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Csardas! The Tango of the East

Csardas! The Tango of the East The pilfering of “ethnic” forms by “high” artists is not a recent phenomenon. Many dance aficionados know the csardas from its genteel, watered-down manifestations in such ballets as Coppelia and Swan Lake. But this folk dance–whose music was also appropriated in the mid-19th century by composers like Brahms and […]

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European Union Film Festival

European Union Film Festival The third annual European Union Film Festival concludes Friday through Sunday, February 18 through 20, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $7, $3 for Film Center members. For further information call 312-443-3737. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 The Mating Game A 1999 Greek comedy about three sisters […]

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Pripyat

Pripyat After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, Soviet authorities cordoned off a contaminated area 30 kilometers wide, a region now called “the Zone.” Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter interviewed a cross section of the several thousand people who’ve returned to the evacuated town of Pripyat, and their surprisingly candid, sometimes morbid observations reveal the psychological […]

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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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Pairs Event

Duets for My Valentine at the Athenaeum Theatre, February 11-12 By Terry Brennan Bob Barrett has created an amazing thing. A massage therapist who began to specialize in dancers after working on Rudolf Nureyev during his farewell tour, Barrett began putting on “Duets for My Valentine” in 1998; investing his own money, he would have […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Warning to dorks: Two British researchers told New Scientist magazine in December that they have developed prototype crime-prevention surveillance software that can use image pixels to electronically identify people moving around in suspicious ways. For example, said one of the developers, someone awkwardly approaching a car is probably up to no good. However, […]

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The Civil War

The Civil War Songwriter Frank Wildhorn says he wrote his latest work, The Civil War, for his 14-year-old son. “He was studying the war in school, and I never thought the textbooks he was reading were inspiring the kind of passion they should,” he says–a passion very much in evidence lately. Ironically, this traveling version […]

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Brad Shepik

BRAD SHEPIK Genre blending is pretty much the essence of jazz–it was born as an unruly mishmash of blues and European concert music; later Dizzy Gillespie introduced Latin grooves, and musicians like Randy Weston and Max Roach injected strong doses of African rhythm. More recently there have been efforts to braid jazz’s improvisational spirit into […]