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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AMERICAN ENGLISH Beatles tribute concert. Fri 10/4, 8 PM, Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg. 847-895-3600. AMERICAN MUSIC DRIVEWAY TOUR Jay Mathes and other artists perform in local driveways and parking lots through mid-October. Fri 9/27, La Spiaza, 114 N. Main, Wheaton. Sat 9/28, 7 PM (with Something […]

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Guys

Guys, Grounded Theatre, at Chicago Actors Studio. Gar! Batten the hatches; here be the worst show I’ve seen in a year. The blame falls first on David Lightner, who’s served up the lifeless lines and tired scenario: Eddie (John Anthony Schultz), whose only fault is being a loser jerk, grapples with a troubled marriage–until Big […]

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Barbara Sfraga

Barbara Sfraga’s only disc so far, 1998’s Oh, What a Thrill (Naxos), is a remarkable display of versatility. Her slow-dance simmer on “Great Balls of Fire” pegs her as a neatly updated throwback to old-time torch singers and blues-belting mamas, and her warm, round contralto projects an earthy, enveloping sexuality on Rodgers and Hart’s “I […]

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Dance Critics

Anablep & Other Oddities Monkeyhouse at Link’s Hall, September 19-21 Entwined Ameba at Belle Plaine Studio, through September 29 Monkeyhouse offers two things every avant-garde dance group–every performance troupe, for that matter–could use: a sense of humor and a point of view. These coupled with the dancers’ considerable skill make for a funny, thought-provoking, thoroughly […]

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Promising Start

Hellhound on My Trail Viaduct Theater Novelist, poet, screenwriter, and essayist Denis Johnson has developed a cultish following over the past two decades for his exacting portraits of malevolence, zealotry, lovelessness, addiction, and redemption. Four years ago, at age 49, he sat down to write his first play, Hellhound on My Trail. Recently he couldn’t […]

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Betting on Shadowfax

Jeffrey Solberg thinks Naperville’s ready for some resident professional theater. “There’s a population of 138,000, high income and education levels, and a downtown core with restaurants and clubs,” he says. “It’s a microcosm of Chicago out here.” Solberg, a Des Plaines native who produced a half dozen off- and off-off-Broadway shows in New York in […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Earlier this month in Los Angeles the brand-new earthquake-proof Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was dedicated; features of the 12-story, $190 million edifice include not only a gift shop ($24.99 for a bottle of the house chardonnay), an ATM, and a $12-a-day parking garage but a number of private subterranean crypts–for […]

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Sharon Lewis

Sharon Lewis sang in church growing up in Fort Worth, and as a teenager in the late 60s she idolized Tina Turner. But she didn’t consider a music career until 1992, when she performed in a faculty and staff revue at Northwestern University. Inspired by the praise she received, Lewis auditioned with local bands; her […]

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Bloody Bess

Bloody Bess, Red Hen Productions. This 1974 melodrama puts a women’s-lib spin on the Errol Flynn/Tyrone Power swashbuckler, a spin startling in its time. Conceived by Stuart Gordon and scripted by William J. Norris and John Ostrander, it tells how aristocratic Elizabeth Presberty is taken hostage by pirates and then becomes their leader–Bloody Bess, scourge […]

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Jazzanova, Koop

Nu jazz is the new acid jazz. Like the catchall coinage that preceded it, nu jazz covers everything from French jazz-house outfit St. Germain to veteran Chicago jazz-folk singer Terry Callier, but the group most representative of its sound is the six-member Berlin squad Jazzanova. They make chilled-out club-oriented stuff kissed by Fender Rhodes snippets […]