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Eddie C. Campbell

EDDIE C. CAMPBELL In 1977 Eddie C. Campbell, already a veteran bluesman of two decades, took a break from his regular gig as a guitarist in Willie Dixon’s band to record his debut LP, King of the Jungle (currently available on Rooster Blues). That disc showcases his blend of rootsiness and eccentricity in its full, […]

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Posers

Landmarks/a Mass of Muscle and Bone Pyewacket at Belle Plaine Studio By Kelly Kleiman There’s a lot to be said on the subject of women’s relationships with their bodies. Yet that thought in itself ought to be ludicrous: how alienated do you have to be to develop a “relationship” with yourself? On the other hand, […]

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Involuntary Geniuses

The Tic Code ** Directed by Gary Winick Written by Polly Draper With Gregory Hines, Draper, Christopher George Marquette, Desmond Robertson, Carol Kane, Carlos McKinney, Dick Berk, John B. Williams, and Tony Shalhoub. By Jonathan Rosenbaum Writing about Finnegans Wake, James Joyce’s most musical book, the late William Troy had the perspicacity to point out […]

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Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe began as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest; now it’s produced by the Curious Theatre Branch. Taking its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big), the Rhino Fest, now in its 11th year, features shows […]

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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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Boot to the Head

Editor, I have a few comments for the author of your cover story for August 25, “Das Boot.” He sold his truck, left his plates on it, and then had to pay thousands of dollars in fines for parking tickets that the new owner received. Instead of whining about it he should thank God that […]

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Savage Love

Welcome to part three of Savage Love’s soon-to-be-award-winning series, “How Sleaze Is Lived in America.” (I would like to thank the Pulitzer Prize committee in advance for their consideration.) In this week’s installment, Kinked-Out Sleazy Meetings, we’ll hear from kinky people who met their kinky true loves doing, uh, kinky things. As any normal person […]

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Saucy Concoction

Editor–Now Even Dearer! My friends and relatives really enjoy the soups and appetizers I make for holiday dinners, and my sister-in-law, like Chef Earl’s [August 18], has persuaded me that I should sell the stuff. I’ll leave the hummus to Earl–he says he’s the king, and I don’t mess with royalty–but we can go head-to-head […]

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Alice and Martin

As demonstrated by My Favorite Season, Wild Reeds, and above all Thieves, Andre Techine has become the most accomplished novelistic filmmaker in contemporary French cinema. This feature may not be on the same level as those films, but it has much the same tragic and melodramatic view of family, desire, and destiny. The talented (and […]

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Police Scanner

Sunday, August 20, 2:20 PM Dispatcher: I have two on Magnolia. One is at 46– on Magnolia, guy is drinkin’ on the sidewalk–how unusual that is up there–and at 46– we got a couple of companions drinking out on the public way. Let me know if you need anything further on those, if you could, […]

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Contortions and Judgement

CONTORTIONS and JUDGEMENT, Atlas Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. In fashion-hungry America it would be easy to dismiss playwright Bill Lederer as outdated–when in fact he’s advancing the tradition of 20th-century European absurdism. Mixing the metatheatricality of Pirandello, the domestic banality of Ionesco, the hysterical menace of Artaud, and the antibourgeois delusions of Witkiewicz […]

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Face Facts

Dear editor, Re Fred Lowe’s story “The Clutch of Fear–Sending racist signals with a purse” (Reader: 8/18/00), it sure as hell, in this instance, renders the term “racist” inappropriate when, as stated right in the article, black women readily acknowledge their wariness when in the presence of black men on the street. And so do […]

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Black Heart Procession, Orso

BLACK HEART PROCESSION, ORSO Two songs into Three (Touch and Go), the third album by the Black Heart Procession, I was already profoundly bummed out: the group’s emotional range extends approximately from the dark torpor of Leonard Cohen to the gothic garishness of Nick Cave. Multi-instrumentalists Tobias Nathaniel and Pall Jenkins–who, ironically, live in sunny […]