and De Palma With Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Stan Shaw, Kevin Dunn, Michael Rispoli, Joel Fabiani, and Luis Guzman. By Jonathan Rosenbaum For me, part of the fun of Snake Eyes is the genuine satisfaction of […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I am a heterosexual woman fascinated by the idea of fisting. My lover, always willing to indulge, was gentle and slow the first time we tried it, and he made sure I was hot and wet before beginning. We made it to four of his fingers inserted up to his knuckles before it […]

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Fangs for the Memories

Bauhaus at the Riviera, August 28 By Monica Kendrick In her book Our Vampires, Ourselves, a penetrating and sometimes hilarious study of literary and cinematic leeches as the personification of cultural taboos, Nina Auerbach reminds us that it was Bram Stoker who coined the word “undead.” He needed a word that would accurately convey the […]

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Sports Section

It was pure pandemonium when the Saint Louis Cardinals came to Wrigley Field last month, pitting Mark McGwire head-to-head against Sammy Sosa in the race to surpass Roger Maris. Along Irving Park Road and–so I heard–the other arteries leading to the ballpark, the atmosphere grew more intense the closer one got to Clark and Addison. […]

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Dave Clark & The Blues Swingers

DAVE CLARK & THE BLUES SWINGERS Multi-instrumentalist Dave Clark is probably best known in Chicago blues as the smooth and sinewy saxist who helped resuscitate Floyd McDaniel’s career in the mid-80s. But Clark originally made his name as a guitarist: a devotee of the precise, sharp-toned attack pioneered by Chicago axmen like the late Eddie […]

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Cafe Tango 2000

CAFE TANGO 2000 This cabaret program of 20 or so of the tango’s “greatest hits,” artfully designed for a corps of dancers by choreographer Jorge Niedas, is meant to be a sketch of its journey to the cultural mainstream, from turn-of-the-century whorehouse to tango salon to contemporary concert hall. Niedas shies away from the Vegas […]

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Spot Check

DYLAN HICKS 9/4, SCHUBAS There’s nothing particularly unusual about this Minneapolis indie-pop singer-songwriter, but he does embody some of the best virtues of the embattled breed; his songs are accessible, self-effacing, well arranged, and clever. So clever, in fact, that all possible potshots are disarmed right there in the lyric sheet to his Poughkeepsie (No […]