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City File

Scofflaw prosecutor. A February 26 press release from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform notes that the 2002 Republican candidate for state attorney general, Du Page County state’s attorney Joe Birkett, failed to report the employer and occupation for 31 percent of the donors to his unsuccessful campaign, though that’s what state law requires. The […]

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Small Beauties

Peter Doig at the Arts Club of Chicago, through April 12 We’ve been hearing a lot lately that “beauty” has been returning to art. The word is so overused it conveys little meaning, yet I can’t help saying that Peter Doig’s 12 paintings and 15 works on paper at the Arts Club are among the […]

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On Exhibit: exquisite artifacts from the roof of the world

“The purpose of this show is to establish a benchmark for what are the finest, most beautiful objects of Himalayan art,” says Pratapaditya Pal, the visiting curator who developed the Art Institute’s new exhibit, “Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure.” Including 187 mostly religious pieces from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and northern India, the show is […]

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Chicago Moving Company

Sometimes a choreographer’s physical circumstances dictate what we see onstage. CMC coartistic director Cindy Brandle was in the midst of a difficult pregnancy and confined to bed rest when she began creating her new Uncertainties of Life. So she sat in a chair to make this piece for six women, which she says is about […]

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Savage Love

I am a 15-year-old kid who lacks self-esteem, self-confidence, and just plain good looks. I’ve spent my entire life without a kiss from a girl, and even spent a year thinking I was in love with my sister. My right hand is in extreme pain from the amount of whacking I do, and I’m looking […]

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Michael Paxton

For nearly a decade Chicago artist Michael Paxton has made paintings and drawings that refer to people, animals, and objects in Appalachia, where he grew up. These images, with their sepia-toned backgrounds and clouded, sketchlike quality, suggest ephemeral memories and open-ended narratives. Last summer Paxton went back to West Virginia to stay with his ailing […]

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APRIL 4 FRIDAY Susan Etcoff-Fraerman’s “Bound for Glory” is a series of 15 shoes the Highland Park artist created with beads and vintage wooden lasts. Etcoff-Fraerman says she works “intuitively, without a pattern.” Using glass seed beads from Japan and the Czech and Slovak republics, she formed a “second skin” around each last by stitching […]

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Seagull, Redmoon Theater, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Last summer in Humboldt Park, Redmoon staged the first of three versions of The Seagull, using vaudevillian clowning instead of words to convey Chekhov’s story of ceaseless longing. The disappointing result, Nina, lacked nuance and depth but was visually stimulating. This second take uses the same actors in […]

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The Delgados had a tough time making their third record, The Great Eastern. The Glasgow band spent six frustrating weeks of 2000 in a British studio; fed up, they sent bassist Stewart Henderson and drummer Paul Savage to upstate New York to whip the recordings into shape with producer Dave Fridmann, who’s most famously worked […]