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Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project

TATSU AOKI’S MIYUMI PROJECT Bassist Tatsu Aoki has recorded more than half a dozen albums of solo improvisation, leads or coleads three groups, and as a sideman anchors bands for artists ranging from Fred Anderson to Von Freeman to Elijah Levi to Francis Wong–so you’d think the last thing he’d need was another creative outlet. […]

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RIP LSC

Dear editor, The passing of school councils was long overdue [“The Power Nobody Wants,” February 25]. Their contributions have always been overrated, and rarely have they won the respect of the professional staffs of their schools. Many were under the control of the principals and often betrayed the best interest of the children. The strong […]

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Circle

Circle The worst comics reinforce the status quo, giving us a thousand reasons–sometimes funny–not to wake from our dogmatic slumbers. But English performer Eddie Izzard is a comic bomb thrower. From the moment this statuesque blue-eyed blond steps onstage, looking fabulous in heels and a tasteful outfit (the time I saw him he was wearing […]

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Ballet Hispanico

Ballet Hispanico Don’t be thrown by the name–ballet has little to do with this New York-based troupe. Nor is it ethnic in the same sense as the venerable Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. One of the works on this Ballet Hispanico program, Ann Reinking’s Ritmo y Ruido (“Rhythm and Ruckus”), is pure Broadway jazz in the […]

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A Shroud of Clever Phrases

Dear Theater Review Editor, I would like to offer the following reply to Nick Green’s aggravating review of 42 Riverside Drive [March 3]: HEY, NICK GREEN, YOU’RE SITTING ON YOUR HEAD! For a critique that tries to couch its author’s most inconsequential commentary and analysis in a shroud of clever phrases, theater critic Nick Green’s […]

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City File

Why can’t I get WGEM on cable? The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform and the League of Women Voters of Illinois have asked commercial TV stations to air five-minute nightly candidate forums during the 30 days leading up to the March 21 Illinois primary and the November 7 general election. So far just one station […]

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Be There or Be Square

Be There or Be Square This 1998 Chinese feature by Feng Xiaogang plays like an updated screwball comedy, with unlikely romantic leads Ge You (Farewell My Concubine, To Live) and Xu Fan striking sparks as two Beijing emigrants trying to survive in Los Angeles. Through their misadventures they come to realize that America is more […]

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Death Revival

Dear Dr. Christakis, I enjoyed the bit in the Reader about prognosis [February 25]. I first started reading that paper when I was at medical school at the U. of C. and its most popular teacher was Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. It seems fitting that the university that ran her out on a rail should now support […]

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The Straight Dope

What’s the straight dope on those Japanese soldiers who surrendered long after World War II was over? Did it really happen or was it yet another urban legend? –Jack Biggs Oh, sure, it happened–quite a few times, in fact. The last holdout of whom I have definite knowledge surrendered in the Philippines in 1980. One […]

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Bullets Over Summer

Bullets Over Summer Hong Kong’s mainstream cinema has generated a flood of unimaginative police thrillers in the last few years, but this oddly engaging 1999 specimen deftly mixes comedy and suspense, cynicism and pathos. Undercover cops Mike (Francis Ng) and Brian (Louis Koo) take up residence in the apartment of a half-crazy old woman in […]

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Lucky 8

Lucky 8, Dove Productions, at Breadline Theatre. Adam Joyce’s “cartoon in one act” starts with the Wayne’s World-ly premise of two best friends (played by Joyce and Gary Price) running a wee-hours radio show from the basement of a Lucky 8 motel somewhere in corn country. Although they’re pretty sure no one’s listening–even a pizza […]

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Calendar

Friday 3/10 – Thursday 3/16 MARCH By Cara Jepsen 10 FRIDAY The Dead Sea Scrolls last came to Chicago in 1949, in the form of a few scraps at the Oriental Institute. This time around we’ve been allotted portions of more than a dozen different scrolls–five of them have never traveled outside of Israel and […]

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Calendar Sidebar

As a child Reader photographer Robert Drea spent a lot of time at his grandparents’ farm in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. As an adult he started to document life in and around the small (pop. 280) southwestern town. He continued taking photos there on and off for the next 20 years. Thirty-four of his black-and-white photographs–showing wedding […]