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What Farocki Taught

Jill Godmilow describes this recent half-hour short as a precise remake, in color and English, of Harun Farocki’s 1969 black-and-white German film Inextinguishable Fire, and while I have some quarrels with it, this fascinating intervention is bound to generate some interesting debate (at this screening she’ll discuss it with experimental filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, which should […]

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Snooty, Bailiwick Repertory. Renewing its commitment to the hearing impaired with its “Deaf Bailiwick Artists” program, the company offers the Chicago premiere of this brief, well-meaning script by Raymond Luczak, which won first place in a 1990 New York deaf-theater competition. Set in a school for the hearing impaired, the play follows the trials of […]

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His Name is Alive

His Name Is Alive Warren Defever, the restless creative mind behind His Name Is Alive, continues to defy coherent description with his group’s new album, Ft. Lake (4AD). In some ways it’s HNIA’s most conventional effort–although keyboards and snatches of electronics pepper a few tunes, the bulk of the album is built around guitar, bass, […]

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Sorry, Wrong Number and Maternal Insincts

Sorry, Wrong Number and Maternal Instincts, Hidden Stages, at Blackwell Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. The site for Hidden Stages’ latest venture–a community hall in the historic Bronzeville district–may lack professional resources: closely spaced supporting pillars obstruct one’s view, and the lights are operated by wall-mounted switches. But any drawbacks to the space are more than […]

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Major Stars

MAJOR STARS For more than a decade, guitarists Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar have had their controls set for the heart of the sun. In Vermonster and Crystalized Movements they used garage-rock tunes as launching pads for howling, over-amped freak-outs; in B.O.R.B. they wove detuned guitar and droning keyboards into spacey instrumentals; and Magic Hour, […]

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I Like Ed Vrdolyak

donahue.qxd Ben Joravsky’s October 30 article on LeRoy Martin’s race for Cook County sheriff gave the impression that I wish to distance myself from Ed Vrdolyak, as Joe Novak and Mike Sheahan have done to avoid their association with Harold Washington’s political opposition. Council Wars was before my time as a political consultant in Illinois, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In September Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi announced that he had given up hope for unifying the Arab world and that he would begin to align his country with Africa. “Africa is a paradise,” he said. “I would like Libya to become a black country. Hence, I recommend to Libyan men to marry only black […]

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On the Open Road

ON THE OPEN ROAD, Wax Fruit Theatre Company, at Chicago Dramatists. Six years ago Steve Tesich clearly thought he’d written a profound play with On the Open Road, given its world premiere at the Goodman. Borrowing heavily from Beckett and Ionesco, he fashioned a theatrical universe in which Christ’s return engenders vicious religious wars, leading […]