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Jay Clayton

JAY CLAYTON Jay Clayton sings smart, not pretty: she abjures the vibrato that most jazz and pop vocalists use as a matter of course, and in the studio she avoids reverb, sweetening, and all the other technological crutches that could provide her voice with artificial warmth or a gauzy cover-up. But it’s not those decisions […]

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Marilyn

The woman known simply as Marilyn may have soaked up her liberal views about sex in Brazil, her mother’s homeland and the country where she was born. Or maybe they’re a reaction to her strict upbringing. These days the onetime Catholic schoolgirl and army brat is the co-owner and director of a gallery devoted to […]

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City File

“My students…come to the United States for an art education they cannot get in their own countries,” writes Carol Becker, dean of faculty at the School of the Art Institute, in the Utne Reader (July-August, reprinted from Art Journal, Summer 1999). “They ultimately do very well in this global art world, living on the boundaries […]

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Life During Wartime

By Susan DeGrane On a recent Sunday, Cliff Hullinger tells the 50 people jammed into a room at the Ridge Historical Society about being prepped for surgery to remove an inflamed appendix in a field hospital on the west coast of Italy during World War II. Every time a shell would explode nearby, the army […]

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The Straight Dope

I recently visited the beautiful state of New Mexico and was introduced to the legend of the wily jackalope. What is the origin of this legend, and should I stage an expedition to be the first to brave the jackalope’s habitat and bring one back alive? –Fred Ellington, Atlanta Ah, the fabulous jackalope, with the […]

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Zine-O-File

Excerpted from: Primer: Style Detournement Detournement, or “turning around,” was a primary tactic employed by the Situationists to subvert the meanings of images and events in spectacular society in order to reclaim them. This stratagem continues to be employed via political expression such as subadvertisements. The following is a primer of Style Détournement. Its purpose […]

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Deciphering Moonshadows

DECIPHERING MOONSHADOWS, Redmoon Theater, at the Chicago Historical Society, Uihlein Plaza. Pleasantly puzzling and often enchanting, Redmoon Theater’s latest open-air creation–directed, designed, and written by Jim Lasko and Shoshanna Utchenik–involves a Chicago couple whose paths cross though they never meet until they’re meant to: for most of the piece Hector, a writer, and Madeline, an […]

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Calendar

FRIDAY 8/11 – THURSDAY 8/17 AUGUST by MIKE SULA 11 FRIDAY As director, producer, and Felix, you’re quite excited about the off-Loop, sold-out, opening night performance of the canine version of The Odd Couple. But ten minutes before curtain, when city building inspectors show up at your storefront theater complaining of orthodontist bills, do you […]

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Mortu Nega

One of the best contemporary war films I know is this singular 1988 feature, the first by Guinea-Bissau filmmaker Flora Gomes (Po di sangui). The first half, as elemental and as unadorned as Samuel Fuller’s The Steel Helmet, concentrates on women fighting alongside guerrillas at the end of Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence in 1973, attacked […]

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Grant Park Orchestra

GRANT PARK ORCHESTRA Chicago-based soprano Jonita Lattimore graduated from the Lyric Opera’s two-year apprenticeship program, the Center for American Artists, last year, but before she’d even enrolled she’d demonstrated remarkable flexibility and poise. In the early 90s she played a secondary role in Chicago Opera Theater’s astute production of Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three […]