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Jerry’s Girls

JERRY’S GIRLS, Circlestage, at the Royal George Theatre Center. According to a program note, many people tried to dissuade Don Hoffman, artistic director of Milwaukee’s Circlestage theater company, from bringing his production of Jerry’s Girls to the Royal George. He should have listened. This subamateur embarrassment is hardly ready for a church basement, let alone […]

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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, including 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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Idris Muhammad

IDRIS MUHAMMAD Guitarist John Scofield once described to me the difference between Idris Muhammad and the other jazz drummers he’s worked with: “Idris is dirtier,” he said–and he meant it as a compliment. Scofield’s playing gained extra depth and range from Muhammad’s loose, blowsy approach to both the beat and the sound of the drums, […]

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Playing Dumb

Scritti Politti Anomie & Bonhomie (Virgin) By Kevin John It’s not an illusion: everything really does happen faster in the Information Age. And though it’s nice in theory to be able to access untold resources with the click of a mouse, faster is not always better. The Renaissance man has been swamped by a sea […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories British TV guide: In December the BBC tried one more time to save the 1980s hit show One Man and His Dog; nothing but shepherds and their dogs herding sheep into pens in competition. Producers tried to jazz it up by equipping some sheep with microphones. And last fall saw the premiere of […]

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Aaron Moore

Pianist Aaron Moore moved to Chicago in 1951, and he’s since played as a sideman for everyone from B.B. King and Little Milton to local figures like Clarence “Sonny Boy Williamson Jr.” Anderson; he even claims that Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters both tried to recruit him. Though he relocated to Milwaukee a few years […]

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Technically Brilliant

In::FORMATION: Work by Sine::apsis Experiments at the School of the Art Institute Betty Rymer Gallery, through March 1 By Fred Camper Technology-based exhibits are often problematic. Concoctions of motors, microprocessors, and video monitors always seem to be breaking down; it sometimes takes several trips to actually observe a work in operation. Also, the “tech” aspect […]

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Prime-Time Madness

The Skinhead Hamlet and Stand Up Absurdity or Hell With a Side of Pudding Wing & Groove Theatre By Nick Green It’s no coincidence that both the one-acts in Wing & Groove’s new late-night production clock in at almost the same running time: 23 minutes, more or less the length of a half-hour sitcom without […]

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Petty Crime

January 19, 9 AM, 5500 block of North Sheridan. Confidence game. Seven-foot man told other man on street that he was basketball player for Phoenix Suns. He claimed that he’d been robbed and needed money to get back to Arizona. He promised to send victim $500 and pair of gym shoes once he returned to […]

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In Full Effect

In Full Effect, at Angel Island. With his well-scrubbed good looks and casual dress, Cleetus Friedman doesn’t exactly seem the B-boy type–he looks more like a weekend warrior. But when it comes to hip-hop fandom, Friedman is about as hard-core as they get. In both of his one-man performances he’s made it his personal mission […]