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Pineapple

This week Facets Multimedia Center kicks off a monthlong retrospective of work by the talented Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai (who will attend selected screenings Friday through Sunday). Pineapple (1983, 78 min.), a fascinating social history of the growing and processing of pineapple, extends back to 1898, when Sanford Dole became the first governor of Hawaii, […]

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Spot Check

EL GRAN SILENCIO 7/6, ARAGON On their 1998 album for Ark 21, Libres y locos, the Mexican group El Gran Silencio concocted a sprawling mix of hip-hop, dancehall, hard rock, and Mexican regional styles like cumbia and nortena. It was clear from the outset that they couldn’t claim mastery over any one of these, but […]

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Forever My Darlin’

Forever My Darlin’, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. We know right off that teen heartthrob Johnny Ace is going to die. Not just because director Runako Jahi notes in the program that the real Johnny Ace died young but because hooded figures of Death dance along with Ace on the stage of the Apollo. Unfortunately the […]

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New Sounds From Old Technology

New Sounds From Old Technology The first Americans to start using computers right out of the cradle are now in their early 20s–but though they’re as comfortable with modern technology as your grandma is with a teakettle, they’re not immune to nostalgia. “A few years ago I got my old Atari out of the closet, […]

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True Books

How to Teach Your Dog to Talk, by Captain Haggerty (Fireside, $13). Synopsis: Your dog can learn to make sounds that approximate English words, as well as perform a variety of other tasks, such as fetching Kleenex or a ringing cell phone. The author, retired from the U.S. Army K-9 Corps, suggests you consider what […]

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Sexually Transmitted Deity

Sexually Transmitted Deity, Dramatist Revolutionary Army, at Stage Left Theatre. Although Jaimie-Lee Wise’s thoroughly black comedy promises “graphic sex rituals and nudity,” there isn’t much to recommend Sexually Transmitted Deity to would-be perverts except a bit of nakedness in the form of a flaccid male member. Unless, of course, talking dirty is your thing: the […]

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Roy Gaines

ROY GAINES Guitarist Roy Gaines was sharing stages with fellow Texans T-Bone Walker and Gatemouth Brown in the early 50s, when he was still in his teens; after a road stint with drummer and vocalist Roy Milton, he joined the revue of popular R & B singer Chuck Willis–that’s his guitar on Willis’s hits “CC […]

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Faces of the Powerless

Lewis Hine’s Crusade Against Child Labor at the Harold Washington Library Center, through July 8 Joe Schwartz at Stephen Daiter, through July 28 Nikki S. Lee at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, through July 28 Zwelethu Mthethwa at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, through July 28 By Fred Camper Photography, like cinema, has long had […]

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland, SummerNITE, at the Theatre Building. The world’s most enduring drug dream-children’s tale is played out with agility and remarkable energy by SummerNITE’s cast of seven. Christopher Markle’s adaptation, commissioned by New York’s Lincoln Center, remains faithful to Lewis Carroll’s story and dialogue, thankfully maintaining the dark edge Disney diluted. On a black […]

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Alfred Hitchcock Resents: The Master of Suspense Unscripted

Alfred Hitchcock Resents: The Master of Suspense Unscripted, Free Associates, at the Royal George Theatre Center. Hitchcock’s horror, in films such as Psycho and in his two popular television series, is the focus of the Free Associates’ latest improv show, conceived and directed by Adrienne Smith–a rhapsodic romance set against a nameless evil and spooky […]

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City File

“I think 90 is the ideal class size,” University of Chicago law professor David Currie tells the University of Chicago Chronicle (June 7). “I know some of my colleagues prefer smaller classes, but I believe you need a critical mass. With 90 students, there is bound to be someone who has something interesting to say […]

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The Truth Still Hurts

By Michael Miner The Truth Still Hurts In 1995 the Reader introduced Bobwatch, an ongoing assault on the columns of the Tribune’s Bob Greene. The pitiless author, Ed Gold, was no more unfair to Greene than the canons of ridicule allowed him to be, and his occasional pieces became one of the most popular running […]