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Friday 5/12 – Thursday 5/18 MAY By Cara Jepsen 12 FRIDAY Reverse the first t and the r in “psychiatrist” and it becomes “psychi-artist.” Such animals do exist, and today six shrink-artists–a visual artist, three poets, a furniture designer-woodworker, and a musician-filmmaker–will discuss their unique perspective on creativity and the inner workings of the mind […]

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Boss Hog, Delta 72

BOSS HOG, DELTA 72 Of all the white-boy blues bands that broke out in the 1990s–the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jack O’ Fire, the Make Up–the guys carrying the torch highest these days are the Delta 72, who spike the music not just with punk but with a strong shot of funk. Since forming in […]

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A Night Near the Sun

A Night Near the Sun, Real Rain Productions, at TinFish Theatre. In great legends the hero slays the villain and claims the princess. But it doesn’t work that way in real life. Murderers, even those with the best intentions, are no longer honored and rewarded. Don Zolidis’s A Night Near the Sun, being given its […]

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Found in Translation

Some writers are born translators. Eric Bentley, a prime example, has spent much of his life producing graceful, faithful, well-crafted English versions of Bertolt Brecht’s work. His own plays–even the powerful, moving polemic against McCarthyism, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been–pale by comparison. Other writers are much more comfortable speaking in their own […]

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Zine-O-File

Excerpted from Smoking: The Fine Art of Self-Destruction By Busta Meecockout Smokers are the heel of society’s Birkenstock hippie PC motherfuckers. Forced out, like a club of defrocked clergy, excommunicated and still sinning, we stand outside, often when it is brisk with a chill, to smoke–even at bars in some places. Most places today don’t […]

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Cedecece

One of the more frustrating aspects of the Chicago theater scene is a general lack of interest in work created anywhere but this country or the British Isles. (In fact, next month the Goethe Institute is hosting a conference to examine, among other things, why contemporary German theater is almost never produced in Chicago.) Chicagoan […]

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Pan-American, Grandaddy

PAN-AMERICAN, GRANDADDY On his second album as Pan-American, 360 Business/360 Bypass (Kranky), Labradford guitarist Mark Nelson shakes off the superficial dub production of the debut in favor of a beautiful pulse-driven minimalism. Spare clicks, muffled bass-drum kicks, and fractured cymbal patter pump life into narcotic bass tones, heavily manipulated electric-piano riffs, and electronic bleeps. Nelson […]

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Listening To His Inner Clown

Help! Help! I Know This Title Is Long, but Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me! Drew Richardson at Live Bait Theater, through May 24 By Jenn Goddu Clowns scare or amuse kids at birthday parties and cheer up the infirm at hospitals, right? So it’s no surprise that Drew Richardson would call himself a “dramatic fool.” […]

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Factory Girls

Factory Girls, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, at the Chopin Theatre. Like Frank McGuinness’s best-known work–the earnest if somewhat trying hostage drama Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me–his play about Irish textile workers who take over their employers’ Donegal office is an appealing actors’ vehicle. But here McGuinness’s characters aren’t chained to a wall, which allows for more […]

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Imports Fill the Empty Bottle/Brotzmann’s Nipples/Where They Were Coming From/Using the Old Noodle

Imports Fill the Empty Bottle Next year the Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music should add the word international to the name: in its brief history it has presented the local–and sometimes national–debuts of some of the most important and interesting players in Europe and Asia. In the first three years the lineups […]

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Rod McGaha

ROD MCGAHA A product of the AACM who moved to Nashville in the early 90s, Chicago-born-and-bred trumpeter Rod McGaha has spent most of his career touring with gospel and R & B acts–he’s backed Take 6 and CeCe Winans, Lou Rawls and the O’Jays. His jazz recordings are few and far between; until recently his […]