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Get Your Head Out of Your Class!

In “Acquiring Minds” (August 24), Richard Knight Jr. informs us that the houses in Norwood Park are “neat and orderly.” What’s more, we learn that the Hennesseys show “pride” in their home, “one of the neatest houses on the block.” It’s been a while since I’ve seen so much condescension in so few sentences–the lead […]

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Around the Coyote

The 12th annual edition of this multidisciplinary fall arts festival, which was founded by the late Jim Happy-Delpech to showcase artists in Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, features offbeat theatrical fare ranging from the Schadenfreude improv group to stage versions of Anne Sexton poems and Heckle & Jeckle cartoons. The following listings are based […]

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Badenya–Les Freres Coulibaly

BADENYA–LES FRERES COULIBALY Legend has it that an American country bluesman could go to a crossroads at midnight and sell his soul to the devil, in return for which he’d receive supernatural musical talent. More recently, African musicians like Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita have been going to North America or Europe in pursuit of […]

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BS

BS, Free Associates, at the Royal George Theatre Center. The Free Associates’ recently departed artistic director, Mark Gagne, had an uncanny knack for finding the comedy in neurotic characters without indulging in grotesque stereotypes, as evidenced in this long-running send-up of ER. But BS has changed so much since the Free Associates set up shop […]

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Andrew Kohji Taylor and Timothy Bozarth

ANDREW KOHJI TAYLOR AND TIMOTHY BOZARTH In the 25 years since it was established, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series at the Cultural Center has featured hundreds of young musicians about to make their mark, including local stalwarts such as violinist Rachel Barton and soprano Jonita Lattimore. The competition for the 50 programs each […]

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City File

In a sentence. Harvard professor Helen Vendler, reviewing How Milton Works, the latest book by Stanley Fish, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s superstar, disputes his assumption that his readings of the English poet are universally accepted (New Republic, July 30). “Fish assumes that his putative reader is Everyman, but he is only EveryFish.” Property […]

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Squashed in the End

Bug A Red Orchid Theatre Tracy Letts in Bug seems to equate human connection with infection or infestation. At the same time he suggests that people who try to make that connection–however ineptly or bizarrely–are the repositories of society’s spiritual needs and thus comparable to Christ. Balancing these two ideas, Letts implies, is a challenge […]

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May I Help You…Dumbass?

Comedian Matt Besser was the last person I thought would put together a show based on fucking with people’s minds on the phone. After all, he’s a cofounder of one of the most intelligent, subtle satirical comedy troupes to come out of Chicago and make it big, the Upright Citizens Brigade. For the first part […]

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The Straight Dope

Cece, give it to me straight. Is it true that if you touch/handle baby birds, their parents will abandon them? I was forced to evict two little birdies from my garage. I built a new home for them and hoped mom and pop would find them. It appeared that the family had a reunion within […]