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Greater Tuna

GREATER TUNA, Center Theater and the Musical Repertorie Theatre, at the Theatre Building. Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard’s comedy, which features two actors playing 20 wacky residents of a tiny Texas backwater, is a sweet nothing of a play. Even the nastier members of this closed, whites-only society–a Klan leader, an alcoholic father, […]

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Dodging the Ballot

Dear Reader editor, Your paper recently reported, in an interesting Ted Kleine article about Alderman Helen Shiller and Sandra Reed called “Radical Chick” [April 2], that I in 1996 had run for committeeman in the 46th Ward. In fact, I was for a short time a candidate in the race, but my candidacy was withdrawn […]

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Fred Van Hove & Johannes Bauer

FRED VAN HOVE & JOHANNES BAUER Just a few years ago, the leading lights of the European free-music scene appeared in Chicago about as often as the Virgin Mary. There wasn’t much of an audience for their music because their import-only recordings were hard to come by, and not many promoters were willing to fly […]

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Savage Love

A few years back I took some snapshots of my wife-to-be. She was naked at the time. This unprocessed roll of film has been sitting in my desk for a while, and I’d like to get the pictures developed. However, I have no intention of going to the supermarket and having the old lady behind […]

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RESIDENTS They may be anonymous, but the Residents need little introduction. Since the mid-70s they’ve been held up as genuine, slickproof eccentric holdouts–a band to be cherished, if not necessarily listened to. Not to mention they were tech geeks before it was cool, which still endears them to tech geeks everywhere, even those who realize […]

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The Groundlings

THE GROUNDLINGS As anyone who’s seen All Star Instant Comedy With the Groundlings on cable can tell you, the LA-based Groundlings provide a slicker, noisier brand of improv, punching tag lines with the force of laugh-hungry stand-up comics and painting quickly in broad strokes the kind of well-defined characters guaranteed to win yuks from the […]

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Vietname: Long Time Coming

Vietnam: Long Time Coming Essential viewing. This documentary about a group of American and Vietnamese war veterans, many of them disabled, bicycling 1,200 miles from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is many things at once–act of witness, account of a multicultural exchange, sports story, journalistic investigation, and mourning for the devastation of war. Ultimately […]

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New Order

Sebadoh The Sebadoh (Sub Pop/Sire) By Franklin Soults Sebadoh’s new album, The Sebadoh, opens with a sustained dull electric buzz, like the sound of a cheap guitar amp turned up too loud. It’s a noise many old fans will surely take as a sonic welcome mat. After an unprecedented three-year hiatus, the loss of drummer […]

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Peabody Trio

PEABODY TRIO Aaron Jay Kernis, who last year won a Pulitzer for his string quartet, exemplifies postmodernism at its craftiest–he’s a parodist who grasps the consequences of his referential games. His music is meticulously fashioned, and its eclecticism shows off his erudition. And he knows when to be provocative and when to be playful, even […]

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Andrew Voigt

ANDREW VOIGT Andrew Voigt is best known as the V in the acronymically named saxophone quartet ROVA, which he cofounded in 1977 with Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, and Bruce Ackley and left almost exactly ten years later. That’s partially because there’s precious little documentation of the work he’s done since he quit: a 1990 duo […]

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SEBADOH The Sebadoh backlash was inevitable, even understandable, but that doesn’t mean it ain’t misguided. Sure, the new The Sebadoh (Sub Pop/Sire) isn’t as good as the last album, Harmacy (1996), just as Harmacy wasn’t as good as its predecessor, Bakesale (1994); sure, Lou Barlow’s left the cred-littered streets of Boston for the glitz of […]

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Weak Hand

Among Friends Victory Gardens Theater By Adam Langer I was appalled to learn that Harold Pinter’s current off-Broadway play, Ashes to Ashes, was commanding top ticket prices even though it’s only about 40 minutes long. But after seeing Kristine Thatcher’s new drama, Among Friends, I’m beginning to come around to the dollar-a-minute idea. There are […]

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Asian American Showcase

Asian American Showcase The fourth annual Asian American Showcase, presented by the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and the Film Center, concludes Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11. Screenings are at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Tickets are $7, $3 for Film Center members; for more information call 773-871-1977 […]