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Matapat

MATAPAT French Canada doesn’t get mentioned once in the Rough Guide to world music, which is hard to understand–the region’s music has plainly audible connections to much-loved Cajun and Celtic forms, so it’d seem like a popular phenomenon waiting to happen. The three members of Matapat (previously known as Bourque, Bernard & Lepage) have further […]

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Preserving Disorder

Gerda Meyer Bernstein at Fassbender, through February 5 Jeffrey Wolin: Telling Stories at Catherine Edelman, through February 12 The Exquisite Corpse at Printworks, through February 12 Marco Nereo Rotelli: Art and Poetry and Art at Bianca Pilat Contemporary Art, through January 29 By Fred Camper “To live,” as Anton von Webern quoted German poet Friedrich […]

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A Couple of Balls

A Couple of Balls, Great Beast Theater, at the Cornservatory. Those who found American Beauty to be a rather facile comedy pandering to the same hypocritical middle-class sensibility it purported to satirize may find some confirmation of their views in this unimpressive pair of one-acts penned by the screenwriter, Alan Ball. Beyond that there’s little […]

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Little Women

Little Women, Bog Theatre, at Prairie Lakes Community Center. The story of the four March sisters coming of age in Civil War-era New England has been told well and often on stage and screen. In fact, before seeing this production, it was unclear to me why playwright David Fielding Smith thought another adaptation was necessary. […]

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Clash of the Titans

Orson’s Shadow Steppenwolf Theatre Company By Albert Williams Orson Welles is a self-made man and how he loves his Maker….He is a producer of plays in kingly fashion, independent as a signpost in all he does….One perquisite of greatness he lacks: artistic integrity. Perhaps he has burgeoned too early and too wildly….But it will come […]

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TRG Music listings

Music listings are compiled by LAURA KOPEN and RENALDO MIGALDI (classical, fairs and festivals) from information available Tuesday. We advise calling ahead for confirmation. Please send listings information, in-cluding a phone number for use by the public, to Reader Music Listings, 11 E. Illinois, Chicago 60611, or send a fax to 312-828-9926, or send E-mail […]

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Daughters of Memory

Daughters of Memory If an artist’s goals are to entertain, provoke, titillate, and repel us, then Chris Seibert and Ivana Bevacqua have hit the mark in Split, a monologue written by both that Seibert performs and Bevacqua directed. An ingeniously staged investigation of “the muse”–the subject of all the pieces in this movement-theater series, “Daughters […]

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Harold Ousley

HAROLD OUSLEY Tenor saxophonist Harold Ousley has fallen through the cracks. Born in Chicago in 1929 and strongly influenced by Gene Ammons in the 40s and 50s, Ousley emerged in the 60s with a soul-jazz style and a nicely honed semblance of Ammons’s fat sound. At the time a single lissome hook could constitute an […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories At the 12th Pat Pet Friend Festival in November in Bangkok, designers unveiled new fashions for dogs, including a red-and-black military coat, a yellow-and-black bike-racing jacket with bike-style helmet, a silver cape, and a blue silk gown. According to designer Vasinee Apornpanit, the biggest market by far for the outfits is Japan, where […]

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Pacifica Quartet

PACIFICA QUARTET The Pacifica Quartet was founded in Los Angeles in 1994, and only four years later, still an upstart for a string quartet, it nabbed the Naumburg prize in chamber music. Now in residence at both the University of Chicago and the Music Institute of Chicago, the Pacifica has joined the growing pool of […]