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Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart This charming romantic comedy with a Los Angeles setting cuts between seemingly unconnected miniplots the way some Robert Altman movies do. In the final scenes the connections become clear, but until then the links are strictly thematic, having to do with love of one kind or another. A distraught man (Dennis Quaid) […]

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Jo Jo Murray

JO JO MURRAY Chicago-based blues and R & B vocalist Jo Jo Murray has a great sound–a sweet and gritty tenor that he complements with his fluid, sharp-toned guitar playing. But few people have heard it, at least on record. Murray cut his first single, “Why Baby,” for the tiny Sound-O-Riffic label in 1971, and […]

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Clownarchy Rules!

Clownarchy Rules! Drew Richardson used to be your everyday clown, performing the kind of shtick everyone does who studies clowning in theater school. But over the years his work has become smarter and more insightful, with the kind of honest emotional undercurrent that comes only when a performer is comfortable opening up onstage. Richardson has […]

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A Trombonist’s Tale

A Trombonist’s Tale Jeb Bishop’s trombone solos always have a destination: they may twist and turn over shifting and sometimes treacherous terrain, but they always end up precisely where he wanted them to go. Until recently, though, he couldn’t say the same about his career. In the last few years Bishop, 36, has become an […]

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Marshall Vente Project 99

MARSHALL VENTE PROJECT 99 Marshall Vente wears all his hats with equal flair: keyboardist, composer, arranger, even DJ (he hosts a Brazilian-music program on WDCB). He also leads five ensembles on a regular basis, but this little big band, now in its 20th year, is the granddaddy. Don’t let the name fool you: it’s really […]

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TRG Music listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ANNE MARIE AKIN & ELAINE MOORE Free tribute concert to Lilith Fair musicians on the birthday of Sarah McLachlan. Thursday, January 28, 1 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1426. FELIX & THE CATS Next Saturday, January 30, 7:30 PM, Norris Theatre, Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, […]

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Distancing Techniques

The Cultured Tourist at Carol Ehlers, through February 20 National Exposure VI at ARC, through January 30 Depth of Field at Peter Miller, through February 13 By Fred Camper In 1864 Marcus Aurelius Root listed some of photography’s “benefits” in a book described by critic Vicki Goldberg as “the first American …brief for photography as […]

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Archie Shepp & Mark Isham

ARCHIE SHEPP & MARK ISHAM One look at this bill is enough to make any informed listener check the ingredients in the cold medicine he took the night before. What is Archie Shepp, saxist and former black-power firebrand, doing onstage with Mark Isham, new-cool trumpeter and New Age-inspired film composer? They’ve come together as part […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In November South African inventor Charl Fourie introduced a $1,000 flame-throwing apparatus for cars designed to thwart car jackers. A gas canister in the trunk feeds tubes that run under the forward doors, and a spark ignites a flame that shoots out about seven feet. The device is legal in South Africa, which […]