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20, Bailiwick Repertory. Director Stephen Rader wanted to explore the diversity–and similarity–of gay men in Chicago, so he polled them about their experiences. The result is 20 (a title taken from the game 20 Questions), a sometimes entertaining and funny, sometimes frustrating and shallow documentary-style show that uses the respondents’ own words to illuminate absolutely […]

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Fillet of Solo Festival

Live Bait Theater’s showcase of one-person performances features old and new work by a slew of fringe artists, among them Stephanie Shaw, Lotti Pharriss, David Kodeski, Mark Gagne, Judith Harding, Karin McKie, and Kristin Garrison. The festival climaxes with a salute to the late James Grigsby, whose solo show Terminal Madness was Live Bait’s first […]

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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XIV

The 2002 edition of the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company’s annual marathon showcase of emerging talent features a slew of local fringe theater and performance companies and solo artists. The Abbie fest was founded in 1989 to honor the late anarchist author of Woodstock Nation and to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. “Abbie […]

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Two literary scholars (Aaron Eckhart and Gwyneth Paltrow) doing research in England on separate Victorian poets jointly discover that these poets–one of them married (Jeremy Northam), the other a lesbian (Jennifer Ehle) with a live-in lover–may have had a secret affair. While chasing after clues, the scholars develop a possible relationship of their own. Oscillating […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AC ROCK Fri 8/23, 7:30 PM, Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome. 773-973-0007. AMBER, AUBREY, FIORI, GEORGIE PORGIE, IAN VAN DAHL, LASOO, LUCRE PARTA, SHERRIE LEA perform at Energy Blast 2002. Sat 8/24, 8 PM, Odeum, 1033 N. Villa, Villa Park. 630-941-9292 or 312-559-1212. TONY BENNETT Fri 8/16, 8 PM, Pavilion, […]

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Abstraction’s Other Voice

This exhibit, the first in a series focusing on “women painters dealing with abstraction,” includes three paintings by Chicago-area native Caroline Peters–two of them airy, almost lyrical combinations of inspired lines and translucent paint smears. Double Brink centers on a wheellike shape, with charcoal lines for the spokes and washes of acrylic around the rim. […]

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Dance Moves: butoh’s slow-motion rush

For last year’s performance of City/Escape, the members of Marianne Kim’s butoh-inspired dance workshop alternately crept and sprinted east down Randolph Street from the Chicago Cultural Center to Daley Bicentennial Plaza. Wearing red thrift-store costumes and white body paint and twisting themselves into contorted shapes, the dancers were accompanied by Kim, who carried a boom […]

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Detroit Grand Pubahs

The Detroit Grand Pubahs are big fans of the good old-fashioned booty hump–it’s mentioned in almost every song on their most recent CD, Funk All Y’all (Jive Electro). “Sandwiches,” the single that electro DJs played nearly incessantly last year, is the same sort of infectious, sleazy, astoundingly simple techno-funk as Cajmere’s “Coffee Pot (It’s Time […]

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Since leaving Autoclave–the short-lived but excellent DC art-pop quartet that also gave the world Mary Timony–in 1991, guitarist Christina Billotte has favored music that’s rougher and creepier. She made two albums of disheveled but catchy punk rock streaked with horror-flick imagery with Slant 6; her current group is Quix*o*tic, a trio with her sister Mira […]