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Jump Rhythm Jazz Project

A determined buoyancy informs the choreography of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project artistic director Billy Siegenfeld. One of the four new pieces on these programs, I Hear Music, is a tap and scat-singing musical tour de force–there’s no recorded or live accompaniment–that’s lighthearted overall but also has some emotional texture. Intoning snatches of songs by Frank […]

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Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Jon Langford has a band for every occasion, and in the past he’s used the Pine Valley Cosmonauts as a vehicle to pay homage to country greats Johnny Cash and Bob Wills. On 1998’s The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills he enlisted a raft of guest vocalists–including Robbie Fulks, Jimmie Dale […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ABSTRACT GIANTS perform as part of the free music and poetry series “Voices of a New Black Millennium.” Wed 6/5, 8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000. AC ROCK Free admission. Sun 6/9, 1:30 PM, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood, Des Plaines. 847-376-2787 or 847-376-2839. […]

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Days of Wine and Roses

Days of Wine and Roses, Keyhole Players, at the Athenaeum Theatre. “Drinking was the whole basis of your relationship,” an AA counselor tells Joe Clay, whose insecure, nonsober wife perceives his newfound sobriety as a rejection of their life together. The problem is that drinking must also be the basis of our relationship with them, […]

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A LIttle Friendly Persuasion

Wednesday, April 17, was Arts Advocacy Day in Illinois. I hope yours was pleasant. I celebrated in the traditional manner. As president of a small advocacy group called the Evanston Performing Arts Coalition (EPAC), I traveled down to Springfield to lobby my elected representatives for more money for the Illinois Arts Council–the state agency charged […]

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Wind Across the Everglades

A kind of litmus test for auteurists, this philosophical adventure story set in turn-of-the-century Florida (1958, 93 min.) was Nicholas Ray’s penultimate Hollywood assignment, though he was fired before the end of shooting and barred from the final editing by screenwriter Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront, A Face in the Crowd), who produced the film […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Last month Daniel Hannant, pitcher for the Pittsfield High School baseball team, filed a lawsuit against the makers of Louisville Sluggers after being hit in the head by a line drive, arguing that the company’s aluminum bats are “unreasonably dangerous” to pitchers because they’re designed to hit baseballs very, very hard. Earlier this […]

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Talley’s Folly

Talley’s Folly, Northlight Theatre. If ever a show enlisted the audience as unseen matchmakers, it’s Lanford Wilson’s 1980 Pulitzer winner, an offbeat romance between two opposites. There’s a seemingly unbridgeable gulf between Matt Friedman, an optimistic middle-aged Jewish accountant from Saint Louis, and Sally Talley, a 31-year-old WASP who nurses soldiers back to health and […]