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World Music Festival Chicago 2000

The Chicago World Music Festival was a stunning success in its inaugural year: attendance surpassed the organizers’ expectations, and the logistical difficulties of bringing in 40-some acts from around the globe to play a ten-day event with 12 different venues were largely invisible to the public. Most important, the quality and diversity of the music […]

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Datebook

SEPTEMBER 29 FRIDAY You can learn how to make wood do what you want it to at the Chicagoland Woodworking Show this weekend. Floor demonstrations and seminars will tackle subjects like bending wood, building a cabinet, and door and drawer construction. More than 100 manufacturers will exhibit their wares and local clubs such as the […]

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Year of the Rooster

By David Whiteis In the late 60s you could still get in trouble listening to Chicago blues. “I can remember going to a club on the west side, which was a black motorcycle gang hangout,” recalls Jim O’Neal. “Morris Pejoe was playing there. And a guy walked past me; I was the only white person […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Campaign 2000: Robert Salzberg of Sarasota, Florida, finished a strong second with 26 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat, despite revealing that he would soon plead not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge of beating up a police lieutenant inside a station house in […]

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Intimate Spaces

Curious Beautiful at the Neo-Futurarium, through October 21 By Justin Hayford The plainly dressed subject of Jan Vermeer’s A Girl Asleep, painted sometime in the late 1650s, sits at a table, her head resting on her hand, her eyes cast downward. She may be sleeping, inebriated, or simply despondent: her expression is unreadable. Only one […]

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Patricia Barber

PATRICIA BARBER Pianist and singer Patricia Barber approaches her career with the same restless energy that roils beneath the surface of her music: whether on the piano bench or in the producer’s chair, she just can’t sit still. Barber attracted much of her considerable following with the beautifully crafted originals on her last two studio […]

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The Women

Adapted from the celebrated play by Clare Boothe, this glossy 1939 comedy about a pampered set of Manhattan plutocrat wives hasn’t lost its satirical edge or bitchy sense of fun. Boothe, a sharp-tongued magazine editor and social climber who married Time publisher Henry Luce, knew well the psychology of women who measure their self-worth by […]

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Present Laughter

PRESENT LAUGHTER, Bailiwick Repertory. Noel Coward’s 1943 comedy has most of the usual ingredients of a Coward play: bitchy upper-class characters; snappy, brittle dialogue; a posh setting (in this case a popular actor’s well-appointed London flat). The only thing missing is the laughter. Oh, there are funny bits in this complicated farce about an egotistical […]

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The Belle of Amherst

THE BELLE OF AMHERST, Laboratory Theatre, at the Chopin Theatre. “Paradise is never a journey,” declared Emily Dickinson. And according to William Luce’s celebrated one-woman portrait of the poet, Dickinson found paradise in a lifelong retreat from people. (Too shy to admit she didn’t know how to tell time, she learned only when she was […]

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Girls Will Be Boys

The Ballad of Little Jo Steppenwolf Theatre Company By Albert Williams The annals of American history and legend are dotted with accounts of women who posed as men in the sexually restrictive 19th and early 20th centuries. One disguised herself to become a soldier and follow the man she loved into battle. Another, whom today […]

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Eleven Dollar Prophet

Antonio Sacre’s lighthearted autobiographical tales about growing up in a half-Latino, half-Irish-Catholic family have made him popular on the school and library circuit. And his more challenging shows, like last year’s My Penis–In and Out of Trouble, are popular in hipper venues, like the New York International Fringe Festival (where he’s performed four years running). […]