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Gwen Avery

Gwen Avery Vocalist Gwen Avery was raised in a tiny town outside Pittsburgh, where she spent many happy hours in her grandmother’s speakeasy, listening to the jukebox–or to whatever bluesman was passing through that night. She likes to invoke her childhood in her publicity material, portraying herself as a rough-hewn traditionalist, but her current style […]

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Lecture Notes: beyond Mir survival

When Soviet cosmonaut Anatoly Pavlovich Artsebarski climbed into his rocket on its launchpad in Kazakhstan on May 18, 1991, he had little idea that his country was about to go through a major political upheaval. As commander of the Soyuz TM-12 spacecraft, he blasted off with two crewmates–Sergei Krikalev and Helen Sharman–to rendezvous and dock […]

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Calendar

Friday 6/29 – Thursday 7/5 JUNE By Cara Jepsen 29 FRIDAY This weekend’s StandDown 2001 is a community-based day of activities designed to provide services and a “safe haven” for veterans, who make up 30 percent of the area’s homeless population. The free event, which attracted 800 vets last year, includes medical, dental, and optical […]

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Baby Boy

Like John Singleton’s other features, this is far from flawless; at 129 minutes it’s longer than it needs to be, and the music hits you like a sledgehammer at moments when any music at all is redundant and something of an insult. But the characters are so full-bodied and the feelings so raw and complex […]

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Robert Barry & Fred Anderson

ROBERT BARRY & FRED ANDERSON I’ve been listening to tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson for about 30 years, and I can’t recall a more joyful, liberated, lyrical example of his playing than his latest disc, Duets 2001 (Thrill Jockey), with drummer Robert Barry. Anderson has already proved that his broad tone and epic solos can stand […]

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Macbeth

Macbeth, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, at the Peabody Estate at Mayslake. Shakespeare was originally performed outdoors–but in a partly enclosed urban structure. When we attend outdoor performances, they tend to be at night in pastoral settings, and so those producing the Bard must often deal with uneven terrain, murky illumination, indistinct acoustics, campground furnishings, pesky […]

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The Making of an Anti-Scenester

The Making of an Anti-Scenester Jamie Hodge’s career in the music industry started in 1992, when his mom was driving him home from a round of east-coast college visits. As a junior at the University of Chicago’s Lab School, he’d recorded some music at the on-campus electronic-music studio, and as a fan of Detroit minimalist […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AEROSMITH, FUEL Thu 7/5, 7:30 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. Sat 7/7, 7:30 PM, Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Highway D and Highway 120, East Troy, Wisconsin. 414-642-4400 or 312-559-1212. AIR, SEBASTIEN TELLIER See Spot Check. Sat 6/30, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 […]

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Cooking With Lard

Cooking With Lard, Lifeline Theatre. In the tradition of Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes, playwrights Cindy Hanson and Cheryl Norris offer an affectionate portrait of a town where generations have grown up knowing everything about one another, resulting in unyielding collective strength and a steady stream of vicious gossip. In keeping with the genre, […]

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Near-Fatal Complications

Judging from its new Quasar, Kinetic Dance Theater works in the most popular of Chicago’s traditions, that of accessible, joyous, jazz-inflected dancing. Much of this hour-long piece shows the influence of Bob Fosse on founder-choreographers Joanna and Ryan Greer. There are worse influences to have, and it’s a witty idea to build an evening around […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories “Pain is the sensation of weakness leaving the body,” Steve Haworth told a Phoenix New Times reporter in May. The local artist was arranging scenes for his Church of Body Modification, whose members endure horizontal full-body suspension (hanging for five minutes from rings in one’s body piercings), tug-of-war (full-force pulling contests using rope […]