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John Fraser

An art exhibit that avoids making an obvious statement is typically either very bad–some artists don’t know how to use their materials to say anything–or, as in the case of John Fraser’s 23 sculptures and collages at Roy Boyd, almost unaccountably good. Our natural instinct is to impose our own worldview on everything we see, […]

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This Old Hall

After four decades and six rental locations, starting with a one-room icehouse, Highland Park’s Suburban Fine Arts Center finally has a home worthy of its aspirations. Two years ago, when the local American Legion Hall was slated to be torn down to make way for a bank, arts center supporters floated a petition asking the […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts ALL THAT SEXY, JAZZY CABARET Tribute to John Kander & Fred Ebb with Editha Rosario, Ed Kross, John Mohrlein, Dawan Bach, Andrew Micheli, Suzanne Petri, Bob Breuler, Brian Russell. Mon 7/28, 8 PM, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. 773-929-1031. ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, KARL DENSON Tue 7/29 and Wed 7/30, 7:30 […]

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Joao Gilberto

The cool restraint that pervades the work of Joao Gilberto makes him an unlikely candidate for World’s Greatest Living Musical Revolutionary. His case rests largely on his work in 1957, when he and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim made the first bossa nova record. Slowing down the rhythms of the samba to a mesmerizing stroll, distilling […]

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The Heart of Me

A devastating performance by Olivia Williams (Rushmore) anchors this emotionally complex British drama based on Rosamund Lehmann’s 1953 novel The Echoing Grove. The plot centers on a handsome London businessman (Paul Bettany) who leaves his proper, rather acerbic wife (Williams) to pursue a life-affirming romance with her free-spirited younger sister (Helena Bonham Carter). The magisterial […]

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Varekai

Nearly 20 years after its founding, Cirque du Soleil has indeed, as the title of an early show put it, reinvented the circus–and perhaps inevitably repeated itself a few times along the way. But whereas Dralion (the Montreal-based behemoth’s last local appearance, in 2001) focused on the pretty and dreamlike to sometimes languorously New Age […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories British artist Damien Hirst, who has already earned several mentions in News of the Weird (in one case for an exhibit of skinned cattle copulating in formaldehyde), told the Guardian in June that, since giving up drinking six months earlier, he’s discovered a new refinement. Said Hirst: “I can drink, I can take […]

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Hell’s Heroes

“Down With Ford! Long Live Wyler!” was the title of a 1948 article by French writer and filmmaker Roger Leenhardt, and I’m hard-pressed to think of a more dubious pronouncement by a major critic. But it starts to become plausible if one compares William Wyler’s gritty and beautifully photographed western Hell’s Heroes (1929) with John […]

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Awake and Sing!

Hard times can make hard people. Which is why Clifford Odets thought decent folks had to break free from the pull of money and of things, had to find a good that connected rather than divided. Louis Contey’s riveting revival of this 1935 depiction of a Depression-era clan that’s failing for lack of love is […]

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The Holy Land

An Israeli rabbi advises his horny yeshiva student (Oren Rehany) to visit a prostitute so he won’t be further distracted, but the youth winds up falling for a 19-year-old Russian hooker (Tchelet Semel) and working at a multicultural bar in Jerusalem that’s run by one of her clients (Saul Stein). For his first feature writer-director […]