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Chicago Improv Festival

Chicago Improv Festival Now in its second year and running through April 11, this annual celebration of the art of improvisational comedy brings together members of the international improv scene for performances and workshops. Featured out-of-towners this year include the formerly Chicago-based Upright Citizens Brigade; Minneapolis’s Brave New Workshop in a return visit; New York’s […]

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Daddy Dearest

I was astonished more than I can say that you printed a letter from Neil Elliott in which he claimed that I was doing dope and alcohol when I was 14 and that my father is “incredibly good-looking” [Our Town, March 26; Letters, April 2]. In actual fact I’m pretty sure that I was 13, […]

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Kol Simcha

KOL SIMCHA Though the name of this Swiss (yes, Swiss) klezmer quintet translates as “Voice of Joy,” it plays a brand of klezmer designed more for a concert hall than a village wedding reception. Kol Simcha tempers the wildness of eastern European folk song with both its watchmaker’s precision and its unusual instrumentation. Traditional klezmer […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

Chicago Latino Film Festival The 15th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs Friday, April 9, through Wednesday, April 21. Film and video screenings will be at Water Tower, 845 N. Michigan; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Art Institute Rubloff Auditorium, Columbus Drive at Monroe; Field Museum […]

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No More Free Fish

Dear Mr. Kleine: Any composition that has used Helen Shiller’s name in context with the word “chick” I feel compelled to respond to [April 2]. There were many inaccuracies in your article. I would like to point out several, if you’ll allow me. First of all, please verify the battered-women’s shelter somebody was going to […]

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Sparklehorse

SPARKLEHORSE If you don’t like a Sparklehorse song, wait a few seconds and it’ll change. The “band,” which actually consists of Mark Linkous and whichever friends happen to be on hand, has just put out its second full-length, Good Morning Spider, and from the very first track it’s hard to hum along with: “Pig” comes […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Catholic officials in Brazil attribute the recent 250 percent increase in church attendance to priest Marcelo Rossi, 31, a singer and former aerobics instructor described by young female parishioners as a hunk. His high-energy masses, which regularly draw crowds of 20,000, are held in a stadium, where assistants throw buckets of holy water […]

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Helen’s Spin Cycle

Dear Pat Arden: With regard to Ted Kleine’s article on April 2, 1999, about the 46th Ward, there are a few details that require correction and clarification. While the article was relatively balanced and fair, I realize that the Reader is known for its attention-grabbing headlines and controversial essays; however, it is important that factual […]

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Refuge

REFUGE, Plasticene, at the National Pastime Theater. In Refuge, Dexter Bullard’s movement-theater troupe introduces audiences to a dislocating, fascinating world where walls of glass, wood, and paper careen around the stage, depositing and gathering up mysterious suitcases and their owners with hypnotic speed. Just as the actor-dancers form tableaux, relationships, and rivalries but find no […]