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Object Lessons

Michele Blondel: Precious Fins at Vedanta V-2, through June 10 Christopher Furman: I Work and… at Wood Street, through June 10 By Fred Camper Many of the greatest paintings are said to create a world. But installations often almost engulf the viewer, who can feel not only lost in the work but somehow incriminated as […]

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Chicago Comedy Festival

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 8 Fresh Mugs “A” stand-up showcase at Subterranean hosted by Greg Proops. 8 Fresh Mugs “B” stand-up showcase at Monologue hosted by Judy Gold. 8 Noble Fool Theater Company’s “The Baritones” at Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. 8:30 “Second City 4.0” at Second City Mainstage, 1616 N. Wells. 8:30 “History Repaints […]

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A Force Unto Himself

Films by Hou Hsiao-hsien By Jonathan Rosenbaum We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” –Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Mother Night How significant is it that neither of the two greatest working narrative filmmakers is fluent in English? Not very. But it might be logical. After […]

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City File

It’s not where you go to church–it’s where you come from. “The White priest of an Hispanic parish in the city generalized that ethnic-minority cultures typically have more respect for life than the majority of Americans,” writes Paul Numrich of the University of Illinois at Chicago in Second Opinion (January). “‘The Spanish community would never […]

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Nature of Freaks

Hunchback Redmoon Theater at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Side Show Northlight Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie By Adam Langer You hand in your ticket and you go watch the geek Who immediately walks up to you when he hears you speak And says, “How does it feel to be such […]

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The Straight Dope

Having recently debunked the Super Bowl Sunday violence story, perhaps you could check into this secondhand smoke business. I seem to remember that after the initial study came out blaming secondhand cigarette smoke for every kind of ill, this study was found to be seriously flawed. Is this another case like the “LSD causes chromosome […]

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Beau travail

A gorgeous mirage of a movie, Claire Denis’ reverie about the French foreign legion in eastern Africa (1999, 90 min.), suggested by Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Foretopman, benefits especially from having been choreographed (by Bernardo Montet, who also plays one of the legionnaires). Combined with Denis’ superb eye for settings, Agnes Godard’s cinematography, and the […]

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FRIDAY 6/2 – THURSDAY 6/8 JUNE By Cara Jepsen 2 FRIDAY Barbra Streisand’s 1983 film Yentl struck a chord with Bonnie J. Morris when she was growing up, but it wasn’t until she saw The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love (1995) that she found a film she could really relate to. In […]

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Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python

The Monty Python folks were writers who also performed, not comic actors trained a la Second City to come up with their own material, when they got their own BBC show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, in 1969. Eric Idle, for instance, had contributed sketches to The Two Ronnies, a mid-60s variety show, and to David […]

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Chicago Gospel Festival

FRIDAY GOSPEL YOUTH TENT 4:00 Columbia College Choir, True Vine School Gospel Choir & others Petrillo Music Shell 6:00 NuWave & Marvin Sapp 7:05 Alvin Willis & the Praise Alive Chorale, Keith Butler & the Delegation for Christ Chorale 7:50 Bank One Gospel Choir 8:05 Clay, Cleve & the Pilgrim Jubilees 8:45 Deitrick Haddon SATURDAY […]