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The Red Address

THE RED ADDRESS, Red Wolf Theatre Company, at Center Theater. Chicago-born playwright David Ives is best known for his clever satirical works, including the much produced All in the Timing and Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread. With The Red Address he moves into serious drama, twisting his cleverness into an unlikely story about […]

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Letter to the Editor

Carol: Hey, it hurt the way you hated our “troubled and contradictory culture” (review by Carol Burbank of Danny Hoch’s Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, April 23), but I had to feel it, yo. I mean, you coming from a whole generation that’s pure righteousness and oneness of vision. Look at y’all! Stopping Vietnam, liberating everybody. […]

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In the Hot Seat

Not all qualified scientists agree on the existence or size of human-caused global warming, but the evidence for it has improved enough that practical people are starting to prepare for it anyway. Take General Motors, for instance, one of the “environmental bad guys” if you believe journalists James Ridgeway and Jeffrey St. Clair. GM’s chief […]

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Wilhelm Bruck & Theodor Ross

WILHELM BRUCK & THEODOR ROSS There isn’t exactly what you’d call a robust repertoire for guitar in contemporary classical music, and what literature does exist tends to be dry and academic, in the worst sense. In part that’s why German composer Helmut Lachenmann’s extraordinary 1977 guitar duet, Salut für Caudwell, was such a welcome addition […]

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Letter to the Editor

On your April 30 interview with Music Box Theatre programmer Brian Andreotti [Culture Club]: Landmark Theatre’s upcoming art-house multiplex in the Century mall puts the Music Box’s future at no more risk than Loews Cineplex does already by showing art films at the Fine Arts and Pipers Alley (read: not at all). On the contrary, […]

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Fred Lonberg-Holm: Site-Specific

FRED LONBERG-HOLM: SITE-SPECIFIC Site-Specific, the first release by the local indie label Explain, sports ubiquitous cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm’s name on its sleeve, and sure enough, every cut benefits from his wealth of styles and extended techniques. But the record’s not so much a showcase for him as it is a remarkable collection of improvised guitar […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear editors: Although Jeff Huebner’s article “Nice Works if You Can Find Them” [April 9] primarily focused on the conservation of Chicago’s public art, it raised another critical issue for Chicago’s visual arts. Scott Hodes highlighted it when he said, “Chicago doesn’t have the cultural infrastructure to support [its] artists–bottom line.” We cannot proclaim Chicago […]

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I Left My Sneaker In Dimension X

I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X, Runamuck Productions, at the Mercury Theater. Far too many children’s theater companies underestimate the intelligence of their audience. Rather than treating children’s theater as the complex art it ought to be, these troupes reduce it to a formulaic science. Good children’s theater encourages its audience to participate, to […]

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Dr. Lonnie Smith

DR. LONNIE SMITH Though keyboardist Dr. Lonnie Smith has outdistanced the soul preservationists of the acid-jazz wave with recent albums devoted to the music of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane, you still have to credit the revival of interest in organ jazz for his renewed career. When he left the scene in the 80s, the […]

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Mordine & Company Dance Theatre

Miguel Mancillas, cofounder of Antares Danza Contemporanea of Hermosillo, Mexico, says the piece he’s choreographed in collaboration with Mordine & Company Dance Theatre, Desert Eye, is about the effort to bring forth life from stones–whether in the desert or the city. But frankly I see little barrenness in this quartet, which is full of life […]

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Sweet Surrender

Sweet Surrender By Sarah Downey In 1982 Mike McDade paid his first visit to Chicago as a semifinalist in the International Mr. Leather contest. Last weekend, McDade made his second visit to speak about the spiritual side of sadomasochism during his class on master-slave relationships, “Path of the Obedient Heart I.” McDade, who is 53 […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories After marathon sessions in March, Alabama lieutenant governor Steve Windom survived a challenge to his powers in the state senate. However, because his opponents might have won votes if he left the podium even for a minute, he was forced to urinate into a pitcher at one point. The director of the state […]