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God and Country

God and Country, Victory Gardens Theater. These days Sophocles’ Antigone is a hard sell. One of the most shocking aspects of the story for fifth-century BC Athenians was that Antigone was punished by King Creon for burying her brother and not, as was considered proper, turned over to her fiance, Creon’s son. The tragedy also […]

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Sites Unseen

Although he never invites them inside, Baki Dazdarevic enjoys the steady stream of visitors who come to get a look at his front yard. They come day and night, he says, “sometimes 10, 11 o’clock in the evening. Two ladies, they visited from Arizona and wrote to ask me for pictures of the house. Another […]

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Holiday

Holiday, Remy Bumppo, at Victory Gardens Theater. Few theatrical tasks could be more daunting than re-creating a beloved George Cukor movie starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. But director James Bohnen and company measure up with this graceful rendition of Philip Barry’s 1928 romance about anomie among the privileged. Though we yearn to think rich […]

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City File

“I recently heard two priests, Joseph Fessio, S.J., and John McCloskey (spokesperson for Opus Dei), say that if the Church changes the teaching on contraception, it will cease to exist,” writes Garry Wills in the New York Review of Books (December 5). “Just think–all the original and saving truths of the Church (creation, incarnation, resurrection, […]

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Slumber Party

Last time Slumber Party were in town some meatheads in the audience started singing the words to “Vacation” by the Go-Go’s to the dames’ own songs. It was rude but not entirely off base–their songs are reminiscent of almost any simple pop tune. Yet Slumber Party bring a listless gravitas to the melodies that makes […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ALUMINUM GROUP Free in-store performance. Wed 12/11, 12:30 PM, Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750. PEABO BRYSON, JODY WATLEY, JON SECADA, OLETA ADAMS Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212. C5 New works by members of the Columbia College Chicago […]

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Joey DiFrancesco

The jazz organ trio has undergone a revival in recent years, thanks mainly to the contributions of three different types of musicians: surviving veterans from the soul-jazz 60s, acid-jazz keyboardists (notably John Medeski) influenced by the old stuff, and modern players like Larry Goldings and Sam Yahel who take a sly, cool approach to the […]

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One Big Happy

The Spitfire Grill Apple Tree Theatre I live less than a mile from the house where I was born, send my kids to the same public schools I attended, and run into old high school–kindergarten!–friends on a regular basis. So I guess I know what it means to belong to a particular place. My wife […]

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Movieside Film Festival

The monthly “Movieside” series–named for its original venue, the Fireside Bowl–celebrates its one-year anniversary with this three-day festival, which includes 42 short films and videos plus a feature by guest emcee John Waters. Screenings are at the Biograph and at Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 at the door, […]

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Dillinger Escape Plan

It was this New Jersey quintet’s high-volume, high-velocity brutality that initially clobbered me, but the real shock is how constantly their brand of metal shifts gears. It lurches, staggers, and sprints like a BattleBot gone haywire as the musicians barrel through changes in tempo, tonality, and density with startling precision. Guitarists Ben Weinman and Brian […]

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A Different Reading

In reference to a recent interview with disenfranchised librarians [“Reading Is Incidental,” November 15] and recent editorial reply [Letters, November 22]: I will try to be brief. We’ve had numerous commissioners over the past 20-plus years that I have been a librarian for CPL. Mary Dempsey, though not without political ambition, has at least pursued […]