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Sandra Hall

SANDRA HALL Sandra Hall spent over two decades scuffling on the southern blues and R & B circuit–until, in the late 80s, she landed a few gigs at Blind Willie’s in Atlanta, an international mecca for blues fans. She parlayed that exposure into a series of festival bookings and European tours, and in 1995 she […]

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Mysterious Collapse

Disappeared Roadworks Productions at Steppenwolf Studio Theatre By Justin Hayford A mystery lurks at the heart of Disappeared, but it’s not the one the playwright intended. Phyllis Nagy’s 1995 play is a kind of philosophical thriller-cum-murder mystery. One night a curious man in an ill-fitting suit appears in a Hell’s Kitchen bar, ready to chat […]

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Serious Funnies

By Michael Miner Serious Funnies Long before Funky Winker-bean introduced its current story line, in which a principal character discovers she has breast cancer, King Features had compiled the upcoming strips into a booklet and sent it to editors. The Hazelton Standard-Speaker, a small Pennsylvania paper, decided the trials of Lisa and Les Moore would […]

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Kenny Drew Jr. Quartet

KENNY DREW JR. QUARTET An inheritance can be a burden as well as a gift, as Kenny Drew Jr. well knows. He received his name and his talent from his father, who played piano with Lester Young and Sonny Rollins in the 50s and composed several hundred jazz songs before his death in ’93, and […]

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Kurt Elling and the Tyego Dance Project

KURT ELLING AND THE TYEGO DANCE PROJECT What’s surprising about this “Traffic” concert is the degree of collaboration between choreographer August Tye and jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, who’s performing live. Choreographers usually fit movement to a previously composed piece of music–and Tye has done this with some of Elling’s repertoire. But they’ve flipped the process, […]

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Spring Fever

Katherine Shaughnessy: Doegirl–and Other Adventures in Bioengineering at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through February 20 Butter at Margin, through February 27 Helen Mirra at Chicago Project Room, through February 27 By Fred Camper Perhaps it’s the long winter or the anticipation of spring, but it appears to be silly season in several Chicago galleries this month. […]

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Show Us the Money

I read with interest “Day of the Condo” [January 15], the report in which developer Mark Weiss’s proposal to build 30 expensive condos and retail spaces in northwest Uptown was maligned by some of the agitated neighbors who fear “the costs will price many people out, so we’ll lose our diversity.” Now, I haven’t seen […]

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Signal to Noise

SIGNAL TO NOISE, Now Theatre, at Victory Gardens Theater. A dying artist, unable to complete his final work, creates it in his head. It’s an oft-told tale, treated effectively in the film Providence and Borges’s story “The Secret Miracle,” that fails to compel in Marc Rosenbush and Robert Toombs’s slick adaptation of Neil Gaiman and […]

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Who’s the Boss?

Re: “Rush Job,” February 5 To the editors: I was astonished, to say the least, that such an article was printed in your “progressive” paper. For a city in such terrible conditions I thought that your writers would be objective in their writings concerning our mayoral candidates. As a concerned native of this city, I […]