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Miri Ben-Ari

MIRI BEN-ARI Maybe it comes from growing up in the middle of a simmering civil war, but Israelis, at least the ones I know, seem to have a preternatural awareness of their surroundings. So when violinist Miri Ben-Ari walks onstage at the Green Mill, I’m guessing she’ll take one look at the prewar decor, glance […]

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Chicago Jazz Festival 2000

The 22nd annual Chicago Jazz Festival strikes a pretty good balance between what the people want (Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd, Big Band Monk) and what they need (Andrew Hill, Roscoe Mitchell, the Italian Instabile Orchestra). But it’s nearly impossible for any jazz artist to please everyone these days, and though the current democratic format of […]

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Missing Memaw

MISSING MEMAW, A Walk About Theater Company, at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, Baird Hall. The three nonnarrative pieces making up this evening ache with gentle dissonance, paying rueful tribute to the power of loneliness to inspire art. Performed by Kentucky writer-performer Loren Crawford with elegiac grace, Missing Memaw reveals a solitary woman trying […]

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Jazz Around the Clock

By Neil Tesser Think of the Chicago Jazz Festival as the musical equivalent of the trademark Loop skyline–it’s impressive all by itself, but it also serves as a symbol of the smaller, lower-profile “neighborhoods” that build Chicago’s character day in and day out. Over the years, local clubs and institutions–the neighborhoods of the jazz scene–have […]

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Man of La Mancha

MAN OF LA MANCHA, Light Opera Works, at Northwestern University, Cahn Auditorium. With Nicholas Saverine in the title role, the famed knight-errant is a man of great dignity and passion. Here Don Quixote’s madness calls for envy rather than pity; his foibles are a source of fun rather than frustration. And Jeff Dumas as his […]

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China National Orchestra

CHINA NATIONAL ORCHESTRA The China National Orchestra, one of only a few traditional-music groups that the country’s cultural ministry permits to travel abroad, last visited Chicago in 1984. The orchestra was a novelty then, but in the years since, concerts by touring expatriates and the efforts of the locally based Chinese Music Society of North […]

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Reynols

REYNOLS The Argentinean trio Reynols, which has released more than 30 recordings on almost as many labels worldwide since 1993, is not your ordinary electronic noise band. Led–not just fronted–by Miguel Tomasin, who has Down’s syndrome, the trio is capable of both tense ambience and the most exquisite electrocutionary roar; it has performed “psychic energy […]

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TRG Music listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts A PERFECT CIRCLE, SUNNA See Spot Check; sold out. Sunday, 7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212. AC/DC Thursday, August 31, 7:30 PM, New World Music Theatre, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, PAT McGEE BAND Saturday, 6:30 PM, New World Music Theatre, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Devotees of the widely discredited psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) convened in upstate Maine in July to exchange papers on his most famous work, his “discovery” of the cosmic life force produced by sexual orgasms. The highlights of the conference were the presentations of more than a dozen variations of Reich’s “orgone accumulator,” blankets […]