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New York Eye and Ear Cointrol

New York Eye and Ear Control Canadian artist Michael Snow is better known for Wavelength (1967), but this rarely screened 1964 film is playful and wonderfully inventive in its exploration of issues that have long preoccupied him. The camera moves across landscapes and cityscapes, often discovering enigmatic life-size silhouettes of a woman standing in a […]

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Jazz Mandolin Project

JAZZ MANDOLIN PROJECT Their name seems to promise mandolins as far as the ear can hear–and if that were what they actually delivered, it’d be reason enough to ignore them entirely. But the JMP features only a single mandolinist, Jamie Masefield, and he doubles on banjo in what’s really a variation on the tried-and-true power […]

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The Straight Dope

I read somewhere years ago that when you flush the toilet with the lid open, a plume of contaminated water droplets is ejected into the air and lands on everything in the bathroom, including (yuck) your toothbrush. Women I mention this to nod knowingly, but among men it is met with scorn, the common view […]

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Maureen Fleming and Loretta Livingston

Maureen Fleming and Loretta Livingston If contortionists make your stomach churn, you won’t like Maureen Fleming. Ditto if you’re offended by nudity onstage. But if you’re a fan of the human body’s abstract beauty–of its rolling, shifting planes, ridges, and bumps–Fleming’s solo After Eros should be a treat. A New Yorker who was born in […]

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Nothing Is Real

The Matrix Directed and written by Andy and Larry Wachowski With Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. By Bill Stamets Christ is one prototype for comic book superheroes: he transcends earthly laws and fights evil powers. His first episode may have ended badly, with that bloody business on the cross, […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 4/16 – Thursday 4/22 APRIL By Cara Jepsen 16 FRIDAY “The primary challenges facing black lesbians and gays are internal, not external,” says Keith Boykin. His latest book, Respecting the Soul: Daily Reflections for Black Lesbians and Gays, is full of inspiring words from people like Alvin Ailey, Angela Davis, Queen Latifah, and Sapphire. […]

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Correction

Last week’s Section Two drama listing for Symposium Theatre’s Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline included comments about a previous production of the same play by a different theater company. We apologize for the mistake. The current show will be reviewed in an upcoming issue. The editors

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Fun and Nobody

Fun and Nobody, Step Right Up, at Stage Left Theatre. Two vivid snapshots of late-20th-century middle-American alienation are offered in Howard Korder’s interrelated one-acts. In the first, Fun, two disaffected teens roam the suburban wasteland of malls, superhighways, and fast-food restaurants futilely searching for an escape from their bleak future. The second, Nobody, suggests what […]

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Other Worlds: Time and Place in Recent Avant-Garde Film

Other Worlds: Time and Place in Recent Avant-Garde Film The six works on this program are connected only loosely, but the strongest three evoke feelings of almost surreal dislocation. Lewis Klahr’s Marietta’s Lied, concerning the forced emigration of Jewish-German composers in the 1930s, uses cutout animation of performers floating across shifting backgrounds, often of ruined […]

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Joan of Arc

JOAN OF ARC “I’m just so, so / So sick / Of the city,” Tim Kinsella moans quietly into a tape recorder on the title piece of Joan of Arc’s forthcoming third album, Live in Chicago, 1999 (which is not a concert record; you pronounce the “i” short). “I’m just so sick of shouting / […]

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Restaurant Tours: catches of the day

Chicagoans continue to gobble up all the fish they can find, but somehow specialized seafood houses have a tough time surviving. Though seafood scarfing has increased exponentially since the early 80s, and the mainstays–the Cape Cod Room, Shaw’s Crab House, and Nick’s Fishmarket–have all enjoyed long life spans, many other fine fish houses have sunk […]

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Oumou Sangare

OUMOU SANGARE Like the American protest singers of the 60s, when Oumou Sangare began to challenge the mores of her native Mali in the late 80s, she couched her harsh words in pretty sounds. Over the course of three hypnotic albums Sangare has openly criticized the oppressive traditions of Malian male hegemony, from polygamy to […]

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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, continues Friday through Wednesday, April 16 through 21. Film and video screenings will be at Water Tower, 845 N. Michigan; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Latino Experimental Theatre, 1814 S. Paulina; Northeastern Illinois Univ., 5500 […]