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Spot Check

OLO 6/8, DOUBLE DOOR You may never have heard of this semilocal band–started here but currently based in Bloomington, Indiana–but in Japan their records come out on Trattoria, the label run by pomo-pop megastar Cornelius. Their second full-length, Still Life With Peripheral Grey (on the Milwaukee label No Karma in the U.S.), is far more […]

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Chicago Blues Festival 2001

In the past, critics have accused the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the Blues Festival’s all-volunteer advisory committee of adopting a cynical “book it and they will come” attitude: if almost anything that includes the words “Chicago” and “blues” will draw tourists to Grant Park like flies on sherbet, and if four days of […]

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Government Inspector

The Government Inspector, Terrapin Theatre, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Nikolay Gogol’s masterwork centers on a stranger who unintentionally exposes a town’s corruption. Wrongly taken to be the title investigator, Saint Petersburg con artist Khlestakov is bribed by the corrupt inhabitants and even offered the mayor’s daughter. In contrast to his past life, he and his […]

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Without Subtitles and Flood

Without Subtitles, Playwrights’ Center, at Loyola University Chicago, Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre, and Flood, Alchymia Theatre. As a prisoner in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia, playwright Jeroen Brouwers experienced the horrors of World War II firsthand. After the liberation of Indonesia in 1945, Brouwers’s family settled in the Netherlands, and his experiences as a […]

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Starring Chicago!

The Gene Siskel Film Center inaugurates its new location at 164 N. State with a three-week retrospective of films shot or set in Chicago, continuing Friday, June 8, through Saturday, June 23. Tickets are $7, $3 for Film Center members. For more information call 312-846-2800. FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Meet the Parents It’s tempting to call […]