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King Chango

The raucous but rather generic ska punk of this New York rock-en-espanol band’s 1996 debut got a thorough rethinking–as did the lineup–on their most recent album, 2000’s The Return of El Santo (Luaka Bop). It blended roots reggae, dancehall, ska, funk, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, and various Latin American styles with a slick pop sensibility […]

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Chicago Improv Festival

The fifth edition of this annual celebration of the art of improvisational comedy brings together more than 1,000 performers from around the U.S. and abroad. (Chicago artists, of course, are heavily represented.) This year’s festival, the largest yet, is divided into several series–Mainstage, Showcase, Sketch, Solo, Duo, and Fringe–as well as an all-night improv session, […]

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The Screenng Process

No Such Thing ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Hal Hartley With Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Helen Mirren, Baltasar Kormakur, Paul Lazar, Annika Peterson, and Julie Christie The Sleepy Time Gal *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Christopher Munch With Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl, Amy Madigan, Frankie R. Faison, Carmen […]

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Where Is the Love?

Lovesexy at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through April 21 Only connect. –E.M. Forster, Howards End N early a century has passed since Forster issued his terse prescription for the modern malaise of alienation–yet what have we learned in the interim? Linked by modems and mobile phones, we can communicate until we drop–but we speak […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ANALOG RADIO Free in-store performance. Mon 4/1, 5 PM, Tower Records, 2301 N. Clark. 773-477-5994. ARBOR AVENUE STATION Free in-store performance. Fri 4/5, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700. ARGUMENT Free in-store performance. Thu 4/4, 5 PM, Tower Records, 2301 N. Clark. 773-477-5994. BEACH BOYS, […]

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Dylan

Dylan, Seanachai Theatre Company, at Victory Gardens Theater. Sidney Michaels’s overlong, sloppy play–part of the Dylan Thomas industry it purports to critique–is nonetheless absorbing for two reasons: Thomas’s magnificent words and John Sierros’s equally magnificent embodiment of the man. Utterly mesmerizing, Sierros shows with every gesture how the poet could be a crude, self-absorbed, lecherous […]

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Mall Rats

Last summer, the same bright idea occurred to two Chicago-area theater professionals who make their home in the northern reaches of Lake County. Jeff-winning actor Doug McDade (a member of Chicago’s Shattered Globe Theatre ensemble) and director Mark Heller (former artistic director at Waukegan’s Bowen Park Theatre) independently approached Gurnee mayor Donald Rudny to suggest […]

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2001: A Space Odyssey

The rerelease of this 1968 masterpiece in 70-millimeter, planned by director Stanley Kubrick well before his death, was so indifferently promoted by Warner Brothers in New York last year that most people were unaware it had even happened. Now the film is belatedly hitting Chicago in a limited release, digitally restored and with remastered sound, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The March issue of Wired reports that two Germans have designed a computer game that inflicts physical punishment on the players. Painstation (not affiliated with Sony) is based on the old Pong game, but each player rests his left hand on a Pain Execution Unit; if he fails to return the ball to […]