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Quasi

QUASI The Sword of God is Quasi’s first record since 1999, no doubt because in the interim both members of the Portland duo were busy with more famous projects: Sam Coomes plays bass for Elliott Smith, and Janet Weiss, of course, drums for Sleater-Kinney. Thanks to all that touring, they sounded tighter and more assured […]

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Peace Train

Last Sunday hundreds of people moved west along Devon in a procession that stretched for blocks. Some of the men wore turbans, some of the women wore saris. They chanted slogans in support of the United States. A few wore shirts depicting the American and Pakistani flags side by side. Many waved signs printed with […]

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Love Letters

Charlton Heston may have performed plenty of schlocky larger-than-life roles in Hollywood–Ben-Hur, Moses, John the Baptist–and may be best known these days as a rifle-raising NRA spokesman. But none of this has impaired his ability as an actor. From the moment he walks onstage in this touring production of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, remarkably fit […]

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Charles Lloyd Quartet

September 18, the day Charles Lloyd’s quartet began its current engagement at the Jazz Showcase, is a date with unusual significance for the tenor saxist. Exactly 35 years before, on September 18, 1966, he stepped onstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival (with a different quartet, featuring an unknown 21-year-old pianist named Keith Jarrett) and played […]

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Maxim Vengerov

MAXIM VENGEROV During a concerto performance at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Shostakovich festival in 1999, violinist Maxim Vengerov played with such ferocity that he broke a string–and without losing his composure, he simply borrowed the concertmaster’s instrument and picked up where he’d left off. The Siberian-born Vengerov, now 27, displays an uncommon maturity for a […]

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Wind Dancers Circus

Wind Dancers Circus, Magic Circus, at the Theatre Building. This evening purports to “tell the story of the four winds” through a “compilation of the tales from Greek mythology to Cherokee legend that embody the themes and characters common to many cultures.” But while its characters are identified in the program as Storm, Sprite, Earth, […]

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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, SISQO Sat 9/22, 7:30 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212. BEAUSOLEIL, MARCIA BALL Sold out. Fri 9/28, 8 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College […]

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Resfest Digital Film Festival

This touring program of international digital films continues Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $10; a $55 pass (available to the first 150, and $65 thereafter) admits you to all festival events. For more information call 866-737-3378 or 773-348-4123. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Human Nature Shorts from […]

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Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan

DWIGHT YOAKAM, GARY ALLAN After writing and directing a feature film (South of Heaven, West of Hell) and releasing collections of greatest hits, live material, unplugged performances, and covers, Dwight Yoakam finally wrote an album of new material last year. Tomorrow’s Sounds Today (Reprise) breaks no new ground, but it’s as good as anything he’s […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories On July 31 two women undergoing C-section births at Evanston Hospital contracted necrotizing fasciitis (the “flesh-eating” bacteria) in the operating room, apparently from a surgeon passing gas. The two women, their babies, and the surgeon have been treated and are out of danger. Oscar Ray Bolin has been convicted six times in the […]

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Police Scanner

Tuesday, September 11, 12:01 PM 1862-C: Yeah, we were told that there’s supposed to be no air traffic? I’m lookin’ at an airplane right above the filtration plant a little further north. Notify whoever needs to be notified. Dispatcher: OK, 862-Charlie, ten-four. 1899? 1899: 1899. Dispatcher: ’99, I got a tac unit says he’s got […]