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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; […]

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Petty Crime

February 13, 3 PM, 5300 block of South Maryland. Criminal damage to property. Woman called ex-boyfriend and told him to “go out and see your Valentine’s Day presents.” Man discovered two slashed tires on Cadillac and two on pickup truck. When filling out police report, man listed occupation as “tire buyer.” February 13, 7:30 PM, […]

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Jerry-Rigged?

Illinois taxpayers may have built Comiskey Park, but Jerry Reinsdorf thinks he owns it. Never mind that his team has played there rent-free for most of the stadium’s decade-long history. Now he’s offering to rename the park for any corporation willing to pony up the $40 to $50 million needed to renovate that despised upper […]

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Tiny Island

Tiny Island, Next Theatre Company. Given the scarcity of strong roles for mature actresses, it’s a shame that so many playwrights settle for chick-flick cliches sweet enough to make our teeth ache. Tiny Island continues the formula. The action takes place in the projection room of a run-down movie theater where 30 years earlier the […]

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Police Deaf Near Far

Police Deaf Near Far, Stage Left Theatre. Without Robert Schleifer’s volcanic performance as angry, charismatic young deaf activist Stinger, David Rush’s new play could easily have devolved into an issues-driven melodrama. Instead, under Drew Martin’s deft direction, it offers a tense, engrossing 90 minutes of theater. Stinger is based on Eric Smith, a hearing-impaired man […]

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The People, Yes

The People, Yes What better time than an election year to remind us what “American” values truly are? And how better than in Carl Sandburg’s panoramic 1936 poem (“The People move in a fine, thin smoke / The People, yes”) celebrating what Alexander Hamilton called a “great beast,” splendidly cruel, compassionate, and contradictory? After a […]