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Riffs

Riffs, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Playwright Bill Harris intended this work to be “closer in form to jazz than conventional theater,” a choice that’s echoed in the play’s structure: its three acts offer three distinct variations on a theme. In keeping with the tenets of jazz, flourishes and details evoke the play’s essential character. The […]

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The Straight Dope

I recently overheard an individual in the medical profession state that the current leading cause of liver failure is actually “the combined use of acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol) and alcohol rather than alcohol alone.” Most pain relievers provide a warning against using their product if you consume three drinks or more a day, but my impression […]

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The Seattle Guide to Chicago/A Toll on the Truth/The Sack of Monseur: History Revised/Judgment Calls

By Michael Miner The Seattle Guide to Chicago Two Sundays ago the Tribune’s Blair Kamin denounced the ugly new Nordstrom building. Why stop there? I wondered. He didn’t intend to. Four days later he took a step back and denounced the entire concrete warren that developer John Buck grandly calls North Bridge. The series of […]

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Calendar

Friday 9/29 – Thursday 10/5 SEPTEMBER By Cara Jepsen 29 FRIDAY In Steven J. Foley’s new short film Wake Up Gone, a struggling comedian does one last show at a hospital, where she meets an artist with cancer. “The resulting interaction between the two women leads them both to see things within themselves and each […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet

Cultural identity and cross-pollination can be subtle. Critic Edwin Denby, writing in 1953 about “foreign classicism,” noted that “dancers who grow up in a city naturally move in the way people around them have moved all their life. And that makes a difference in the overall or general look of a whole company, even if […]

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Violent mood swings are the dominant feature of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, which Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is giving its U.S. premiere in the company’s fall engagement downtown. The music ranges from a Dean Martin song to cha-cha and mambo tunes to a heavy-metal version of “Havah Nagilah.” The always inventive choreography is […]

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The Sharper Image

Fern Valfer curated the show of selected paintings by Chicago artist Lorraine Peltz for Riverside Arts Center’s Freeark Gallery. “As an artist myself, my choices are influenced by things I struggle with in my own work,” Valfer says. “When I look at imagery, I look for intensity.” Peltz’s work “stays with the viewer because of […]

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Rum & Coke

RUM & COKE, Pegasus Players. Comparing Carmen Pelaez to John Leguizamo might seem natural–and the press release for her debut performance certainly makes the connection. But though both writer-performers exploit and undermine Latin stereotypes in autobiographical pieces, at this early stage in Pelaez’s career the comparison can only work to her disadvantage. Where Leguizamo’s characterizations […]

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TRG Music listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts STEVE ANTHONY ORCHESTRA Ballroom dance concert. Next Sunday, October 8, 2 PM, Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquet Center, 8900 S. Archer, Willow Springs. 708-839-1000. LEROY BACH Free concert. Thursday, October 5, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094. JELLO BIAFRA Spoken word concert and benefit for the Green […]

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Chris Knox

CHRIS KNOX For over 20 years, singer and guitarist Chris Knox has made it his business to get under people’s skins, even if it means starting with his own: in the late 70s, when he fronted the New Zealand proto-punk bands Toy Love and the Enemy, he was notorious for bloodying his chest with broken […]

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Jets to Brazil

JETS TO BRAZIL Blake Schwarzenbach studied English at New York University, and after his punk trio Jawbreaker collected their diplomas and moved west, he became something like the poet laureate of the Berkeley punk scene. (On “Chesterfield King,” from the band’s 1992 album, Bivouac, the narrator runs away from a girl he loves and winds […]