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Hungry Hearts

Hard Times Lookingglass Theatre Company at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts By Kerry Reid Bread and circuses are scarce in Charles Dickens’s grim Coketown. Sustenance is hard to come by for those who labor in the textile mills, and fun is forbidden to the miserable Gradgrind children, whose utilitarian middle-class father believes only […]

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Preservation Blues

Preservation Blues Opened in 1926 as a movie palace, the Congress Theater building takes up a quarter of a city block on Milwaukee near Rockwell, with 46 apartments, 16 storefronts, and a lavish domed auditorium built to hold nearly 3,000 people. Since its heyday, it has hosted ballets, weddings, pipe organ concerts, midget wrestling, talent […]

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Friday 5/11 – thursday 5/17 MAY By Cara Jepsen 11 FRIDAY “It has a strong sexual component,” says former medical supply salesman Lee Higgs about his new vocation–fetish photographer. “But it’s very different than porn or sexually explicit type of stuff. It’s more of a stylistic statement. And there’s a lot of room for creativity.” […]

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Morocco, Trap Door Theatre. It’s evident from the get-go where playwright Allan Havis’s allegiances lie in this 1986 meditation on Arab-Jewish relations. Tightly wound Jewish-American architect Kempler acquits himself rather nicely in the play’s finale while the Colonel–the Moroccan counterpart of Jacques Tati’s Mr. Hulot–plays the part of the buffoon, countering Kempler’s heartfelt pleas with […]

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Alchemy in Motion

True Guru at Link’s Hall, May 3-6 By Puja Lalmalani Two little Indian-American girls sat in the back row at Link’s Hall, packed for “True Guru.” One wore a white-and-black velvet dress with black patent leather Mary Janes while the other was dressed in an orange-and-pink traditional Indian salvar kameez. The two friends fidgeted and […]

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POIRE_Z The four members of the international quartet Poire_Z–Swiss percussionist and electronicist GŸnter MŸller, French turntablist Erik M, and the German duo of Andy Guhl and Norbert Mšslang, better known as Voice Crack–have spent years developing highly personalized approaches to sound. So it’s a testament to their improvising skills that on the group’s debut album, […]

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Guided by Voices

GUIDED BY VOICES I’m not one of those people who think Guided by Voices were sent by the Lord to bring us rock, but in this era of shrinking expectations for the genre you have to admire the band for thinking big. Since 1986, when front man Robert Pollard began following those voices away from […]

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Elaine Elias

ELIANE ELIAS When Brazilian-born polymath pianist and sometime singer Eliane Elias named her most recent record Everything I Love (Blue Note), she wasn’t kidding. The core of the album consists of selections from the Great American Songbook (Berlin, Gershwin, Porter), but Elias also offers tunes by Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus; a song of her […]

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The Quare Fellow

THE QUARE FELLOW, Common Air Theatre Company, at the Chopin Theatre. Brendan Behan drew on his own prison experiences–he served time in the 40s for IRA activities–in this 1954 tragicomedy recounting the events in an Irish prison on the day an inmate is going to be hanged. And it’s a shame this rich, troubling play […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ALL NATURAL Free concert. Mon 5/14, 12:15 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4300. TOBIAS BERNSTRUP performs at a group exhibition entitled “Disco.” Sat 5/12, 5:30-10:30 PM, Arena Gallery, 311 N. Sangamon. 312-421-0212. BLACK CROWES, OASIS, SPACEHOG Sun 5/20, 6:30 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. […]

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Disciplines in Collision

58 Group at the Vittum Theatre, April 19-29 By Kelly Kleiman Dance fans regularly bemoan the absence of live accompaniment at most performances. But what happens when live music is not only included but treated as an equal partner with dance? That’s the question posed by the 58 Group, directed by choreographer Ginger Farley and […]