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Jet Lag

Through a series of mishaps, a beautician headed for Acapulco (Juliette Binoche) and a chef en route to Munich (Jean Reno) find themselves sharing a hotel room near Charles de Gaulle International Airport, and in spite of many temperamental differences they fall in love. Director Daniele Thompson collaborated with her son Christopher on the script […]

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Calendar Sidebar

Activity and course prices at the Chicago Botanic Garden can be a little stiff, but here’s a bargain: On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays through October 26, round-trip shuttle bus tickets for a ride between the Garfield Park Conservatory and the garden are a mere $6 ($5 for seniors, $4 for kids 3 through 12). The […]

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Spot Check

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA 6/27 & 28, SKYLINE STAGE Though there’s an actual version of the Dead on the road again, I doubt that the fan base for Chicago’s Dark Star Orchestra will dwindle–after all, not even the Dead can play in more than one place at a time. Besides, this tribute band performs a historical […]

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Jennifer Koh

Born in Glen Ellyn to Korean parents, violinist Jennifer Koh studied early on at the Music Institute of Chicago with Almita and Roland Vamos, the wife-and-husband teaching team that has groomed two generations of string players, including their own sons. She played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 13, began collecting honors shortly after […]

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City File

Going with someone who’s more than 16 years older or younger? According to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s “Research Bulletin” (March), the annual rate of homicides in Chicago from 1965 to 1996 among couples of the same age was 5.25 per 100,000 couples. When the woman was 16 or more years older than the […]

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White Stripes

On Elephant (V2/Third Man) Detroit’s White Stripes continue to blast out their stripped-down antidote to radio’s pop confection and bombast. But viewed against any more substantial background the current saviors of rock ‘n’ roll might not seem like much more than a good singer-guitarist and an impressively workmanlike drummer riding a clever concept. The new […]

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JUNE 27 FRIDAY The Uptown-based youth performance ensemble Kuumba Lynx is sending a delegation to Cuba next month as part of a poetry exchange with a similar group in Havana, but only the adult organizers will actually be making the trip–due to travel restrictions, the kids can’t go. So local filmmaker Max Benitez, who’s currently […]

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Taste of Chicago

In addition to all that food, the Taste of Chicago offers free musical performances on several stages in Grant Park: the Taste Stage (Columbus and Balbo), the Fun Time Stage (Jackson and Michigan), the Fox Bandstand (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), and the Petrillo Music Shell (Columbus and Jackson). The first weekend’s entertainment also includes […]

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Cupid Is as Cupid Does

Cupid Is as Cupid Does, Cupid Players, at ImprovOlympic. In 2000 a group of Second City students discovered that writing songs for their sketch-comedy revue made for more disciplined results than simple gag ‘n’ giggle grab bagging. With Cupid Misfires His Eros, a concept was born. To an even greater extent, Cupid Is as Cupid […]

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The Straight Dope

During World War II, not long after Germany attacked the Soviet Union, a Soviet general (Vlasow?) and his entire army deserted to the German side and fought with the Nazis against the Allies. After Germany surrendered, the general and his army requested asylum, knowing they faced certain death if they were delivered up to Stalin. […]