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Guilt Trip

The headline on the front page of the Tribune read: “Police arrest 2 in Roscetti Case.” New men had been charged with the October 1986 rape and murder of 23-year-old Lori Roscetti. The four men previously convicted and imprisoned for the crime had been exonerated in December, but not before spending over a decade in […]

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Line

Line, Palio Productions, at the Heartland Studio Theater. Ideally, characters in plays never say the same thing twice–the words might be identical, but the message the person is trying to convey with those words is altered by a new idea or the responses of others. Then again, sometimes the playwright is just unimaginative. The point […]

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Chicago’s Own: Unmoored and Dislocated

Expertly shot and edited, the best of these 16 films and videos create provocative feelings of displacement, their labyrinthine forms mirroring the confusions of our age. In The Shortest Distance (2001), Brandon Doherty envisions Chicago as a vertiginous maze, intercutting the straight lines of buildings and phone wires overhead. Steve Reinke’s Amsterdam Camera Vacation (2001) […]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird, CollaborAction Theatre Company, at the Chopin Theatre. Chicagoans who never got around to reading Harper Lee’s novel in the city’s “book club” initiative can still see this show. More than a civic duty, this is an edifying coming-of-age story for both nine-year-old Scout and the hidebound Alabama town where her idealistic […]

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Cool and Collected: highs in the fifties

Last year was a dark one for the big auction houses, with the economic slump and September 11 hitting an industry already rocked by the Sotheby’s and Christie’s price-fixing scandal. But according to Richard Wright, his young West Loop auction house is on the upswing. “Our business has thrived, while Sotheby’s closed the Chicago location,” […]

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Mountain Goats

John Darnielle, the grimly funny acoustic balladeer who performs as the Mountain Goats, started out making cassette tapes in his bedroom, and he tends like a Stradivarius the 1989 Panasonic RX-FT500 boom box he used to record his latest CD, All Hail West Texas (Emperor Jones). Darnielle swears by its harsh, clattery sound, which seems […]

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Good-Bye Freedom

I’ve had some disconcerting experiences in the 12 years I’ve been taking photographs in Illinois prisons. I’ll never forget the day I was caught in the middle of a riot at Menard and got shoved into a cell for my own safety. Or the time I was threatened at Stateville by gang members. But I […]

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Chicago Cabaret Convention

“From the 1940s until her death in 1984 Mabel Mercer was regarded by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Leontyne Price as the definitive cafe singer, an artist who struck a deep personal chord in nearly everybody who came to hear her,” writes James Gavin in his chronicle of cabaret, Intimate Nights. The nonprofit Mabel Mercer […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts RYAN ADAMS, LEONA NESS Wed 3/13, 7:30, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212. COLBY BESERRA & FRIENDS Free concert. Fri 3/15, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630. BLESSID UNION OF SOULS, WOOLWORTHY Sat 3/16, 8 PM, Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River […]

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Monster’s Missing Piece

I enjoyed reading Jonathan Rosenbaum’s review of Monster’s Ball [February 22]. As usual, he made some very interesting points. Please let him know that the film does tell us why Sean Combs’s character was executed. Buck keeps a scrapbook in which he keeps track of the sentencing. A shot of his collection informs us that […]

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City File

Guess who audits the Chicago Public Schools? “A request for copies of all audits performed by [Arthur] Andersen since 1995 has been made under the Freedom of Information Act and ignored this year, as it has been for the past five years,” writes Tom Sharp in Substance (February). Sleep well. Eeeyuuuuukkkk! How does University of […]