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Elena Bashkirova

Russian-born pianist Elena Bashkirova is talented enough to be a famous soloist in her own right, but in part because of her two marriages–to violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Daniel Barenboim–she’s still a relative unknown, overshadowed by her husbands’ celebrity. Kremer was Bashkirova’s spouse and constant collaborator in the 1970s, and during that time both […]

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Yaptette

Dutch sound artist Jaap Blonk is returning to Chicago for the third time since last spring, and if you think it sounds like he’s fallen in love here, you’re right, sorta: “The Chicago musicians I got acquainted with have been very open-minded and generous in offering me opportunities to play improvised music with them in […]

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Gosford Park

This upstairs-downstairs comedy-drama, set in 1932 in an English country house, is probably Robert Altman’s most accomplished film since the 70s. Among its virtues are the discipline exercised by its fine English cast, a good script by Julian Fellowes (based on ideas by Altman and costar Bob Balaban) that incorporates certain aspects of Agatha Christie-style […]

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Blue Man Group

Hard to believe, but it was more than four years ago that the Blue Men arrived with their jungles of industrial tubing and turbo-hydraulic water-spouting thingamajigs to test a postpsychedelic generation’s affinity for sensory overload. The revue is more clean and collected than it was at its premiere–much of the kinetic clutter has been thinned […]

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City File

“Politics is about enmity,” says Seventh Circuit federal appellate judge and Hyde Park resident Richard Posner in the New Yorker (December 10). “It’s about getting together with your friends and knocking off your enemies. The basic fallacy of liberalism is the idea that if we get together with reasonable people we can agree on everything. […]

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Things Have Changed

Growing up in Chicago, I have always had the same sense that this is my city and I own these streets (“An Area of Darkness,” December 21). Fortunately, I have not fallen prey to a violent mugging, but I have been the obsession of a stalker. Everything changes. For quite a while, being near anyone […]

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Bobby Conn

Bobby Conn is a Kim Fowley for our time. Fowley is little more than a footnote in rock history–his career as a producer and manager certainly hasn’t made him a household name–but in the late 60s he put out a series of solo records that provided a vivid premonition of the adventurous, sex-positive, drug-friendly, persona-swapping […]

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Performance Art

William Kentridge at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through January 20 The vitality of his drawing was what first attracted me to the work of South African artist William Kentridge, whose short animated films, installations, and drawings are on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In his films Kentridge makes large drawings, then changes […]

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No, They Haven’t

Editor: I’m not sure why so many people are laboring under the delusion that Lakeview and Lincoln Park are “safe” neighborhoods, but I didn’t think the Reader would be so naive as to publish a “city lost forever” article on the front page (December 21). Now I’m not afraid to go walking down the street […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

The iconic portrait of Che Guevara stoically gazing past the camera, captured by Cuban photographer Alberto Diaz Gutierrez (aka Alberto Korda) and reproduced on T-shirts by innumerable radicals stateside and abroad, is but a single glimpse of the photographic documentation of revolutionary Cuba, though it’s about the only image most of us know. Shifting Tides: […]

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Candida

Candida, ShawChicago, at First Saint Paul’s Church. This play was Shaw’s paradoxical response to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House–though Candida is no more a doll than Nora. The secret strength behind her successful husband, a muscular exponent of Christian socialism, she’s being wooed with neurasthenic ardor by the supposedly delicate poet-idealist Eugene Marchbanks. Which is the […]

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You Go Girl

Dear Editor, I was surprised to read Reader columnist, Deanna Isaacs, refer to exotic dancers as “girls” throughout the 12/28/01 Culture Club article “All Undressed and No Place to Go.” While people in the exotic entertainment industry may refer to women as “girls,” I would hope that Reader editorial copy would refer to women as […]

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Mix and Match

DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid Under the Influence (Six Degrees) DJ /Rupture Gold Teeth Thief (Soot) “Give me two records and I’ll make you a universe,” wrote Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, in the liner notes to his 1996 album, Songs of a Dead Dreamer. It’s a great quote–and a tall order. It’s tough enough […]

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Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue, Live Bait Theater. To borrow a phrase from officer Harry Strong, one of the many exuberant performers in this largely improvised piece, Live Bait’s Police Teen-Link Program is a credit to pure inspiration. In the three years since its inception, new faces have emerged from the crowd as quickly as participants […]