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Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters

WALTER “WOLFMAN” WASHINGTON & THE ROADMASTERS New Orleans guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington draws on everything from his hometown tradition of street-parade improvisation to the urbane blues of Bobby “Blue” Bland and hard-driving contemporary funk–but it all sticks together, thanks to his dead-on earnestness and raucous good humor. On last year’s Funk Is in the House […]

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Rhythm & Brass

RHYTHM & BRASS Musicians never tire of “Caravan,” the famous 1937 bijou written by Ellington Orchestra trombonist Juan Tizol: it’s been grist for everyone from nouveau swing bands to contemporary Latin-jazz outfits. Even Rhythm & Brass–a hip, eclectic sextet parading in the guise of a classically trained brass-and-percussion ensemble–is not immune to its charms. But […]

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Rush Judgment

Dear editor, Let’s soothe Victoria Kuohung and Raymond Nomizu’s concerns that mayoral candidate Bobby Rush is racist toward Asian-Americans (Letters, February 12). Yes, in his “Rush Job” (February 5) Neal Pollack regaled readers with an anecdote in which Rush visited an unnamed Asian restaurant (or in Pollack’s affectionate terms, a “chop suey parlor”) on Sheridan […]

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Barbara Brussell

BARBARA BRUSSELL Some cabaret singers whisper you slowly into their intimate musical microcosms; Barbara Brussell might whisper at the start of her show, but she goes from zero to 60 in nothing flat, pinning her listeners to their seats with a stage presence only slightly scaled down from a Broadway opening. She has a big […]

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Good-bye to a Good Guy

To acquire even the technical skills required to become a recording engineer takes sacrifice, sweat, and countless hundreds of (undercompensated) hours. Match that with the creativity and people skills it takes to collaborate with artists in the studio, when they are at their most vulnerable, and you have a rare individual indeed. Thank you Peter […]

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The Cairn Stones

THE CAIRN STONES, Bailiwick Repertory. Anne V. McGravie’s play, receiving its world premiere with this Bailiwick production, is based on an interesting premise: the reunion of an elderly man with his childhood love, who returns to Ireland from Chicago, stirring up long repressed feelings in the man’s eccentric half sister. And McGravie’s characters–all of them […]

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City File

“In 1979, CANDO [the Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations] had no real model to follow,” the group reflects in its 1998-’99 annual report. “There were no citywide neighborhood economic development coalitions from which to borrow organizational concepts. For the most part, CANDO had to invent itself from its original base of eight neighborhood-based nonprofit […]

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H.T. Chen & Dancers

H.T. Chen & Dancers In one variation on multicultural approaches, Asian-American choreographer H.T. Chen uses modern dance to depict the experiences of Chinese immigrants to this country over the last 150 years, conducting research and interviews to obtain his material. (Chen was born in Shanghai and raised in Taiwan, then moved to New York, where […]

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The Straight Dope

I have heard that armadillos carry leprosy. Is this true? How about any other nasty diseases? –Tom Wilkinson, via AOL A query to the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board drew the following response: “Q. Why don’t lepers play hockey? A. Too many face-offs.” You see why scientific progress is slow. I have, however, established that […]