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Anitpop Consortium

In hip-hop, live performance rarely means more than overblown karaoke. Old-school heads (and Beck) continue to advocate for two turntables and a microphone, and in the 90s the Roots succeeded at kicking it live with an honest-to-God band, but for a form that’s made such strides in the studio, few practitioners have shown much interest […]

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Hollywood Arms

Hollywood Arms, Goodman Theatre. Dysfunctional families are a dime a dozen, so the stories they spawn stand or fall by their texture, drama, or recognizability. Given the last criterion, you’d think this adaptation of Carol Burnett’s memoir One More Time by Burnett and her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, with its seedy LA setting and celebrity […]

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Silver Images Film Festival

Presented by the Chicago-based documentary production and distribution company Terra Nova Films, the ninth annual Silver Images Film Festival continues Friday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 29, at Advocate Health Center-Evergreen Park, 9435 S. Western, Evergreen Park; Advocate Health Center-Schaumburg, 1931 Meacham, Schaumburg; Alliance Francaise, 54 W. Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, […]

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Cherry Docs

Cherry Docs, Next Theatre Company. Apparently it’s news to Canadian playwright David Gow and Next artistic director Kate Buckley that liberal Jewish lawyers feel conflicted about representing Nazis. If it’s news to you, read about the Nazis’ 1978 march in Skokie instead of seeing this cliched, overwrought production. Likely it’s Gow’s ignorance of contemporary Jewish […]

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Reporters’ Creed: Keep It to Yourself/Throw the Paper and Run/News Bites

Reporters’ Creed: Keep It to Yourself Judy Peres’s beat is medicine, but her preoccupation is the Middle East. Before coming to the Tribune in 1980 she worked 12 years for the Jerusalem Post, and she describes herself as a “lifelong Zionist.” Last month she violated a canon of American journalism. She did something categorically wrong–meaning […]

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The Whole World Gets Well

Scrap Mettle Soul’s ensemble collage, made up of the personal stories of Uptown/Edgewater residents, asserts that a community’s health is sustained through shared experience–maybe not long-standing family experience (neighborhoods of multigenerational families are increasingly rare), but the experience of waiting for hours in the same emergency room or contributing holiday clothing to the local scarecrow […]

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Spot Check

ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS 5/3, METRO He may have written the theme song to one of the funniest shows on TV (Fox’s King of the Hill), but these days Roger Clyne produces some of the most breathtakingly earnest roots rock since John Mellencamp got rich. The guy leans on his harmonica like an emphysema […]

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Cine Dance 2002

Presented by Performing Arts Chicago, this festival celebrating dance on film runs Friday through Thursday, May 3 through 9, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Tickets are $8, $4 for Film Center members. For more information, call 312-846-2800. FRIDAY, MAY 3 Enter Achilles See Critic’s Choice. (6:15) SATURDAY, MAY 4 Dances by […]

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Places in His Art

Gary Wick always wanted to be an architect, but worked as an architectural draftsman for 35 years, with a little time off for a tour of duty in Vietnam. All those years with somebody else’s blueprints were enough to change his ambition: when he quit his job in 1996, he decided to be a painter. […]

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Waxwings

The Aurora label Bobsled Records has released some fine albums in the past three years–by the Chamber Strings, Velvet Crush, and Adventures in Stereo–but none so unexpected as the Waxwings’ debut, Low to the Ground (2000), a grimy blast of psychedelia and Merseybeat pop charged with the energy of Detroit garage. According to the label’s […]

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Empire of the Strum

The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize By David Cavanagh (Virgin Books) Creation Records began as a modest venture and ballooned into one of the most prosperous rock ‘n’ roll labels in the British Isles. In the late 80s and 90s its roster read like a who’s who of British […]

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Wild in the Streets

It was a warm April evening, much warmer than it should have been, and the sun was coming down slowly over Chicago Avenue. Waiting at Milwaukee for the light to change, I argued with my girlfriend about which way to head on our bikes. “Let’s go west for a change,” she said. “But we haven’t […]