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Grooverider

GROOVERIDER As a DJ, Grooverider helped spark the fire that would eventually engulf the London club scene–legend has it he invented drum ‘n’ bass with partner Fabio at the popular club Heaven, and many of the genre’s biggest names started out under his influence or tutelage. He came fairly late to producing his own music, […]

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Words on Fire

WORDS ON FIRE, Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Arts Exchange. Director-adapter Eric Rosen’s fluid, multitextured dramatic anthology of Chicago poets offers a strong but never sappy tribute to the likes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Louis Sullivan–whose autobiography sings as if it were verse. Fueled by Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman’s score, the nine ensemble members evoke a […]

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Aunt Nancy and Her Stories

Aunt Nancy and Her Stories, Corn Productions, at the Cornservatory. Storytelling is often a child’s entree into the magic of theater. Michelle Renee Thompson’s clever matinee piece wraps a modern framework around the Ananse myths of West Africa and other folktales, stories that convey moral truths through the follies of talking animals. Ten-year-old Meenah (Angie […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA While still in his 20s, avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki shook up the concert world with eerily beautiful and aggressively dissonant compositions that, in retrospect, seem to connect the anxiety of the era between the world wars to the defiant rage of the 60s. His Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1960), […]

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Automated Faith Machine

Automated Faith Machine, Galileo Players, at Live Bait Theater. It’s an age-old dilemma: reason or faith? And when science fails to provide a logical means of unpacking the mysteries of the universe, it’s often up to faith to fill the gap. In the Galileo Players’ universe, science has always been the way to go–until now. […]

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The Real Zum Deutschen Eck

Dear Ms. Levine: Re: the article printed in the February 4, 2000, edition of the Chicago Reader entitled “Zum Deutschen Ick,” by Jeffrey Felshman: 1. Starting at the beginning of the article–referring to the restaurant as Zum Deutschen Ick is sickening. 2. His stating that he worked at Zum Deutschen Eck off and on from […]

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City File

Do male supremacists support gun control? The Chicago Crime Commission’s “Action Alert” (Fall/Winter) quotes Kirsten Lindberg, author of Girls Behind the Boys, Girls in Gangs, on why girls have taken on a stronger role in street gangs: “With easy access to guns, girls do not have to rely on their generally weaker physical strength to […]