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Cheika Remitti, Sahraoui

Although Islamic fundamentalism didn’t really take hold in Algeria until the late 80s, Cheikha Remitti’s music has been causing controversy there since at least the 1950s. In ’54 she recorded an unambiguous assault on the virtues of female virginity titled “Charrag, Gattaa” (“Tear, Lacerate”)–which would’ve been a bold move in the U.S. at the time–and […]

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Issa Bagayogo

The music of Mali runs on hypnotic circular riffs–whether played on guitar, the harplike kora, or the oblong lute called the ngoni. These bluesy, repetitive grooves theoretically make an easy fit with electronic dance rhythms, but that doesn’t mean the marriage always works in practice. Club remixes of Malian artists like Nahawa Doumbia and Lobi […]

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Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

Since Taste of Chicago isn’t wrapping up until Sunday, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus have transplanted tomorrow’s concert to a north-side church. Good thing, too: the sole work on the program, Haydn’s monumental oratorio The Creation, deserves a setting free from festival din–and the audience is sure to appreciate the opportunity to focus on […]

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Offspring of the Cold War

Offspring of the Cold War, Walkabout Theater Company, at TimeLine Theatre Company. A neighbor, Miranda, knocks on slacker Marcus’s door at seven in the morning, proffering the flimsiest of excuses. The two chat about their odd families while eating pomegranates–the only food Marcus has–until they discover that donning certain items of antique clothing from Marcus’s […]

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Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern

The invigorating tenor saxist Eric Alexander has been including pianist Harold Mabern in his groups since his debut recording, the 1992 Delmark release Straight Up. The May-December pair first met as student and teacher–the saxophonist studied with Mabern at William Paterson University in New Jersey–and they appear together on Alexander’s terrific new Summit Meeting (Milestone), […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts BBI Sun 7/14, 5 PM, Mitchell Park, Wilmot & Hazel, Deerfield. 847-945-0650. BLACKALICIOUS See Critic’s Choice; all-ages show. Thu 7/11, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212. BRAN (. . .) POS, COMPOMICRO-DEXALL, ILLUSION OF SAFETY, COEURL, VERTONEN See Critic’s Choice. Sat 7/6, 9 PM, Deadtech, 3321 W. […]

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One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show

One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Playwright Don Evans has a canny ear for humor of the “too true” variety. The characters in this vibrant comedy are instantly recognizable and their foibles easy to relate to. Those too young to appreciate the problems facing a randy middle-aged preacher and his prim […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The Washington Post reported last month that in Sao Paulo, Brazil–where the murder rate is eight times that of New York City and the huge disparity in wealth has divided the populace into the fabulously rich and the appallingly poor–the one million wealthiest residents occupy 300 gated communities, one of which, called Alphaville, […]

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Les destinees

Jacques Charonne’s novel Les destinees sentimentales follows a Protestant minister turned factory owner over the first three decades of the 20th century, and one suspects that director Olivier Assayas (Cold Water, Irma Vep, and Late August, Early September) was attracted to the material partly as a way of exploring his own Protestant roots. The hero […]

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Letters Not About Love

A key Russian formalist text, Viktor Shklovsky’s remarkable novel Zoo, or Letters Not About Love (1923) was based on a correspondence between the author and fellow expatriate Elsa Triolet, which ensued after Triolet asked him not to write her love letters and he responded with many different kinds of lyrical sublimation. For this beautifully composed […]