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The Rescuers

The Rescuers, Lifeline Theatre. This remount of Christina Calvit and Jacquie Krupka’s musical adaptation of The Rescuers (first staged in 1989) offers young audiences a charming adventure, compressing Margery Sharp’s original story into 50 exciting minutes. At the helm of the work’s resourceful trio of mice is the refined Bianca, who proves creative and courageous […]

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Greg Kelley

An uninformed listener to Greg Kelley’s two-year-old solo CD Trumpet (Meniscus) is as likely to think he’s hearing hail on a tin roof, an alarm buzzer, steam escaping a tea kettle, or the snorts of an elephant with sleep apnea as he is to think of the titular instrument. Using only his horn and the […]

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Deep-Six Peotone

If ever there was a clear-cut measure of human folly–among contractors, politicians, planners, pressmen, and their electronic-media counterparts–the proposed airport in Peotone would well exemplify its perfect example. Your cover story by Robert Heuer [“Runway Inflation,” March 15], which might better have been titled “Flying Blind,” highlighted both the ignorance and manipulative skill of Illinois […]

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Get Some R.E.S.T.

Improvisers have always been the daredevils of theater, leaping onstage without a clue what they’re going to do once they get there. Always looking for the next big thrill, the higher high, the more dangerous stunt, many of them took to long-form improvisation, creating a 30- or 40-minute show based on a single suggestion. A […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The 18th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, continues Friday through Thursday, April 12 through 18. Film and video screenings will be at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln; Columbia College Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash; Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski; Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton; […]

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Videos by Ximena Cuevas

Smart, stylish, and funny, these 20 videos by Mexican artist Ximena Cuevas use surprising shifts in imagery or perspective to critique the media and the blandness of bourgeois life. Most are from her series “Dormimundo” (“sleep world”), which she calls “a documentary about the discomfort of being Mexican” in “a country of masquerades, of moral […]

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What a Relief!

I am responding to the very scholarly letters from Matt Segur and Mike Trimble [March 15], who rightfully criticized the “Hot and Bothered” article of Ted Kleine regarding our supposed changing climate [March 8]. Obviously Segur and Trimble are using the same “facts” that guided several of our recent administrations–in particular Ronald the First and […]

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Reveries and Elegies

Like Yasujiro Ozu’s features with seasonal titles, Alexander Sokurov’s hallucinatory video elegies tend to be so similar, even in their running times, that they blur together in memory. Elegy of a Voyage (2001, 47 min.)–which might be more idiomatically titled Elegy for a Voyage–is a journey, a dream, a first-person narrative (visibly as well as […]

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Lesbian Arts Festival

Bailiwick Repertory and the Lesbian Theatre Initiative have teamed up to present the first edition of what they hope will be an annual multidisciplinary lesbian-centered fest showcasing drama, stage combat, poetry, comedy, and music by artists from around the country as well as Chicago. The event runs through May 4 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, […]

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Rubbed the Wrong Way

To the editor: Recently one of my dear friends has informed me of your change in policy regarding the acceptance of massage-service classified advertisements. According to your new policy, all massage advertisers must hold a city license to advertise in the new health-and-wellness section. My friend, who is fully certified by the Chicago School of […]

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Rope

Rope, Sense of Urgency Productions, at the Viaduct Theater. Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 potboiler is based on both the 1927 thrill killing of a Hyde Park teenager by privileged psychopaths Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb and a copycat slaughter by two Oxford University students–though the play is even more obscene than its primary source: Leopold and […]