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Films by Lynne Sachs

These two poetic essays by Lynne Sachs offer the perfect antidote to PBS: there’s no omniscient narrator talking down to the viewer, reciting facts and explaining what to think, yet the story of each is perfectly clear. Investigation of a Flame examines the Catonsville Nine, who in 1968 stole records from a Maryland draft office […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts BOB ARCI Sun 9/23, 1:30 PM, Performing Arts Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth, River Grove. 708-456-0300, ext. 3835. BACKSTREET BOYS Sat 9/22, 7:30 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. DAVID BYRNE Fri 9/14, 7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212. CABARET AT NOON […]

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Copycat Crimes

Sexy Beast ** Directed by Jonathan Glazer Written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto With Ray Winstone, Amanda Redman, Ben Kingsley, Cavan Kendall, Julianne White, and Ian McShane. Most crime films owe a debt to Victorian melodramas. The past plays a big role. As characters lose control of events, the past becomes the reference point […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In July a successful Hooters restaurant in Augusta, Georgia, had to file for bankruptcy protection after a jury penalized it $11.9 million for conducting an unsolicited-fax advertising campaign. An obscure 1991 federal law bans such faxes and sets a penalty of up to $500 per transmission (the Hooters sent out about 1,300). Such […]

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Tripped Up

Shifting Landscapes Ole Ole Puppet and Dance Theater at the Harold Washington Library Center, September 6-9 If the second act of Ole Ole Puppet and Dance Theater’s Shifting Landscapes had been presented as act one and vice versa, the piece might have constituted a successful experiment with the flamenco tradition: stilling the frenetic feet to […]

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Onion City Film Festival

The Onion City Film Festival, an annual showcase of avant-garde films, began in the late 80s and continued through 1998. This weekend Chicago Filmmakers revives the festival with six programs of short films and videos, showing at Columbia College Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan; Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark; and Cinema Borealis, 1550 N. Milwaukee, […]

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The Gin Game

The Gin Game, Stage Actors Ensemble, at the Performance Loft. A clever cautionary tale about growing old gracelessly, D.L. Coburn’s bittersweet 1978 Pulitzer winner depicts two elderly survivors who get a last chance–and blow it. To escape from the living dead who slobber through life in their cheapskate nursing home, demure Fonsia and curmudgeonly Weller […]

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My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel, Free Associates, at Live Bait Theater. Diana Morgan’s 1980 stage version of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel captures little of its rich mystery and romance. And though Free Associates artistic director Susan Gaspar proclaims herself a du Maurier devotee, her plodding staging lacks the gothic atmosphere and erotic intensity of this Bronte-esque […]

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Histrionics: Four Plays by Women on Psychology, Sexx, and General Madness

Histrionics: four plays by women on psychology, sex, and general madness, Stockyards Theatre Project, at the Heartland Studio Theater. Four short plays address the search for self. The Narcissistic Personality Disorder Radio Show, by Silvia Gonzalez S., tunes in to radio talk-show host Natasha Woods (Claudia Vasilovik)–“not a licensed therapist, but…I’vedone a lot of research.” […]

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That’s Weird Grandma

After a monthlong hiatus, this show by the Barrel of Monkeys ensemble is back–and it’s still brimming with infectious fun, simple joy, and lots of laughter. In just under an hour, an enthusiastic ensemble of multitalented adult actors presents 17 hilarious songs and sketches based on creative-writing projects done by kids in Chicago’s public schools, […]