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Electric Six

It’s hard not to like a band featuring a bassist named Disco and a guitarist who calls himself the Rock and Roll Indian, and it’s even harder when they’re writing songs this willfully weird and irresistibly catchy. The Detroit quintet Electric Six (Disco, Indian, singer Dick Valentine, drummer M, and guitarist Surge Joebot) started out […]

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It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Cupidity

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Cupidity, Cupid Players, at Theatre Building Chicago. In this musical sketch-comedy show revolving around various people who’ve all rented the same hotel room, the vignettes start off clever and sarcastic but invariably end up sweet and sentimental. A couple carrying on a long-distance relationship by telephone engages in progressively […]

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Spinning Class

“When you tell someone what you did today, you’re telling a story,” says professional storyteller Doug Elliott from his home in North Carolina. “Narrative is the basic structure of our lives. A storyteller is someone who tries to make that narrative interesting.” Usually, he says, that’s done by finding the universality of the story and […]

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Fairy Tales Are Not for Children/Moose Mating

Fairy Tales Are Not for Children, WNEP Theater, and Moose Mating, Aileron Creative, Ltd., and No Waiting Theatre Company, at WNEP Theater. The title is pure overstatement: of course most fairy tales aren’t for children. Grimm’s tales, Heinrich Hoffmann’s Der Struwwelpeter, Christina Rosetti’s “Goblin Market”–these are genuinely terrifying, nightmare-inducing stories. Even Aesop’s fables disseminate their […]

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European Union Film Festival

The sixth annual European Union Film Festival runs Friday, March 7, through Thursday, March 27, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Admission is $8, $4 for Film Center members. For further information call 312-846-2800. The schedule for March 7 through 13 follows; a full festival schedule through March 27 is available on-line […]

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Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

Men showing off: some things don’t change. Gus Giordano’s 1966 Gang Hep, reconstructed for this concert by current artistic director Nan Giordano (his daughter), pays tribute to Jerome Robbins’s 1957 choreography for West Side Story. So we see challenges–playing crack the whip, slapping the floor–as well as handstands and airborne cartwheels. Yet the girls in […]

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Royksopp

Melody A.M. (Wall of Sound/Astralwerks), the debut album from Norwegian producers Torbjorn Brundtland and Svein Berge–aka Royksopp–was issued in Europe in October 2001. But it wasn’t until the album’s gorgeous first single, “Eple” (“Apple”), showed up on the great 2 Many DJ’s mix CD As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 (where it was memorably […]

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Cube

The members of CUBE have good reason to smile these days. First, the spunky new-music collective is turning 15, a milestone for any chamber group operating on a microbudget. Second, its artistic directors, oboist Patricia Morehead and flutist Janice Misurell-Mitchell, were named among the “Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts” by the Tribune, a […]

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Love of Labor/Double Duty

Love of Labor Nobody who knows the Chicago Tribune only by its reputation will be shocked to learn that the Tribune’s labor reporting was recently judged antiunion. According to a new study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Tribune’s “anti-working class bias hampers the newspaper’s reporters and editors’ efforts to more accurately […]

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World Set Free

World Set Free, Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Given the current winds of war, Bryn Magnus’s play for Steppenwolf’s Arts Exchange program is presciently timed. It depicts the secret effort by University of Chicago scientists in the spring of 1942 to produce the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction–the embryo of the atom bomb. World Set Free underscores […]