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Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Broutil & Frothingham Productions, at the Theatre Building Chicago. Alexandra Billings, who made a stunning Chicago stage debut in Charles Busch’s travesty a dozen years ago, now makes her directorial debut in the same show. Paying homage to Charles Ludlam’s theater of the ridiculous, the B-movie plot details the exploits of […]

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Hugo Wolf Song Recital

In 1903 Austrian composer Hugo Wolf died in an asylum at the age of 42, a victim of depression and venereal disease. Despite his early death, Wolf left a rich legacy of over 200 songs, now regarded as a pinnacle of the lied, a genre that fuses music and poetry into dense, nuanced art song. […]

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Repo(session)

From Stephanie Brooks, whose strange song lyrics have been borrowed from nonmusical sources, to Jan Estep, who makes outline drawings of Antarctica, the 12 artists in this show mostly take a playful approach to art making in the age of appropriation. For his whimsical Build Your Own Chicago, Matt Bergstrom made cards printed with the […]

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Kwik Stop

There are so many curves and anomalies in this unpredictable and at times cryptic low-budget independent feature, made by Chicago actor Michael Gilio, that I’m tempted to call it an experimental film masquerading as something more conventional. If it’s a comedy–and I’m not sure it is–there are far too many close-ups, though this is very […]

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Pushin’ Up Roses

Pushin’ Up Roses, Nomenil, at Frankie J’s MethaDome Theatre. Allen Conkle, cofounder of the outrageously campy and depraved Nomenil, recently had a crisis of artistic faith. His main collaborator–Courtney Evans, who wrote most of the company’s scripts with him and then acted the stuffing out of them–moved to Nashville earlier this year. Unsure if he […]

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Improvanov: Anton Chekhov Unscripted

Improvanov: Anton Chekhov Unscripted, Free Associates, at the Royal George Theatre Center. This show’s premise is that Chekhov’s plays can be reduced to five basic elements: a case of unrequited love, an unfulfillable dream, a character with an elaborate philosophy, a disruptive visitor, and an overarching sense of doom. Plug something in for each element, […]

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The Science of Love

The Science of Love, at Noble Fool Theater Company. Husband-and-wife comedy shows are a tricky proposition, based as they are on the premise that an audience will be keenly interested in other people’s love lives. Newlyweds Kristy and Jethro Nolen present a series of scripted sketches and monologues plus improv bits (directed by Jack Bronis) […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts RYAN ADAMS, TEGAN & SARA Sold out. Tue 10/15 and Wed 10/16, 8:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212. JASON AJEMIAN, JOHN KANNENBERG, LOAM, PRESSBOARD, PHILIP VON ZWECK perform as part of the Stasisfield.com showcase. Fri 10/18, 9 PM, Deadtech, 3321 W. Fullerton. 773-395-2844. BECK, FLAMING LIPS Sold […]

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Apples in Stereo

Robert Schneider is great at simulating past musical styles. On the Apples in Stereo’s 1997 album, Tone Soul Evolution, the singer-songwriter-producer fashioned an ornate tribute to 60s orchestral pop, while on 2000’s The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone he streamlined influences from both Todd Rundgren and Sly Stone into a sharp facsimile of […]

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The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite

The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, CollaborAction Theatre Company, at Storefront Theater. Every component of Quincy Long’s 1997 comedy is so obvious it seems there has to be some deeper meaning to the script. You can feel it approaching in the first act, as three drunken out-of-work loggers cut a rambling path through the northern […]

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Five of a Kind

This year’s edition of the Highland Park Historical Society House Tour is a one-man show for a hometown boy. Architect Robert E. Seyfarth was born in Blue Island in 1878, but moved to Highland Park in 1912. Between 1909, when he opened his own office, and his death in 1950, Seyfarth designed 54 Highland Park […]

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Blank Expressions

Scott Short: Full Color Reproduction at Standard, through October 26 William Scarlato: Beyond the Mundane at Wood Street, through October 26 Among those who deny the artist’s traditional role as creator of meaning, few are as thorough and severe as Scott Short. His seven works at Standard are greatly enlarged painted copies of the output […]