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The Girl Who Knew Too Much

When this 1963 mystery by Italian horror master Mario Bava first hit the U.S. it had been worked over pretty heavily by American International Pictures, which retitled it The Evil Eye and readied it for the drive-in crowd by dubbing over all the marijuana references, adding some comic scenes, and replacing Roberto Nicolosi’s eerie jazz […]

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Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Signed, Sealed and Delivered, at WNEP Theater, through January 31. For a trained magician, Matt Lash is awfully clumsy at removing his clothes. But that’s the point in this parody of illusionist extravaganzas, quiz shows, stunt shows, kiddie TV, and multimedia performance art. Another target is MTV-style sexuality. The resulting geeky spectacles include a spoken-word […]

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Instant Karma

Instant Karma, ImprovOlympic. Created to showcase Improv-Olympic’s many ensemble members–there are more than 150, divided into 19 teams–Instant Karma jumbles people from different groups together in a long-form improv directed by Jason R. Chin. Jumping off from an audience suggestion, one cast member delivers a short monologue. The other performers then weave the monologue’s themes […]

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Gore Gore Girls

The Gore Gore Girls’ lineup has changed three times since they started out in 1996, but the Detroit band’s commitment to trashy garage rock has remained constant. Named for B-movie king Herschell Gordon Lewis’s 1972 bloodfest (reportedly the admiration is mutual), the Girls were formed by guitarist-songwriter Amy Surdu and now-departed bassist Paula Regalado; their […]

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Teena Marie

When Teena Marie was in her prime there were few other white performers in R & B and none quite as distinctive. She was an independent artist, writing, producing, arranging, and performing her own material in a genre where the hit-factory mentality looms large to this day. Marie signed to Motown in the mid-70s, but […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts DEL SOULS Free in-store performances. Fri 1/10, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1 N. La Grange Rd., La Grange. 708-579-9660. Fri 1/17, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1500 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800. RUSS FORSTER celebrates the release of his documentary about tribute bands, Tributary, with a DVD screening and […]

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Flanagan’s Wake

You don’t have to be Irish (or drunk) to appreciate the shenanigans in Noble Fool’s improvised musical memorial, conceived and directed by Jack Bronis. But you should come prepared to play along. Boisterous as ever in their ninth season, the show’s ale-quaffing villagers pay homage to fallen friend Flanagan with stories and folk tunes based […]

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Stealing the Fire: The Secret Story of Iraq and the Bomb

Producers Eric Nadler (Frontline) and John S. Friedman (Marcel Ophuls’s Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie) collaborated on this gripping 2002 video profile of German technician Karl-Heinz Schaab, a bland and complacent nowhere man convicted in 1999 of having sold Iraq blueprints for a supercentrifuge that would allow the manufacture of fissionable […]

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25th Hour

I consider this Spike Lee’s best feature since Do the Right Thing. Though none of the major characters is black, it’s one of Lee’s most personal and deeply felt works, and the fact that it’s based on someone else’s material–David Benioff’s adaptation of his novel–makes the film all the more impressive. The narrative follows a […]

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Light Heavyweight

Baseball fans know that the problem with a perfect game is that it’s boring. The pitcher has thrown a work of art—no hits, no home runs, no sacrifices, no bottom-of-the-ninth heroics—but the genius is in the details, not the highlight reel. For some critics, that may also be the problem with Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me […]

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Not of Iron

Geoffrey Bates, the curator of this show of five Illinoisans, says their works “shun the glib irony that typifies much recent contemporary art.” Most of these intriguing sculptures and installations–from Yvette Kaiser Smith’s over-the-top resin sculptures to Michael Ferris Jr.’s geometrically patterned busts–serve as a reminder that a lack of irony doesn’t have to mean […]