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Short films, program one

Normally, viewing 16 shorts in a row is a bit like following ice cream with pickles, cheese dip, key lime pie, lima beans, bread pudding, and spinach. But this lineup is relatively homogeneous in its strangeness–evident in the actor’s monologue filmed by children that constitutes David Cronenberg’s 35-millimeter Camera (2000, 6 min.), Joshua Pritzker’s weird […]

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Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings

CHICAGO RHYTHM & BLUES KINGS The Mellow Fellows–the brawny, horn-heavy band that backed singer Larry “Big Twist” Nolan for nearly two decades–carried on under that name for a while after Nolan died in 1990, then in ’93 changed their name to the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Unsurprisingly, the six core members of the Kings–and […]

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The Essential Hamlet

The Tragedy of Hamlet Chicago Shakespeare Theater By Justin Hayford Last week on National Public Radio I heard a film historian decrying the fact that in America film has a lower cultural value than theater. At first glance the truth of his statement seems unassailable. Live theater, even when produced with all the inhuman slickness […]

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Spoon River Anthology

Spoon River Anthology, Spirit Expressing, at Unity in Chicago. Edgar Lee Masters, Carl Sandburg, and Vachel Lindsay are the major poets of the Chicago Renaissance. But since the genius of Masters’s collection of verse epitaphs, supposedly taken from a small-town graveyard in Illinois, is its panoramic scope–a quality not easily conveyed in textbook excerpts–Spoon River […]

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Undershorts Film Festival

The fourth annual Undershorts Film Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 18 through 20, at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $7, and on Sunday a single admission covers the entire day’s screenings. Unless otherwise noted, all films will be projected from videotape. For more information call 773-856-5220. FRIDAY, MAY 18 Short films, program […]

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Don’t Count Us Out

Dear Ms. Levine, Ms. True, Mr. Arden, Mr. Miner, and Ms. Isaacs: Deanna Isaacs’s malicious attempt to paint a bad picture of Thomas Blackman’s Art Chicago in the May 11 Culture Club column is fully misleading. In a long conversation I spoke with dirt digger Isaacs about several subjects in an attempt to honestly respond […]

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Music of the Baroque

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE After three decades at the helm of Music of the Baroque, conductor Thomas Wikman is stepping down. When he founded the ensemble, as a Hyde Park church choir in 1971, the Baroque repertoire was largely neglected. In the intervening years, MOB has grown into one of the most respected ensembles in […]

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Spot Check

IGGY POP 5/18, THE VIC I had something like a near-death experience (well, a thrillingly dramatic blackout, at least) in a crowd crush at an Iggy Pop concert in 1986, and subsequently I remembered the show as being astounding. But years later, I acquired a bootleg of it, and was dismayed to learn it really […]