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Loot

Loot, Dramatist Revolutionary Army, at Wing & Groove Theatre. The song that accompanies the curtain call in this able production–the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”–brilliantly summarizes Joe Orton’s entire body of work. This quintessentially British playwright was obsessed with sullying the inviolable: marriage, love, sex, death–nothing escaped his stringent judgment and biting wit. Loot is […]

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Ex-Centric Sound System

EX-CENTRIC SOUND SYSTEM In the mid-80s, when Israeli bassist Yossi Fine was living in New York, he got around, gigging with a diverse list of musicians that includes Gil Evans, John Scofield, Kenny Kirkland, Lou Reed, Ruben Blades, Stanley Jordan, Me’shell Ndegeocello, and David Bowie. Now 35, Fine plays with the authority and muscle of […]

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Shivaree

SHIVAREE “Bossa Nova,” the second song on Shivaree’s debut, I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head for Making Me Live in This Dump (Capitol/Odeon), is a real attention getter: “Well I think I hate you / Isn’t this fun,” sings Ambrosia Parsley–apparently her real name–with a laconic, sexy drawl that recalls early Rickie […]

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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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Sue Garner & Rick Brown

SUE GARNER & RICK BROWN In their sorely underrated bands Fish & Roses and Run On, this married duo’s idiosyncratic songs have always included significant input from others, most notably keyboardist Dave Sutter in the former and guitarist Alan Licht in the latter. But although guests like reedist Doug Weiselman and bassist Douglas McCombs add […]

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The Smallest Things

The Smallest Things, at Live Bait Theater. Marc Greenstein’s play begins with inane Seinfeld-esque debates over the definition of a morsel and the benefits of caffeinated water. And when a glaringly self-referential scene reprises an earlier conversation, one of the play’s three brothers asks, “Do we really talk like this? Does anybody talk like this?” […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories A January New York magazine story on Manhattan’s Animal Medical Center described state-of-the-art veterinary care such as kidney dialysis (at $55,000 a year), cataract removals, hip replacements, anterior cruciate ligament repairs, root canals, and brain surgery. The vets perform CPR on small animals by placing the animal’s head inside a doctor’s mouth. And […]

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Ourselves Alone

OURSELVES ALONE, Ulysses Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Threatening the fragile peace accord, the IRA has refused to surrender its weapons. But the gunmen aren’t the only story in Northern Ireland. Anne Devlin’s Ourselves Alone, first produced here in 1988 in a memorable Bailiwick Repertory staging, remains a deeply committed if highly prolix portrait […]

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Takehisa Kosugi

TAKEHISA KOSUGI Japanese composer and violinist Takehisa Kosugi was an early collaborator of Fluxus founder Nam June Paik, but his rare performance in Chicago this weekend is made possible by his involvement with Merce Cunningham. He’s worked with the avant-garde choreographer since 1977 and in 1995 came on with Cunningham’s dance company as musical director; […]