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Dulling It Down

Georges Mazilu at Eastwick, through December 23 Scott Harrison at Lyonswier Packer, through December 23 By Fred Camper The figures in Georges Mazilu’s 12 paintings at Eastwick seem to float in ambiguous spaces. At once powerful beings and fabricated puppets or mannequins, they’re oddly divided, both spiritual entities pondering their place in the cosmos and […]

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Agnes of God

AGNES OF GOD, Synergy Therapy Theatre Company, at Irving Park United Methodist Church. Agnes is a young nun who’s purportedly carried a child to term, then murdered it–with no apparent recollection of doing so. Is this scandal rooted in biological aberration or divine intervention? Is the perpetrator a disturbed adolescent looking for spiritual rationales for […]

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Voice of Ethiopia

Poor Little Knitter on the Road (Bloodshot) By Anders Smith-Lindall Here’s a concept: a tribute record to a tribute record. In 1985, LA punks John Doe, Exene Cervenka, and D.J. Bonebrake from X, Dave Alvin from the Blasters, and stand-up bassist Johnny Ray Bartel–all of whom had what in those days and in that scene […]

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Big Lie

Dear Ms. True: It’s a pity the Reader was suckered, in your front-page plug (November 12) for a Palestinian documentary, into printing Nadia Oehlsen’s embarrassingly false account of Israel’s war of independence. Your reviewer’s crude bias is revealed by this whopper: “Most Arab violence at the time, including at least two of three massacres of […]

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City File

The bad news is you have HIV. The good news is you have HIV. “HIV patients reported that they have discovered the important things in life, removing trivial problems,” according to a Centers for Disease Control summary of a small study published in AIDS Alert (October). About half the 51 patients surveyed thought their lives […]

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Beefcake

This arresting example of camp documentary–a form that’s an antidote to mockumentary as well as straight documentary–historicizes male-physique photography of the 50s, combining archival images, fictionalized narrative based on real events and people, and interviews with former photographers and models (including Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro). The main “character” is photographer Bob Mizer (Daniel MacIvor), […]

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Lost Child! Fifty Dollar Reward

Lost Child! Fifty Dollar Reward, Van Chester Productions, at Angel Island. Unlike most playwrights twice his age, Sean Farrell has mastered the art of economy. There isn’t an ounce of fat or gristle in his latest semiautobiographical monologue, Lost Child! Fifty Dollar Reward–which is somewhat surprising given his reputation for highly intellectual and philosophical work. […]

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The Straight Dope

When my roommate’s alarm goes off, he invariably presses the snooze bar. This continues in nine-minute cycles until I have to rouse him myself. All the alarms I have seen have a nine-minute snooze interval. Is this a standard number, and if so, where did it come from? –Matt Mc, Indiana, Pennsylvania What a relief […]

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Calendar

Friday 11/26 – Thursday 12/2 NOVEMBER By Cara Jepsen 26 FRIDAY If you absolutely, positively must go downtown today, at least be aware of the few good deals there are to be had. The first 300 cars that show up at Standard Parking, 17 E. Adams (312-554-0112), get to park for free (doors open at […]

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Michael Brecker Quartet

MICHAEL BRECKER QUARTET With his new Time Is of the Essence (Verve), saxophone colossus Michael Brecker bestrides two shores: the album’s organ and guitar make it his funkiest of the 90s, yet it’s also true to the complexities of John Coltrane’s music, circa Giant Steps. Coltrane has always been his biggest influence, but Brecker stepped […]

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Almost Real

Georges Mazilu at Eastwick, through December 23 Scott Harrison at Lyonswier Packer, through December 23 By Fred Camper The figures in Georges Mazilu’s 12 paintings at Eastwick seem to float in ambiguous spaces. At once powerful beings and fabricated puppets or mannequins, they’re oddly divided, both spiritual entities pondering their place in the cosmos and […]

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Greed

There’s surely no more famous lost film than Erich von Stroheim’s Greed, a silent film made in 1923 and ’24 and released by MGM in mutilated form in late 1924. If you believe the hype of Turner Classic Movies, what’s been lost has now been found–even though the studio burned the footage it cut almost […]