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Count Basie Orchestra

Count Basie Orchestra Usually I can’t run fast enough from a “ghost band” trying to carry on the name of a departed swing-era bandleader: such groups almost always trade on nostalgia, replaying the old hits like a jukebox, with no real connection to the spirit of Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, the Dorsey Brothers, or whoever. […]

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Cerqua Rivera Art Experience

This five-year-old Chicago troupe–made up of 12 musicians and 11 dancers and headed by jazz musician-composer Joe Cerqua and choreographer Wilfredo Rivera–has always had something of a retro feel. Now for the first time they’ll perform in a nightclub, the Black Orchid. A new piece by Kenny Ingram, Givin’ Out Some Soul, pays homage to […]

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Matt Wilson Quartet

MATT WILSON QUARTET Drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson has developed a healthy following by subverting mainstream jazz from within. His usual pianoless quartet, which he’ll bring to town this weekend, builds its tunes on rigorous rhythms and hooky contrapuntal heads, then lifts off into the stratosphere, the two reedists pushing each other onward and upward. […]

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City File

“Landlords don’t want teenage girls, because teenage girls bring teenage boys,” says Latricia Mosley, a former public-housing resident now living in a Section 8 house (“Near West/South Gazette,” June 1). “They don’t want teenage boys, because they’re worried about gangs. And believe it or not, some landlords don’t want married couples. So there’s a lot […]

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About Face Youth Theatre: In Real Life

About Face Youth Theatre: In Real Life, About Face Theatre. Like its first two shows exploring the sexual orientations of young people, About Face Youth Theatre’s third effort is culled from a six-month workshop with about 50 Chicago-area “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, [and] questioning youth.” But this time the workshop also collected 75 stories from […]

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The Automobile Graveyard

The Automobile Graveyard, Trap Door Theatre. Fernando Arrabal’s 1960 play, an absurdist update of the Crucifixion–Jesus is the lead in a garage band–should be dated by now. Its bizarre reversals of role and tone, its casual sex and even more casual cruelty, hark back to the style of earlier days, when Waiting for Godot made […]

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The Straight Dope

I ask this question in total sincerity. A gentleman with whom I (also male) have a mutual interest in companionship told me that he becomes sexually aroused when an attractive man sneezes. He said it makes no difference whether the sneeze is authentic or simulated. (He has never asked me to “fake” one for him; […]

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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 […]