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Real Magic

Graciela Iturbide: Images of the Spirit at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, through August 29 By Janina A. Ciezadlo A muscular young man is partly visible behind a curtain formed by what seem to be angel wings. Apparently impersonating a god, he wears a crown of thorns twisted from ocotillo cactus–a ubiquitous plant in […]

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Black Heart Procession

BLACK HEART PROCESSION On 2, the second album by San Diego’s Black Heart Procession, Pall A. Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel further distance themselves from the dull drone rock of their better-known band, Three Mile Pilot. The new record, their first for Touch and Go, develops a casual but highly personal take on Americana: its superficially […]

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Spot Check

WILL OLDHAM 7/16, LOUNGE AX I’ve never understood the personality cult surrounding this New-York-by-way-of-Chicago-by-way-of-Louisville singer-songwriter. On over a dozen records (most of them credited to Palace or variations thereof) he’s created plenty of eerie 3 AM moments whose sparse, bluesy neo-Appalachianisms translate just fine to the angst of the urban urbane. But just because he’s […]

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Alabama Rain

Alabama Rain, Wing & Groove Theatre Company. There can be no disagreement that Alabama Rain’s premise is provocative: a small town in the deep south has been without water for 40 years, and a drought-inspired torpor has taken a surreal toll–corpses refuse to be buried, pregnancies go on for years at a time, and the […]

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Who’s Responsible?

Dear Ms. Levine: The anonymous article on the May 21, 1999, cover of the Chicago Reader entitled “History of Abuse” and written by “William K.” has perhaps forged a new standard (or substandard) in journalism to which the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights takes exception. In addition to the offensive, blasphemous illustration on […]

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Caught in the Net

Captured at www.thetrip.com/ completetraveler/article/0,1355,1-1-4_2109,00.html Protecting Your Computer From Spills by Warren Epstein June 14, 1999 The man in seat 22-C was tapping away on his laptop, working a spread sheet at 30,000 feet, when disaster struck. He reached for his Bloody Mary, missed, and spilled the drink all over his keyboard.The flight attendant rushed to […]

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The Taming of the Shrew

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, at the Peabody Estate at Mayslake. Alison C. Vesely’s staging is as sensitive and focused as this difficult play deserves, overcoming the supposed sexism of Shakespeare’s comedy by establishing from the start the leveling passion between shrewish Kate and piggish Petruchio. Independent to a fault and […]

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Zoned Out

By Michael Marsh For nine years I covered high school sports for three local newspapers. Sometimes I wondered why I stuck with it, watching football games during hot humid days in the late summer and cold wet nights in the fall. After basketball games I’d anxiously wait for teenagers to get off pay phones. Sometimes […]

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Out of the Frame

To the editor: I would like to suggest to the author of the comic strip “The City” (June 11) that his portrayal of the Serbia-Kosovo bombing is incomplete by 16 frames. The author uses only four frames to illustrate the devastation inflicted by four errant NATO bombs, when in fact we know that 20 out […]

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City File

Unless they’ve contributed to my campaign fund. “At a fund-raising dinner,” reports Sam Smith in the “Progressive Review” (June 11), “the President promised more actions like that against Yugoslavia to aid people attacked for their racial, ethnic or religious background: ‘If we can stop it, we intend to stop it.’ It was not clear whether […]

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Is There Anything Going on Upstairs?

IS THERE ANYTHING GOING ON UPSTAIRS?, at the American Theater Company. Denise La Grassa is a true hybrid, part jazzy cabaret singer, part trippy performance artist, part witty stand-up comic. And her current collagelike show–a combination of monologues, scenes, and songs–reflects her eclecticism and energy. There’s something thrilling about watching her leap from one character […]

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Hemingway Centennial Celebration

Hemingway Centennial Celebration Papa Culture: Ernest Hemingway would have turned 100 this year, and Oak Park, the author’s hometown, has organized what it calls “the nation’s premiere celebration” of the event. The multidisciplinary nature of the celebration is only fitting: Hemingway’s influence as a cultural figure looms large over the worlds of art, film, and […]

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Creep Shows

The Collector Stone Circle Theatre Ensemble at the Performance Loft, Second Unitarian Church of Chicago Spoils of War Pyewacket at Center Theater By Adam Langer The creepiest characters are the ones whose evil actions derive from all-too-recognizable human impulses. Like Travis Bickle before him, John Hinckley was just trying to impress his dream date when […]