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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 […]

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Gundecha Brothers

GUNDECHA BROTHERS Dhrupad is the purest, most austere style of northern Indian classical singing. Rooted in Vedic chants, it dates back to the 15th century, and its ancient grace is its strength: subsequent styles like khayal, ghazal, and even qawwali are flashier and less somber, frequently incorporating wild flights of vocal fancy. In a typical […]

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“Mahalia” (The Life and Music of Mahalia Jackson)

“Mahalia” (The Life and Music of Mahalia Jackson), Black Ensemble Theater, at the South Shore Cultural Center. The ballroom-size theater at the South Shore Cultural Center may seem spartan to Black Ensemble fans accustomed to the company’s cozy north-side facility. But the cavelike acoustics of the Paul Robeson Theater only magnify the power and exultation […]

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Articles of Dispute

Dear editor: Michael Miner’s excellent discussion of the JAMA-JFK affair [March 5] left much unsaid, not the least of which was that, whereas the journalists at the Chicago Headline Club honored Dennis Breo’s JFK articles in JAMA with the prestigious Lisagor award, the same articles earned a rebuke by Johns Hopkins’s Wayne Smith in one […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In March the Seattle Police Department ordered the 26 employees in its fingerprint unit to attend a half-hour safety class on how to sit down. Three of the unit’s employees had filed worker-compensation claims for injuries sustained as they attempted to sit in chairs with rollers. The proper technique, according to an internal […]

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The Day Silence Died

The Day Silence Died Paolo Agazzi’s enchanting, multilayered fable shows how mass communication corrupts a backward, insular village in the mountains of Bolivia. In the 1950s a self-described “radio operator” arrives in town to install a public loudspeaker system that will broadcast news and music, but this instrument of progress becomes a mouthpiece for the […]

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Do You Believe in Magic?

Do You Believe in Magic? By Sarah Downey After six weeks and no phone call, Valerie was fairly sure the relationship with her boyfriend was over. But it was a visit to a psychic–20 minutes at a dollar per–that finally persuaded her. Valerie, who’s 46, found Nora Herold at last weekend’s Psychic Fair at Fallen […]

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Witness to a Wedding

Attention Monica Kendrick: As a personal friend of David, Nerissa, and Katryna Nields, I will withhold my comments on the recent exchange of letters regarding their band’s quality [Spot Check, February 12; Letters, April 2]. However, having attended the wedding of David and Nerissa Nields some years ago, I felt compelled to set the record […]