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Dept. of Unfortunate Juxtapositions

The Reader indulged in cruel irony (October 6) when, directly below the heartbreaking story of Korean “comfort women” kidnapped and enslaved by the Japanese army during World War II, you placed an ad paid for by the Japanese government inviting foreigners to come and “experience life in ‘real’ Japan.” Good heavens! What’s next? Tom Hagglund […]

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Pere Ubu

PERE UBU It’s easy to imagine Pere Ubu as the subject of an epic novel–their history reads more like that of a royal family or a fringe political movement than that of a rock band. Yet they’ve often been slighted in New York- or London-centric histories of punk–Clinton Heylin’s meticulous From the Velvets to the […]

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3200 N. Moon

3200 N. Moon, at the Performance Loft. This improvised comedy series, which revolves around seven pals who live in the same Lakeview apartment building, isn’t just another redundant exercise in twentysomething theater–it’s a redundant exercise in twentysomething theater masked as a live taping of a popular sitcom. Too bad 3200 N. Moon doesn’t carry its […]

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Remember the Rialto!

Ben Joravsky’s description of the old Rialto as a “low-rent hotel” is a little like calling Wrigley Field “urban green space.” (Reader, September 29–“Expelled From the Garden.”) The Rialto has a unique place in Chicago’s entertainment history. It was the city’s premier burlesque house during the 30s and 40s and actually continuing into the 50s. […]

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Mom’s the Word

Mom’s the Word, at the Royal George Theatre Center. Near the end of this evening of good-natured complaining, Jacqueline Williams calls motherhood a foreign country and urges herself not to be “like one of those tourists in exotic places, insisting on their Coca-Cola.” Instead of missing her previous life, she’s going to immerse herself in […]

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Paul Wertico Trio

PAUL WERTICO TRIO During his 17 years with the Pat Metheny Group, Chicago-based drummer Paul Wertico has brought an impressive diversity of rhythms to the guitarist’s persuasive hybrid of jazz and rock, building an international reputation as the rocket scientist of fusion drumming. But his advanced musical intelligence coexists with a soft spot for considerably […]

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Maya Beiser

MAYA BEISER Maybe it’s because they have to play sitting down, but cellists, more than almost any other classical soloists, are pegged as stodgy. As soon as Maya Beiser steps onstage, though–in a flamboyant thrift-shop outfit and, likely as not, red platform shoes–it’s clear she’s nothing of the sort. Ranging far from the instrument’s traditional […]

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The Zoo Story

THE ZOO STORY, Slimtack Theatre Company, at the Side Studio. No sterile look at urban alienation, Edward Albee’s hour-long play still packs a wallop after 41 years–especially in this confrontational revival in a small storefront. Director Michael Rice expertly calibrates the danger as Peter, a middle-class publisher reading on a bench in Central Park, is […]

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Green in the Face

Green in the Face By Cara Jepsen The scene outside the UIC Pavilion on the night of the Ralph Nader “super rally” is not unlike the one I encountered here a dozen years ago when the Grateful Dead were in town. White people with dreadlocks. Drumming. People walking zombielike in circles, asking for extra tickets. […]