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The last Apple

The Last Apple, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. It’s ironic that in a nation founded on the principle of self-advancement, parents will encourage their children to seek a better life, then protest when they find it. In Darlette McAlpin’s new play, Joe Appleton has devoted himself to expanding the Apple Cab Company and to educating his […]

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Eminent Disdain

I read with disbelief Ben Joravsky’s “Tied to the Tracks” [January 4]. I didn’t believe that the pretense of democracy existed within the city limits of Chicago. I couldn’t believe that Darren Brown was “invited” to meet with CTA officials and his alderman, where officials were “conciliatory” and “explained” and even “offered” to build him […]

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As You Like It

As You Like It, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. David H. Bell sets his production in imperial Russia, a choice that makes Shakespeare’s comedy darker and more beautiful than it is in most renditions. The Duke’s praise of life in the Forest of Arden illustrates his nobility, not the forest’s charm: it’s snowing, and people are sleeping […]

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City File

Thanks to Boeing, your wallet is lighter this morning. In December the aerospace giant, now headquartered in Chicago, arranged a deal that Arizona senator John McCain described as “the envy of corporate lobbyists from one end of K Street to the other.” Compliant congresspeople from the far west inserted a provision in the Defense Department […]

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Theater people: Boxing 2000 brings the boys back home

Chicagoans may remember Richard Maxwell as a founding member of the experimental company the Cook County Theater Department, known for stunts like restaging Puccini’s Tosca with nonoperatic singers, projected film clips, hand puppets, and saxophone accompaniment. But since leaving Chicago he’s won an Obie award and become the toast of the New York underground. “A […]

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Neville York

The steel pan doesn’t turn up often in jazz, for several good reasons. Its shimmery, floating timbre–you might even call it eerie–mixes uncomfortably with the focused tones of horns and piano. And technique presents even bigger problems: Since a pan lacks the sustain of a piano or vibraphone, the player has to execute a single-note […]

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The Straight Dope

Your column about the origin of the name Milk Duds brings to mind another unusual name. In my work in retailing I frequently see checks and credit cards issued by an institution known as Fifth Third Bank. What kind of name is Fifth Third Bank? Sure, not everyone can be first, and Avis did all […]

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Boxing 2000

There are few success stories more gratifying than writer-director Richard Maxwell’s. During the early 1990s he toiled in semiobscurity with the Cook County Theater Department, living and working in a near-south-side loft with a committed band of avant-garde pranksters who weren’t afraid to let the ridiculous overshadow the sublime: for the climax of their inexplicable […]

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Alone on the Pacific

Kon Ichikawa’s odd and magisterial docudrama of 1963 (also known as My Enemy, the Sea), beautifully filmed in ‘Scope and color, follows the true adventures of a young Japanese who sailed a 19-foot yacht from Osaka to San Francisco over 94 days in 1962. Alternating between scenes of this journey and flashbacks showing the hero’s […]

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Calendar

Friday 1/18 – Thursday 1/24 JANUARY 18 FRIDAY “The director of a clinic preapproved this work,” says Chicago painter Mary King of her watercolor and acrylic works on paper, “but later substance abuse counselors wanted it removed, stating, ‘It’s about child abuse!’ and ‘Penises are everywhere!’…Some of the items they called penises were arborvitae bushes.” […]

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Politico

Politico, Politico, Inc., at the Playground. At least this troupe aims to do something important with sketch comedy: inspired by over-the-top patriotism and small-minded politicians, it attempts sharp, relevant political satire. Unfortunately, that’s rarely attained. While a few segments draw smiles of recognition, most of the offerings range from dull to stupefying. Min-aha Beeck, Cholley […]

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Eighth Blackbird

Based at the University of Chicago, the Contemporary Chamber Players have been championing new music for 38 years. These days the core of the ensemble’s fluid lineup is two groups with established identities of their own: the Pacifica Quartet and Eighth Blackbird, a young sextet of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. For the […]