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Spinanes

SPINANES When they debuted at the International Pop Underground Convention in Olympia, Washington, in 1991, the Spinanes embodied the fresh promise of indie pop. Portland natives Rebecca Gates (guitar and vocals) and Scott Plouf (drums) played ingratiatingly tuneful, bedroom-bred guitar pop; their early sets included a song about having a crush on Jad Fair and […]

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Twin Peeks

David Teplica at Stephen Daiter, through September 19 By Fred Camper Some early cultures were so appalled by the phenomenon of identical twins that they killed them. Our own more humane society tends to find them merely cute. But not David Teplica, a Chicago photographer and MD with an active practice in plastic and reconstructive […]

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Ellery Eskelin Trio

ELLERY ESKELIN TRIO Tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin has worked in a variety of cool contexts over the years–alone, in the quartet Joint Venture with trumpeter Paul Smoker, in a trio with guitarist Marc Ribot that paid homage to Gene Ammons, in another trio with tubaist Joe Daley–but clearly his four-year-old trio with keyboardist Andrea Parkins […]

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Barbarians at the Gates

steele.qxd Dear editor: Your article on Gallery 37 [“The Show Must Move On,” August 14] was very interesting. Gallery 37 does a wonderful job of keeping Chicago’s teenagers busy after school and in the summer. Teens learn important job skills. They learn about the creative process. They learn about themselves. Teenagers need to learn these […]

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The Time Machine

The Time Machine, Charmaine & Company and ClassicWorks Theatre Company. H.G. Wells’s prototypical science fiction story is perfectly suited to puppet-show adaptation, given the two disparate races it depicts, the gentle, childlike Eloi and the hulking, brutal Morlocks. These creatures are encountered by a scientist who, discovering a way to break into the fourth dimension, […]

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Peter Blegvad

PETER BLEGVAD Before the British trio Slapp Happy was absorbed by prog-rock behemoth Henry Cow in 1974, it made a few albums that could have turned pop inside out–if anyone had heard them. On the best (and easiest to find), 1973’s Acnalbasac Noom (ReR), singer Dagmar Krause, keyboardist Anthony Moore, guitarist Peter Blegvad, and the […]

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Kool Keith

KOOL KEITH Kool Keith is just one of the many faces of rapper Keith Thornton, best known for his otherworldly contributions to the Dr. Octagon project, with producer Automator and DJ Q-Bert. Thornton made his mark in the 80s with New York’s Ultramagnetic MC’s, but his early work did little to prepare listeners for the […]

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Trio Globo

TRIO GLOBO The band’s name describes the music it plays–music from around the world, Rio to New Delhi, Oslo to Johannesburg. But almost any project that stars Howard Levy ought to have the word “globo” in its name. The Chicago-based Levy is a musical polymath, absorbing both musical styles and musical skills like a sponge. […]

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Radical Misunderstanding

The Love Song of Saul Alinsky Terrapin Theatre at the Blue Rider Theatre It’s tough to say what famed Chicago political activist Saul Alinsky might have had in common with the discontented, dyspeptic narrator of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” The radical organizer’s righteous anger doesn’t exactly jibe with Prufrock’s almost […]

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What Every Girl Should Know…An Ode to Judy Blume

WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW…AN ODE TO JUDY BLUME, Annoyance Theatre. With an odd combination of tongue-in-cheek cynicism and genuine admiration, adapter-director Susan Messing stages three coming-of-age stories by Judy Blume, novelist for the pubescent reader. Aided by fellow adapter Mary Scruggs, Messing preserves the novels’ reassuring, perky tone, most notably that of the classic […]

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Lucia Mad

LUCIA MAD, TinFish Theatre. Poor Lucia Joyce. Creative but not brilliant, attractive but way too needy, she never found her place in life or in the arts–her attempts in the dance world came to naught. Her hopeless love for the notoriously anhedonic Samuel Beckett is the stuff of legend (apparently he merely tolerated her attentions […]

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Around the Coyote

Around the Coyote Around the Coyote Arts Festival presents a program of independent works by local artists on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13. Films will be screened by video projection at Celluloid Moviebar, 1805 W. Division. For more information, call 773-772-3663. The Need Thomas Gustafson’s debut is a short narrative about the desire […]