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Ladyfest Midwest

This multidisciplinary female-driven festival includes panel discussions Friday through Sunday, August 17 through 19, at the following venues: Artemisia Gallery, 700 N. Carpenter; Autonomous Zone, 3204 W. Division; Association House, 2150 W. North; Casa Central Community Center, 1335 N. California; Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley; […]

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Three films by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

The prolific Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been at work for nearly two decades, sometimes making straight-to-video features but more recently receiving some belated international recognition. This month the Film Center will show 35-millimeter prints of a half dozen of his recent thrillers, made between 1996 and 2000, and I can recommend all three that […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ERYKAH BADU, NIKKA COSTA Sun 8/26, 7:30 PM, Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-791-6190 or 312-559-1212. BARENAKED LADIES, PROCLAIMERS, SARAH HARMER Fri 8/24, 7 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. JONATHA BROOKE Fri 8/17, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. […]

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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XIII

The 2001 edition of the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company’s annual marathon showcase of emerging talent features a slew of local fringe theater and performance companies and solo artists. The Abbie Fest was founded in 1989 to honor the late anarchist author of Woodstock Nation and to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. “Abbie […]

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Martires Del Compas

MARTIRES DEL COMPAS Martires del Compas, from Seville, Spain, have been celebrated at home for the way they mix non-Iberian styles into their version of flamenco, but there’s no chance you’ll confuse them with the Gipsy Kings. On their U.S. debut, Mordiendo el duende (Detour), they sound more inspired by Madrid nuevo flamenco heavies Pata […]

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Why We Laugh

Word of Mouth Ali Farahnakian at the Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio Under the Influence Megan Grano at the Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio By Kelly Kleiman The two solo shows now appearing at Second City could have been a final exam in Anatomy of Humor for the city’s thousands of students of improv-based comedy. […]

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Ladyfest Midwest

Thursday, August 16 Opening Night: 5:30 PM | l Le Tigre, Amy Ray, the Butchies, Tami Hart, Puerto Muerto, Summer Chance | ‘ Shorts by Becca Albee and KJ Mohr | x Lara Oppenheimer, Haymarket Hussies | all ages | Congress Theater 11 PM | ‘ Videos in Heaven | Heaven Gallery After Hours Party: […]

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All in the Timing

All In The Timing, Will Act for Food, at Phoenix Ascending Theatre. The production company’s title is not a joke. Will Act for Food’s mission since 1997 has been raising money to benefit homeless shelters and food pantries. And how better to accomplish this task than to–hey, I know!–put on a show? The premises of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Last month the health ministry of the Netherlands debuted its glossy 32-page publication Mainline Lady. Resembling a newsstand fashion magazine, it’s meant to help drug-addicted women feel better about their health and appearance, with articles on gaining weight, disguising needle marks with makeup, and rejuvenating heroin-ravaged skin. It also features an upbeat horoscope […]

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Rabbi Bob Alper

Stand-up is in the doldrums. The best comedians have abandoned the clubs to second-raters, has-beens, and never-weres, all of whom seem stuck doing weak variations on the standards of the early 90s: dick, airline food, and Clinton jokes. In that context Rabbi Bob Alper seems a radical alternative. With his more leisurely performing style–and refusal […]

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Nortec Collective

NORTEC COLLECTIVE The reach of electronic dance music seems limitless, and considering Tijuana’s proximity to San Diego, it’s no surprise that the city’s clubs have been chockablock with jacked-up beats for years. Yet while techno may be a universal language, not everyone speaks it well: on the Tijuana duo Fussible’s 1999 album, Fono (Opcion Sonica), […]

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Critic’s Choice

LUKA BLOOM Barry Moore, younger brother of Irish singer-songwriter Christy Moore, cut three records of guitar folk in the late 70s and early 80s. But in 1988 he became Luka Bloom, borrowing his new name from a Suzanne Vega tune and the protagonist of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and left Dublin behind to make his mark […]