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Celtic Fest

CELTIC FEST CHICAGO presents music at several locations in Grant Park: the Seisuin Tent (Jackson and Columbus), the Harp Tent (Columbus and Van Buren), the Ceili Dance Tent (Columbus and Monroe), the Uillean Pipe Tionol (Columbus and Jackson), the Performing Arts Stage (Columbus between Monroe and Jackson), the Celtic Crossroads Stage (Jackson and Lake Shore […]

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Hellbound Home Owners

Helen Shiller must be doing something important and right to elicit the venom and bitter ooze of some sore-loser property owners and their lackeys, via their faucet at the more mediocre of Chicago’s two dailies [Hot Type, August 20; Letters, September 3]. These sick souls want to jump-start the traditional displacement of the poor of […]

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Rent

Yes, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer-winning musical Disneyfies the mid-80s downtown arts scene, dressing everyone alike–struggling artists, drug addicts, even the homeless–in chic boho clothing. And yes, the play heterosexualizes the AIDS epidemic, making us care more about the straight HIV-positive couple at the center of the story than the sexless but sweet gay couple. Yes, Larson’s […]

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Grady Champion

GRADY CHAMPION Blues harpist Grady Champion was born in Mississippi, the youngest of his father’s 28 children. He cites Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II) as his primary influence, though at 29 he isn’t even old enough to have seen his hero buried–in fact, his harp’s widemouthed sound owes more to James Cotton, who learned […]

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A Sunbather Speaks

I was sunbathing on the beach pier in Rogers Park when the confrontation between Craig Greenman and the beach mates developed (July 24). I had already that day gone for a couple of free-form style swims (about 50 yards each). I didn’t understand what the big deal was about. I got off my blanket and […]

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Resfest Digital Film Festival

Resfest Digital Film Festival This touring program of international digital films runs Friday through Sunday, September 17 through 19, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Tickets are $8, $6 for MCA members; a $35 pass admits you to all screenings. For more information call 312-397-4010. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Short films, program one […]

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Call Him Holden

Re: “Home Invasion” [July 30] Dear ed., Is Jack Clark his real name? (Jim Jones isn’t mine.) I’m very glib and have been saying those things for years. But he made it poetry. The Catcher in the Rye of gentrification. You guys are very good, but he’s even too good for you. Encourage him to […]

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World Intro

Chicago has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world, but while celebrations of ethnicity go on here all the time, they tend to be isolated: Indians, Iranians, and Italians alike end up celebrating themselves by themselves. The city’s first World Music Festival brings many of the traditions represented in these enclaves together–not […]

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Rhinoceros Theater Festival

Rhinoceros Theater Festival This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe began as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest; now it’s hosted by the Curious Theatre Branch. Taking its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big), the Rhino Fest celebrates its tenth anniversary […]

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Real Classy Affair

REAL CLASSY AFFAIR, Shattered Globe Theatre, at Victory Gardens Theater. Imagine American theater without the British–we could actually see plays about ourselves. But for whatever reason–a more vibrant scene in London, more generous arts subsidies there, or just plain Anglophilia here–we seem destined to see one mediocre English play after another, all exploring in excruciating […]

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Thax Facts

Dear Chicago Reader, There was some very interesting information in Neal Pollack’s article “Everyone Knows Thax” [August 13]. There were a few points I wanted to bring up. First of all, I am not sure how to interpret the ambiguity on the working relationship between Eric St. Clair and Thax. On one hand, Mr. St. […]

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58 Group

When choreographer Ginger Farley decided to make a dance about her car breaking down, she asked for a funky rock ‘n’ roll score from musical director Cameron Pfiffner. A jazz musician, he wasn’t too enthused–until he started getting into the sounds of power tools at his day job at a scenery shop. Now, for the […]