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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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Calendar

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 […]

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Thomas Brinkmann

THOMAS BRINKMANN A bright light on the fringes of Cologne’s dynamic techno scene, Thomas Brinkmann is best known for Studio 1–Variationen (Profan) and Concept 1 96: VR (M-nus), a pair of experiments in which he reconfigured minimalist techno tracks by Mike Ink and Richie Hawtin using a turntable outfitted with an extra tone arm. Each […]

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Let’s Be Honest

To: The Reader Although the Reader has traditionally favored a rather relaxed stance when deciding what degree of familiarity between author and subject is acceptable, your May 19 feature article “All the Wrong Answers” pushes that familiarity to the extent that its entire content must be called into question. As I have stated publicly, I […]

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TRG Music listings

Music listings are compiled by LAURA KOPEN and RENALDO MIGALDI (classical, fairs and festivals) from information available Tuesday. We advise calling ahead for confirmation. Please send listings information, in-cluding a phone number for use by the public, to Reader Music Listings, 11 E. Illinois, Chicago 60611, or send a fax to 312-828-9926, or send E-mail […]