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Datebook

FEBRUARY 7 FRIDAY Cantes de ida y vuelta, or “round-trip songs,” are a type of flamenco that dates to the early 20th century, when traveling Spanish musicians brought new ideas back from places like Cuba and South America. Though purists dismissed the variant as inauthentic, the original flamenco, developed by 16th-century Gypsies in southern Spain, […]

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Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival: “Chicago Works”

The 2003 edition of Bailiwick Repertory’s annual showcase of emerging directors has been spread out over three installments: “Chicago Works,” running through February 11; “In Adaptation/Translation” in April; and a gay- and lesbian-themed series in June. The “Chicago Works” portion, listed here, features ten short plays organized into programs of three or four plays each; […]

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It’s a D.C. Thing

The Pocket: The DC Go-Go Movement Directed by Nicholas Shumaker and Michael Cahill From Madchester to Miami Bass, regional scenes have a way of drying up once their mass appeal has subsided. Folks outside the beltway might imagine that go-go–the funk variant birthed in Washington, D.C., that seemed poised to cross over nationally in the […]

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The Straight Dope

Has anyone ever bothered to seriously check the claims of TV producer Chuck Barris in his book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to see if he’s a fraud or not? Also, could you personally investigate his claims? (I think he’s a fraud, but I don’t have the time to investigate myself.) –Russell, Sacramento, CA Ah, […]

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Chicago Cabaret Convention

This second annual cabaret showcase hosted by the New York-based Mabel Mercer Foundation kicks off Friday, February 14, with a sold-out black-tie gala at the Palmer House’s Empire Room and continues with four concerts at the Park West through Monday, February 17. This schedule includes auxiliary programs at Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret and Maxim’s, […]

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Jason Roebke’s Rapid Croche

Until a couple years ago, Jason Roebke had a fadeaway problem. He’d be thwacking along in the thick of the action, then abruptly drift off into private, whispered consultation with his bass. But his improvised showdowns with various partners at last summer’s Vancouver Jazz Festival appear to have been a watershed, and Tigersmilk (Family Vineyard), […]

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Calendar

Friday 2/7 – Thursday 2/13 FEBRUARY 7 FRIDAY Cantes de ida y vuelta, or “round-trip songs,” are a type of flamenco that dates to the early 20th century, when traveling Spanish musicians brought new ideas back from places like Cuba and South America. Though purists dismissed the variant as inauthentic, the original flamenco, developed by […]

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The Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour, State Two Theatre Company, at Estonian House. Lillian Hellman said that her 1934 play about a witch-hunt at an exclusive girls’ boarding school “really was not a play about lesbianism, but about a lie.” Unfortunately director Alison Henderson takes her at her word (though theatergoers at the time didn’t: the play was […]

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Shaolin Monks

The Shaolin Temple, deep in the Shaoshi Mountains of central China, was erected in 495 AD by order of an emperor to house a Buddhist monk from India. Almost a century later it became the cradle of Zen Buddhism when another visiting monk-scholar, Bodhidharma, brought with him from India a reverence for nature and contemplation. […]

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The Exonerated

This chamber-theater docudrama depicts the harrowing and transformative experiences of six people sentenced to death for murders they didn’t commit–men and women who lost years on death row before new evidence (DNA, a confession from the real killer) set them free. Given the intense nature of the material–tales of psychological and physical brutalization at the […]

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The Show

The Show, Redneck Surfers Productions, at ImprovOlympic. If you want to see The Show, you’ll have to brave Wrigleyville at midnight on a Saturday. Which means bad traffic, heavy crowds, vomitty sidewalks, gibbering beggars, and the possibility that you’ll find yourself–as I did–sitting near some loudmouthed fools who don’t know enough to stay off their […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AIR SUPPLY Sat 2/15, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212. ANTJE Free concert. Sat 2/15, 6 PM, Art Gallery Kafe, 1907 N. Milwaukee. 773-235-2351. LISA ASHER, JUDY BARNETT, ANNA BERGMAN, DINA JOY BYRD, BRIAN DELORENZO, NAN MASON, AUDREY MORRIS, DENISE PERRIER, JULIE REYBURN, […]