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Drive-By Truckers

When it comes to southern culture, Drive-By Truckers’ singer-guitarist Patterson Hood loves nothing more than to boot a sleeping dog square in the ass. On the Athens band’s last outing, Southern Rock Opera–a brilliant, lumbering survey of life below the Mason-Dixon line disguised as a celebration of Lynyrd Skynyrd–Hood exhumed Alabama governor George Wallace in […]

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Changes of Heart

Changes of Heart, Janus Theatre, at North School Park amphitheater. This 1723 Marivaux comedy offers a test of devotion in the face of adversity and temptation. Silvia, true love of Harlequin, is kidnapped by the Prince, who uses a network of clever servants and relatives to try to trick the young maiden into falling for […]

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The Women

The Women, Headstrong Productions, Ltd., at American Theater Company. When Headstrong staged this play in 2000, its cramped storefront space made for a rather staid interpretation of Clare Boothe Luce’s 1937 classic. But the expansive American Theater Company quarters allow abundant room to wield Dior gowns undergirded by ten-yard crinolines and to engage in a […]

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Pernice Brothers, Warren Zanes

Joe Pernice spent the mid-90s fronting the much acclaimed Scud Mountain Boys, but I forgive him. He was young, all the other kids were doing the alt-country thing, and maybe he needed to purge the dourness from his system before pursuing something more worthwhile. Since he re-formed the Pernice Brothers in ’97 (he and brother […]

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Layerless

Close Your Eyes Pyewacket at the Chopin Theatre In the opening shot of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, the camera pans down from a perfect blue sky to reveal perfect red roses before a perfect white picket fence. A fire truck glides by dreamily, almost in slow motion, with a friendly fireman standing on the running […]

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Fratricide

Fratricide, Reuptake Inhibiting Productions, at WNEP Theater. In Zadie Smith’s novel The Autograph Man, protagonist Alex-Li Tandem devotes his wasted life in part to determining whether a giant list of things are goyish or Jewish according to a set of rules devised by Lenny Bruce. Writer Homer Marrs could probably spend a lifetime devising a […]

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Pine Vally Cosmonauts

The Matrix Reloaded, Terminator 3, Dumb and Dumberer, and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts’ The Executioner’s Last Songs Vol. 2 and 3 (Bloodshot); it’s summertime, and even in music the sequel is king. Fortunately this set, which has a higher hit-to-miss ratio than its 2002 predecessor, violates the law of diminishing returns that usually applies. Welsh-born […]

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Datebook

JULY 18 FRIDAY The 24 garments in Sean Sorensen’s piece American Burqa include a rubber fetish burqa, a Hawaiian print burqa, and an “I Love New York” burqa, plus burqas made of denim and camouflage cloth. They’re on display as part of the group show Politics as Usual, which opens today. Among the works by […]

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You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, One Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Director Joshua Solomon and his young cast deliver a clean, simple staging of the 1999 revision of Clark M. Gesner’s musical based on Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts. The updated book and score include two new songs by Andrew Lippa, among them “My […]

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Good Columnists Take Requests

As one who no longer reads the Sun-Times, I can’t speak to recent columns by Mark Brown [Hot Type, July 11]. After 9/11 he wrote several columns regarding the tragedy. I wrote him and asked that he write more provocatively about related subjects; namely, the dual citizenship that many U.S. citizens enjoy. Among the dual-citizenship […]