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The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope, BackStage Theatre Company, at the North Lakeside Cultural Center. Should we be concerned that Moliere’s cranky, gossipy characters suit almost any time period? Are these our archetypes? Matthew W. Roth’s production places the titular human hater, Alceste; his flirty love interest, Celimene; and their backbiting social circle in 1920s America. From a sea […]

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Sawt El Atlas

SAWT EL ATLAS If you have any doubts left that the world is shrinking, Sawt El Atlas ought to erase them. France has long been a hotbed of hybridized African music, but this group, led by two singers of Moroccan descent, takes the practice to extremes. On its second album, Donia (recently issued stateside by […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AC ROCK Fri 7/20, 7 PM, Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome. 773-973-0007. TREY ANASTASIO Sat 7/21, 7:30 PM, Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Highway D and Highway 120, East Troy, Wisconsin. 414-642-4400 or 312-559-1212. ANCIENT GREEKS Free concert. Fri 7/20, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094. […]

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Scooby-Doo Mystery Theatre II

Scooby-Doo Mystery Theatre II, New Millennium Theatre Company, at Strawdog Theatre Company. Hoping for a satisfying sequel is a little like Charlie Brown hoping that Lucy won’t pull the football away and send him flying into the ozone–there’s an exhilarating moment of possibility followed by disappointment and some pain. Building on the success of last […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories London’s Guardian reported in April that former president George Bush, former vice president Dan Quayle, and retired general Norman Schwarzkopf, all members of the Tucson organization Safari Club International, have urged the government of Botswana to lift its ban on hunting the rapidly dwindling lion population. According to Derek Joubert, a leading conservationist […]

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The Dana & Julia Show

The Dana & Julia Show, at ImprovOlympic. Dana Goodman and Julia Wolov are infatuated with their own breasts. Over the course of this hour-long sketch-comedy show, they jiggle, squeeze, poke, prod, and grab each other’s chests at every possible juncture. In fact, if their boobies figured any more prominently, B-movie auteur Russ Meyer himself might […]

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Sebi Tramontana

SEBI TRAMONTANA In a recent interview for allaboutjazz.com, Sicilian trombonist Sebi Tramontana opined that he must have been a singer in a previous life–and added that he wouldn’t mind being one again the next time around. Tramontana played guitar and soprano saxophone in his teens but settled on trombone at age 21, a choice that […]

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DJ Dan

DJ DAN A native of Olympia, Washington, DJ Dan got his start in Los Angeles in the early 90s–during the first peak of American rave culture–and by now he’s such a ubiquitous headliner, particularly on the west coast, that he’s easy to take for granted. Musically he roams the considerable middle ground between the minimalism […]

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Super Rail Band

SUPER RAIL BAND For more than three decades the Super Rail Band has literally electrified the traditional Mande music of Mali, adapting music made for the kora for an almost orchestral dance band. Founded in 1971 as the Rail Band du Buffet Hotel de la Gare, it was for years a fixture at a hotel […]

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Reader to Reader

I was standing on the corner of Wilson and Paulina at about 7:30 AM on a Tuesday, waiting for the 145. An old postal truck rolled south toward the intersection, but no one was steering the beat-up white Jeep. Suddenly a guy ran forward and climbed into the front seat, grabbing the steering wheel; then […]