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Full Service Band-Aid

Bob Andrews’s career in the music business started out as a lark. While the Nashville native was toiling away at a drum shop for seven bucks an hour, his friend Ken Coomer was drumming for alt-country heroes Uncle Tupelo. “I saw that Ken was having a good time on the road all of the time, […]

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The Coup

The Oakland duo who call themselves the Coup have been churning out bouncy, funky, politically charged hip-hop since the early 90s to little notice, but thanks to the intended cover art for their fourth and latest album, Party Music (75 Ark), newshounds the world over know who they are: a doctored photo pictured MC and […]

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The Job

The Job, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. From Blade Runner to Angel Heart to Barton Fink, retro noir has proved a durable vehicle for allegorical drama. The Job is a straightforward effort from playwright and sometime screenwriter Shem Bitterman that never quite literalizes its religious overtones but sports a devil figure, a shadow-self rival, an angelically redemptive […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve seen a lot of contrasting information about this all over the Web, but that doesn’t tell me anything, except that the druggies at school aren’t the only guys in on the concept: getting high off of banana joints. Is there really a chemical called “bananadine”? If so, can you really get high from smoking […]

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W.C. Clark

Bassist and guitarist W.C. Clark came of age in Austin in the mid-50s, a particularly fertile period for Texas blues. Young Turks like Freddie King and Albert Collins were adding a new intensity to the linear, hornlike guitar style they’d learned from T-Bone Walker and his generation of gulf coast fret men; at the same […]

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Ellipses Reels 1-4

My exposure to Stan Brakhage’s massive oeuvre has been somewhat limited, but these four works made in 1998 are among the most exciting and ravishing I’ve seen, rivaling even Scenes From Under Childhood (1970). Aptly described by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice as “scratch-and-stain films,” these mainly nonphotographic works “are, among other things, a […]

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Roy Campbell & Massamalgam

Trumpeter Roy Campbell brings old-fashioned virtues to the most freewheeling new music: though he’s frequently played in groups led by visionary bassist William Parker, his crisp technique would fit anywhere on the century-old jazz continuum. Campbell’s horn sings with a brash melodicism inherited from Louis Armstrong, and he scrambles the screech register with the abandon […]

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Friday 4/26 – Thursday 5/2 APRIL 26 FRIDAY Professor Samuel O. Regalado was a right-handed sidearmer when he pitched for a semipro team in California. Now a historian at California State University at Stanislaus, he has researched Jackie Robinson’s role in the “emancipation of Latin American baseball players,” Nisei women’s softball during the Japanese-American internment, […]

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Words, at Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio, through May 5. The premise driving this 90-minute show of performance poetry, sketches, songs, and improvisation–finish the sentence “Black is…”–has promise. But the results are often disappointing. The main exception is the poetry of Oscar Lester (aka Triple Blak), Jeanne Thompson Miller, Paradyse, and Cornelious “See” Flowers. Performed […]

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Enlightenment Guaranteed

Germany’s auteur of angst, Doris Dorrie (Am I Beautiful?, Men…), directed this poignant 2000 social comedy about two frustrated middle-aged brothers from Munich who embark on a pilgrimage to a Buddhist monastery near Tokyo. One is a selfish appliance salesman whose wife has deserted him (Uwe Ochsenknecht), the other a meek feng shui consultant aspiring […]

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The Good Woman of Setzuan

The Good Woman of Setzuan, Stage Left Theatre. The words “religious” and “sweet” are not usually associated with Bertolt Brecht, yet this story of a woman whose goodness threatens to destroy her is both. Brecht combines his own version of the Christ story with Paradise Lost to tenderly assess the costs of living. Without sacrificing […]

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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, […]