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Beulah

Critics have compared this San Francisco pop ensemble to the Beatles and the Velvet Underground, to Love and Pavement, to the Beach Boys and Built to Spill–references so varied they probably tell you more about the critics than they do about Beulah. And writers who don’t haul out their rock encyclopedias inevitably pigeonhole the band […]

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Boomer Bust

Immoral Imperatives Victory Gardens Theater A strange sense of 70s deja vu permeates Jeffrey Sweet’s latest play, now receiving its world premiere at Victory Gardens under Calvin MacLean’s direction. Its attitude is earnest boomer self-fascination, its sexual politics and part of the story are lifted from Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and the Key West setting […]

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SOFA Chicago 2001

The eighth annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art at Navy Pier, which features the work of over 1,500 artists from around the world, runs Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 11 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday, October 7, noon to 6 PM, at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand. […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. Concerts RYAN ADAMS & THE LAX, PAUL BURCH See Spot Check. Wed 10/10, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212. YOLANDA ADAMS, MARY MARY, SHIRLEY CAESAR, VIRTUE Fri 10/12, 7:30 PM, New Regal Theater, 1665 E. 79th. 773-721-9301 or 312-902-1500. BASS X Free in-store performance. Fri 10/5, 7 PM, […]

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Jeb Bishop Trio

Ten years ago Jeb Bishop’s trombone gathered dust in his parents’ North Carolina attic while he played bass in rock bands and matriculated as a philosophy grad student; now it’s the textbooks that gather dust, and he’s become one of the most ubiquitous horn players on Chicago’s creative-music scene. Bishop moves effortlessly between swinging rhythms […]

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Inish

Inish, Shapeshifters Theatre, at the Irish American Heritage Center. It’s easy to see why Fergus Linehan and Jim Doherty thought Lennox Robinson’s 1938 play, Drama at Inish, would make a good musical. The story is strong–a theater troupe’s arrival in a sleepy Irish village turns it upside down–and it’s packed with charming small-town types: the […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories According to a study reported in the September issue of Nature, the sexual apparatus of the male earwig is thin and brittle and frequently breaks off inside the female, but it has a fully functional spare. Last month Tokyo’s Mainichi Daily News reported that a 25-year-old bulimic woman from Toyoda (near Nagoya) had […]

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Norman Blake

These days Norman Blake is best known for his facility with the acoustic guitar traditions and songwriting styles of the American south–that’s him doing “You Are My Sunshine” on the sound track to O Brother, Where Art Thou?–but his roots are in 1950s Nashville country. Born in Chattanooga in 1938, Blake grew up listening to […]

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Dylan Van Der Schyff

When he first appeared on the radar screen, in Vancouver about a decade ago, there was no telling which direction Dylan van der Schyff would go. An immensely gifted young drummer born in South Africa, he could swing hard and apply a light touch with equal dexterity, and if he’d chosen to he could have […]

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Chicago Book Week – City of Big Readers

Chicago Book Week–City of Big Readers Chicago’s second annual literary festival, which runs October 8 through 14, features readings by local and national writers, poets, and scholars as well as discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibits, tours, and family and children’s activities at locations throughout the city. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. See separate listing in […]