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Susie Ibarra Trio

SUSIE IBARRA TRIO Last year drummer Susie Ibarra left the David S. Ware Quartet, the group with which she first stormed onto the free-jazz scene. In the quartet and in various settings with her husband, tenor saxophonist Assif Tsahar, she’s done her mentor Milford Graves proud, more than holding her own in the soul-searing sax […]

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Zen Guerrilla, Nebula

Zen Guerrilla, Nebula Both live and on the recent Trance States in Tongues (Sub Pop), San Francisco’s Zen Guerrilla drags hirsute psych-blues into the post-everything present, flinging Stooges choogle, Hendrix flash, and Bluesbreakers stomp off the intensity meter with a hardcore-derived strength. Hulking, pacing front man Marcus Durant, who could use Jon Spencer for a […]

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Onegin

Onegin Few things are more enthralling than unrequited love, as demonstrated by this drama based on Aleksandr Pushkin’s verse novel Eugene Onegin. Shifting deftly between the points of view of two lovers with terrifically bad timing (Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler), director Martha Fiennes creates sympathy for both–victims of circumstance who also willfully compound their […]

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La Ronde

LA RONDE, Trap Door Theatre. One hundred years ago Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler circulated a copy of his new play, La Ronde, to 200 of his friends. Stamped across the cover were the words “Not for sale”; the author considered his ten interconnected vignettes about melancholic sexual couplings unfit for public consumption. When the play […]

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Asian American Showcase

Asian American Showcase The fifth annual Asian American Showcase, presented by the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute, runs Saturday, April 1, through Saturday, April 8. Screenings will be at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Tickets are $7, $3 for […]

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The Paper Spaceship

THE PAPER SPACESHIP, Sulacco Productions, at the Playground. Children will like this warmhearted 40-minute musical, delightfully staged by Heather Elam. In the spirit of The Iron Giant and E.T., it depicts an unlikely partnership with alien creatures that helps a picked-on kid feel good about herself. Ippo and Sumat are two-dimensional visitors from the Flat […]

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D’Angelo, Mos Def

D’ANGELO, MOS DEF With his long-awaited second album, Voodoo (Virgin), D’Angelo has tossed a huge challenge to modern R & B’s hollow come-ons, stale programmed beats, flashy electronic effects, and vocal grandstanding. By working with largely synthetic music most of his contemporaries plant their cliched histrionics in AstroTurf, but D’Angelo’s singing is inextricably rooted in […]

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Nightclub Jitters

Lifter Puller Fiestas + Fiascos (Frenchkiss/Self-Starter Foundation) By Michaelangelo Matos Until recently you could count the number of indie-rock tunes about club culture on one hand. But Lifter Puller, an indie-rock band from Minneapolis whose rough-and-ready guitar riffs, hardy snarl, and blocky rhythms make them close kin to Archers of Loaf, have written a dozen […]

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Caught in the Net

Captured at www.dogdoo.com Revenge is sweet. Especially when harmless and yet SO SATISFYING… DogDoo.com will pack and send an anonymous heaping pile of the best poop money can buy–anywhere in the world! PooPoo Packages Your practical joke can manifest itself in three convenient sizes: Econo-Poop Teddy is 20 pounds of pure dog food processing power! […]

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Durang/Durang

Durang/Durang, Thirsty Theater, at Pilsen Theatre. Christopher Durang doesn’t write plays anymore–instead he churns out inconsequential, self-congratulatory parodies designed to show off his vast knowledge of theater. With an obsessiveness bordering on monomania he exploits a style of humor he obviously feels comfortable with. But what’s troubling is how little his works actually have to […]

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City File

Patronage in the 90s. “During the six months he worked for CAPS [Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy] in 1997, [Roderick] Smith said, he was forced to do public relations when he preferred helping residents solve problems,” writes Alysia Tate in the Chicago Reporter (February). “He said he tried to spend his time with block clubs and […]