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Ben Butler

Something’s not quite right with one of the walls in the back room at Zg Gallery. It has molding not only across the top and bottom but over the whole surface–white plaster strips, each with a different design, each tilted a bit off horizontal. And the wall itself leans backward, further unbalancing the patterns. This […]

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Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival: “In Adaptation/Translation”

The second installment of Bailiwick Repertory’s 2003 showcase of emerging directors focuses on new productions based on other sources. (The first segment of the festival, “Chicago Works,” ran in February; a gay- and lesbian-themed series is planned for June.) “In Adaptation/Translation” runs through April 23 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. Performances take […]

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Sports Section

The White Sox returned to town for their home opener last Friday looking very much the snakebit team they’ve been since they were swept by Seattle in the 2000 playoffs–since the 1919 Black Sox scandal, truth be told. Though picked to contend with the Minnesota Twins for the American League Central title this year after […]

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Cafe Society/Us

Cafe Society, A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company, at the Cornservatory, and US, Open Cage Ensemble, at the Cornservatory. If a woman’s too nice, she’s likely to find herself in trouble. That’s what happens in Robert Simonson’s new play when Karen (Amanda White), a program editor for New York’s Lincoln Center, hesitantly agrees to be friends […]

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On Film: the real Humboldt Park

When director Antonio Franceschi approached 26th Ward alderman Billy Ocasio early last summer for help shooting on location in and around Humboldt Park, the alderman needed some convincing. Filmmakers who’d shot in the neighborhood before had more often than not contributed to its image as an impoverished wasteland of hustlers, heroin addicts, and homeless people. […]

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City File

Anthropomorphize this! The spring issue of the state-produced tourism magazine Illinois Now! describes the Shedd Aquarium’s training program for sharks as “the Harvard of fish schools.” It also claims that another fish, “the exhibition’s brightest star,” was adopted by the Shedd after “his previous owner left him in a bucket on the aquarium’s steps.” “Nearly […]

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Spot Check

BOB LOG III, LONESOME ORGANIST 4/11, SUBTERRANEAN Neoblues wild man Bob Log III, a bundle of lascivious stage energy, can do more by his lonesome than most full bands–and with a woman on his lap. On his new Log Bomb (Fat Possum) he sticks to what he’s best at–maniacal slide-driven R & B so lewd […]

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Califone, Brokeback

On Califone’s excellent new album, Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (Thrill Jockey), singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Rutili once again demonstrates a deep understanding of the simple elegance of American folk music; he writes tender, homey blues-soaked songs that sound shopworn yet thoroughly contemporary. His small, bittersweet croak is sewn inextricably into the music–an ever-changing fabric of dried-out string sounds […]

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Civic Orchestra of Chicago

For over eight decades the Civic Orchestra has been the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s training ensemble, recruiting dozens of instrumentalists every year from leading music schools and putting them under the tutelage of CSO musicians and maestros such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Pinchas Zukerman. For next Monday’s concert the guest conductor is Roberto Abbado, […]

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The Colonel Bird

The Colonel Bird, Journeymen, at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church. The timing for this production couldn’t be better. Bulgarian playwright Hristo Boytchev sets his play in a former monastery now used as a psychiatric ward, deep in the Balkan mountains during the Bosnian war. A young doctor is sent to tend to six patients: an […]

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King o’ the Moon

King o’ the Moon, Mercury Theater. In this sequel to Over the Tavern, Tom Dudzick attempts to repeat the trick he pulled off in his popular first play: faithfully re-creating an unfamiliar, long-gone world. But that play is set in 1959, before the pill, Vietnam, and Vatican II, and King o’ the Moon is set […]

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Datebook

APRIL 11 FRIDAY “I was talking to a [bicycle racing] teammate this winter,” says Chicagoland Bicycle Federation program director Randy Warren, “and he said, ‘I really need a bike trainer with rollers.’ I said it’s too bad we don’t have a swap meet here in Chicago, because it’s a good way to get stuff inexpensively.” […]

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Ute Lemper

Even if Ute Lemper weren’t a dazzling vocal technician, a powerful and erotic dancer, and an imaginative and chameleonic actor, the sheer range of her repertoire would set her apart from every other singer working in cabaret, musical theater, and pop. On past recordings she has radically reinterpreted material by European giants like Kurt Weill […]