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Films by Robert Beavers

The Films of Robert Beavers, praised by critics Ken Kelman and P. Adams Sitney for their “lapidary quality,” have been shown throughout North America and Europe, but never in Chicago–so this screening is not just welcome but overdue. Like his late companion, Gregory J. Markopoulos, Beavers is one of the great purists of cinema, building […]

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Neal Pollack: Shut Up!

To the editors: While Neal Pollack may be uninterested in hearing what anyone other than himself thinks about the upcoming attack on Iraq (“Everybody Shut Up!” February 28), he should remember that however smug, self-righteous, and lacking in originality some of the pundits and so-called “poets” may be, they nonetheless do speak for a lot […]

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Datebook

MARCH 7 FRIDAY “One cultural implication of having gender segregation in sports is that it reaffirms the stereotype that all men and all boys are inherently better athletes than all women and all girls,” says Sarah Fields, assistant professor in physical education and sport studies at the University of Georgia in Athens. “When you have […]

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Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls

The Rebel Souls, led by drummer Ted Sirota, play all around Chicago all the time–just not together. The quintet is made up of several of the city’s most provocative young jazzmen, including its newest addition, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and guitarist Jeff Parker, who’s lent his porous tone and discrete phrasing to groups as varied as […]

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Timothy Blum

When I first went to see Timothy Blum’s re-creations of familiar objects and icons I expected an overt critique of our material surroundings. Instead his meanings were opaque–but that allowed me to feel a sense of wonder. Eye of the Needle is a life-size rendition of R.J. Reynolds’s cigarette-box camel, with a skin made of […]

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Mouths of Babes

Dear Reader– You got several letters from people who had a problem with the criticism of the Catholic Church in a few strips of your “La Petite Camera” cartoon [June 21]. I predict that none of these people will write in again to object to the blatant homophobia in the “Ernie Pook” strip in your […]

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The Straight Dope

During coverage of the recent Columbia space shuttle tragedy, the subject of the importance of conducting medical experiments in space came up. How does performing experiments in zero gravity aid in scientific and medical research? –theremin Good question. But in light of the Columbia disaster, we should broaden it a bit: Why the hell are […]

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Spot Check

RILO KILEY 3/7, SCHUBAS Saddle Creek’s getting pretty broad-minded in its old age: new signees Rilo Kiley aren’t from Omaha or even the midwest, but from Los Angeles, of all places. Still, there’s no El Lay glitz on their second album, The Execution of All Things–this is diffident indie pop with the occasional organ line […]

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Robert Moses’s Kin

San Francisco choreographer Robert Moses has a strong feeling for music. The rocking motions of his ritualistic Lucifer’s Prance echo the repetitions of the score, excerpts from Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, and the crossing lines of dancers in this piece for ten recapitulate Glass’s counterpoint. In a visual and aural joke, when bells ring two women […]

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Calendar

Friday 3/7 – Thursday 3/13 MARCH 7 FRIDAY “One cultural implication of having gender segregation in sports is that it reaffirms the stereotype that all men and all boys are inherently better athletes than all women and all girls,” says Sarah Fields, assistant professor in physical education and sport studies at the University of Georgia […]

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe, City Lit Theater Company. Director Kevin Theis is true to every tone in Moliere’s 1664 masterwork, treating it not as the tragedy it threatens to become but as the comedy it must be. In this expose of a religious hypocrite, Tartuffe blares his sins to the world, perversely flourishing on exposure. But while he […]

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Nicolai Dunger

Since the late-80s heyday of bands like the Nomads and Union Carbide Productions, the Swedes have been quick to remind us that rock sounds best at its most primal and unadorned. But though the Hives, Division of Laura Lee, and Sahara Hotnights are continuing that tradition, there’s more to Swedish rock than Stooges adulation, as […]