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South Pacific

South Pacific, Bog Theatre, at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein fuel the seemingly inevitable action in this noble “musical play” with very human impulses: to survive, to love, to make a difference. Four lovers never far from death even in the outlying islands of the Pacific theater live for the moment. […]

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Zbigniew Karkowski

Like a shark, Zbigniew Karkowski is always on the move. The 45-year-old Tokyo resident has lived in five countries since leaving his native Poland in 1979, worked with collaborators spanning the noise spectrum from inaudible (Francisco Lopez) to annihilating (Merzbow), and used sound sources as diverse as a Japanese temple’s wooden floor and the Gothenburg […]

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Somos Gringos Malos, Somos Diablos Blancos (We Are Bad Gringos, We Are White Devils)

Somos Gringos Malos, Somos Diablos Blancos (We Are Bad Gringos, We Are White Devils), Half Cocked Productions, at the Space. In writer-director Arik Martin’s plays, the characters become more insightful when reality threatens to burst at the seams. His latest work–a gritty tale of seven escaped convicts hiding out in a villa just across the […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts DJ A.L.I.A.S., LEVLHED, DJ PAUL LEATH, VJ DUBMOTION, MER(KA:BA)LAH, A VERY SENSITIVE DEVICE perform at the AVIT North America 2003 VJ Conference and Visuals Festival pre-party and artist reception. Fri 6/6, 8 PM, Buddy, 1542 N. Milwaukee. 773-342-7332. JOHN AMICO Free in-store performance. Sat 6/7, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, […]

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Last Dance

Video by Mirra Bank documents the stormy but productive collaboration between Pilobolus Dance Theatre, an experimental company that choreographs its works through improvisation, and children’s author Maurice Sendak

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Happy Days

Happy Days, Hypocrites, at Stage Left Theatre. Hypocrites founder and director Sean Graney excels at creating vivid, satisfying productions of experimental plays popular a generation or more ago, like Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros and Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Counterpointing cartoonish comic acting with moments of pure emotion, Graney makes up for the flaws in works full of […]

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Ravinder Reddy

Blending Indian religious art and popular culture, Ravinder Reddy creates sculptures the New York Times has called “kitsch for the ages.” In his first one-person show here, he uses industrial paint on fiberglass to evoke some of the paradoxes of this blending: his six large female heads are imposing, humorous, cheerful–and a bit frightening. Some […]

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Shouts and Murmurs

Ihaven’t attended the Cannes film festival in five years, but one thing that keeps it fascinating from a distance is the ideological tension that gets exposed there. The Americans display a sense of entitlement, which tends to irritate representatives of other countries. And the conflict is played out in the form of rants from both […]

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Hawnay Troof

After four years of breaking their instruments (and their bones) onstage, teen spaz band XBXRX called it quits in March 2002, when the bassist joined the navy in a failed attempt to impress a girl. (The group’s re-formed since with Weasel Walter, aka the Old Guy With the Credit Card, on drums.) During that downtime, […]