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Mouse on Mars

MOUSE ON MARS Most of the tunes on Mouse on Mars’s terrific new Idiology (Thrill Jockey) would more likely precipitate a sit-down strike than a dance-floor clamor at the local disco. But Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma haven’t obscured their techno roots even as they’ve moved beyond them. As on last year’s Niun Niggung, […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AIR, SEBASTIEN TELLIER Sat 6/30, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212. BODEANS Tue 6/26, 8 PM, Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100. CHICAGO, MISTAKEN IDENTITY Sat 6/30, 8 PM, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. 312-559-1212. COULD IT BE MAGIC? […]

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La Derniere Lettre (The Last Letter)

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is known for his cinema-verite documentaries of institutional life: Titicut Follies, High School, Hospital. With this beautifully staged, lit, and acted production–a one-woman performance starring French actress Catherine Samie–he also reveals himself as a first-rate theatrical artist. Wiseman’s script–adapted from Russian journalist Vassili Grossman’s once-suppressed novel Life and Fate–is a monologue in […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The Swedish navy announced in May that, because of slashes in the military budget, its around-the-clock operations would be cut back to Monday through Friday, nine to five. The nation’s army and air force have not yet decided whether to remain open on weekends. Ben Lambert of Winnipeg, Manitoba, expects to sell 40,000 […]

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The Blue View

My thanks to Harold Henderson for reporting on Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development in “Reading: Blue Bags, Red Flags” (June 15). Evaluating the blue bags collected with the garbage against separate collection, the authors offer a split decision. Many of us committed to separate collection see it as the best route […]

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Films by Andy Warhol, program one

Andy Warhol’s name was so often attached to narrative films by Paul Morrissey (Andy Warhol’s Flesh, Andy Warhol’s Trash, etc) that some viewers might be surprised at the rawness and randomness of the films Warhol directed himself. This Chicago Filmmakers program, which collects three of his earliest works, reveals his aesthetic debt to composer John […]

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Willie Pickens

WILLIE PICKENS Chicago pianist Willie Pickens lets it all hang out: voluble and mercurial, he can play with the force of two pianists. (Not that he always does: on a forthcoming Concord release, recorded at the Jazz Showcase in December, he plays duets with–and leaves plenty of room for–fellow pianist Marian McPartland.) Though a stalwart […]

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Natural Order

Edward Weston: The Last Years in Carmel at the Art Institute of Chicago, through September 16 By Fred Camper When I first looked at reproductions of Edward Weston’s prints almost 30 years ago, I found them inert and dull, skillful but lifeless. And I figured that since Weston himself had published these black-and-white photos in […]