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Eric Bibb, Josh White Jr.

ERIC BIBB, JOSH WHITE JR. Guitarist and singer Eric Bibb is a leading light of the blues revivalist movement, largely because he’s not afraid to get his fingerprints all over the folk traditions that some of his peers treat as holy relics. For 1999’s Home to Me, rereleased last year by the EarthBeat! label, Bibb […]

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Cannibals

CANNIBALS, Naked Eye Theatre Company, at A Red Orchid Theatre. Michael Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller’s son and heir, eschewed his family’s power and glory to live in New Guinea and study headhunters. He would have made an excellent subject for a play even if he hadn’t disappeared in the field in 1961. But you wouldn’t know […]

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The Straight Dope

Cecil, just what the heck does the Latin phrase that starts lorem ipsum mean? I have seen this used as “filler text” for years and have always wondered what it meant. Today I had finally had enough, so I cranked up my favorite search engine and fed it this phrase. You can imagine what I […]

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Sir Dobyne

SIR DOBYNE Vocalist Sir Dobyne (formerly Robert Dobyne) isn’t well-known around town–he’s never released an album under his own name, and these days his regular gigs are mostly in the suburbs. But his career dates back to the early years of Chicago soul. In 1963, as lead voice with a doo-wop-influenced group called the Artistics, […]

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Cupid: Drawn and Quartered

Cupid: Drawn and Quartered, Black Jack Productions, at the Cornservatory. Love is not only blind–it’s evenhanded, descending upon the freakish and the average alike. This evening of four one-acts explores love among couples on the peculiar side. Stephen Gregg’s The Sex Lives of Superheroes revolves around a blind date: Michael (Philip Winston) pines for a […]

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Calendar

16 FRIDAY “Contrary to what the FDA and Monsanto say, genetically engineered milk is an entirely different product from natural milk,” says Dr. Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition (and emeritus professor of environmental medicine at UIC). He says research has proven that drinking milk from cows treated with rBGH increases the risk […]

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Alvin Youngblood Hart

Alvin Youngblood Hart Alvin Youngblood Hart’s 1996 debut, the all-acoustic Big Mama’s Door, catapulted him into the forefront of the blues revival movement, mixing up his own songs with classics by the likes of Leadbelly and Blind Willie McTell. A hip young black man in dreadlocks who played impeccably and naturally in idioms nearly a […]

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David Copperfield

DAVID COPPERFIELD, Steppenwolf Theatre Company. British director Giles Havergal’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel, which he’s also staged, is earnest, well acted, handsomely designed, and briskly paced. But it’s not terribly exciting considering the original’s emotional range. Rarely does it display the vitality of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s unforgettable Nicholas Nickleby or the literary adaptations […]

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European Union Film Festival

The fourth annual European Union Film Festival continues Friday through Thursday, February 16 through 22, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $7, $3 for Film Center members. For further information call 312-443-3737. Films marked with a 4 are highly recommended. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Leak An honest young […]

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Hrvatski

HRVATSKI This Berklee dropout clearly loves the twitchy intensity of drum ‘n’ bass, but his frenetic electronic collages have little to do with dancing. On Oiseaux 96-98 (Reckankreuzungsklankewerkzeuge) Keith Fullerton Whitman (aka Hrvatski, which is Croatian for “Croatian”) uses breakbeats not so much for rhythm as for commentary. For instance: The breakbeat from “Amen, Brother,” […]

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Jim Carrane is Living in a Dwarf’s House and The Gong Show (Freaks on Parade)

Jim Carrane Is Living in a Dwarf’s House, at the Second City E.T.C., and The Gong Show (Freaks on Parade), WNEP Theater. Jim Carrane knows a thing or two about making people laugh–he’s a master of self-deprecating humor, whether detailing his frustrating experiences planning his grandmother’s 95th birthday party or contemplating his own future as […]

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Bee-Luther-Hatchee

Bee-Luther-Hatchee, Northlight Theatre. “Is the writer more important than the words?” asks playwright Thomas Gibbons in this folksy, precious examination of race relations and cultural covetousness (the title refers to a place worse than hell). Shelita Burns is a successful publisher with an award-winning hit–a memoir by the elderly Libby Price (Penelope Walker), who was […]

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Eddie King

Eddie King Guitarist Eddie King isn’t the kind of innovator who can create a new style out of whole cloth, but he’s hardly a by-the-numbers imitator either: with his original approach to tried-and-true blues idioms, he’s found a distinctive sound, combining grit-and-gristle vocals, stripped-down funk rhythms, and string-bending guitar leads. An Alabama native who moved […]