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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Composer John Adams, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for music, started out as something of a copycat minimalist. But eventually he arrived at a confident style of his own, integrating an expansive sense of harmony reminiscent of late Romanticism and the simple lyricism of American folk songs with minimalism’s driven rhythmic patterns. He’s as […]

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You Can Do It

This [“Blowing Smoke,” May 23] was an excellent article and should be read by every smoker as well as every nonsmoker trying to get a smoker to quit. As a nurse who has been providing smoking cessation services for 18 years, I know firsthand what an incredible addiction this is. I would love the opportunity […]

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Zephyr Dances

Last year, Zephyr artistic director Michelle Kranicke and associate director Emily Stein made a dance, Broken Time, about war widows and the process of rebuilding after a war. This year, they’ve gone for the abstract. Kranicke says that The Rhythm of Irreversible Direction addresses “flowing things, time and light” and that it was inspired by […]

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Spot Check

M.O.T.O. 6/6, BEAT KITCHEN No disrespect to the Beat Kitchen, but after more than ten years as a Chicago institution, M.O.T.O. deserves to hold a release party for its 17th album, Kill M.O.T.O. (Criminal I.Q.), in a much bigger venue. Sometimes when I’m making coffee or cleaning up something the cats knocked over, I think […]

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The Audition

The Audition, North Lakeside Players, at the North Lakeside Cultural Center. Frank Farrell’s high-concept show begins with an “audition” at an unnamed theater attended by its “board of advisers”–us. A blase director and his eager-beaver assistant scrutinize four actors who recite monologues, then further demonstrate their range by adapting their speeches to audience suggestions, collected […]

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Posterity’s Loss

Chicago is a city that is very proud of its blues music heritage, so much so that our unofficial anthem is the blues tune “Sweet Home Chicago.” Our tourist and convention trade guides thousands of travelers to our several blues clubs and through several blues-themed business meetings. As a local cameraman, I shoot plenty of […]

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Collected Stories

Collected Stories, Piven Theatre. Piven’s compact space gives us fly-on-the-wall access to the changing relationship between an acclaimed author and her protegee. The action, which takes place in six scenes over eight years, follows a graceful arc as the sycophantic novice ascends and her mentor declines into old age and infirmity. Playwright Donald Margulies infuses […]

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Patti Austin

Patti Austin’s 2003 Grammy nomination raised a few eyebrows, not because she lacks skill or power as a vocalist but because it came in the jazz category–and Austin has had a successful career as a Motown-influenced pop singer, best known for the 1981 hit “Baby Come to Me.” Perhaps the only unraised eyebrows belonged to […]

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Printers Row Book Fair

The 19th annual Printers Row Book Fair will gather nearly 200 exhibitors, including booksellers, publishers, and literary arts organizations, outdoors on Dearborn between Congress and Polk. In addition to the new, used, and collectible offerings, the fair features dozens of readings and book signings by local and national authors, panel discussions, performances, and children’s activies; […]

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Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo maintain such a steady calm on their 12th album, Summer Sun (Matador), that to unforgiving ears they might sound comatose. Ballads are whispered and float by like leaves on a lazy river. But to me this seems like the flip side of Ira Kaplan’s notorious onstage freak-outs on guitar (he bobs like […]