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The Man with Pussy Galore

The Man with Pussy Galore, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, at the Cornservatory. James Bond films are ripe for parody–as Mike Myers’s Austin Powers movies have proved. But Bond flicks are already so outrageous that they’re a tougher target than one might imagine. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy struggles with this challenge in its improvised parody of all things […]

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Family Silver

Unknown Maker: The Art of the American Daguerreotype at the Art Institute of Chicago, through September 28 Historically considered the first medium of the masses, the daguerreotype was relatively cheap and easy to produce, bringing family portraiture within reach of the middle and lower classes. “Unknown Maker: The Art of the American Daguerreotype” captures these […]

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It seems like a lot of the new brutal-prog bands switch things up all the time just to fuck with you–they’ll let you settle into the warm, cozy jamming, then peel out in some unpredictable direction, leaving you shivering and wondering where you are. But with Hella, who’re as chops-heavy and rhythmically nomadic as any […]

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In Print: it takes a village to write a play

Save long-distance running, there’s no activity so notoriously solitary as writing. Yet, as pages of ads in magazines like Writer’s Digest and Poets & Writers attest, there’s an entire economic sector devoted to the communal production of scribes: MFA programs, retreats, workshops, even boot camps. But playwright Lisa Rosenthal champions the collective do-it-yourself approach to […]

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Dorchen & Isaacson’s Medecine Show

Theater Oobleck has a habit of tackling weighty subjects: corporate politics, capitalism, the Iraq war, Faust, Freud, fractal geometry. But Oobleck cofounders Jeff Dorchen and David Isaacson spend an evening just playing during the freewheeling Rhinoceros Theater Festival. Their fully improvised “failed talk show” is called “On the Surface”–which is where skittish, know-nothing host Marty […]

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Chicago a Cappella

Chicago a Cappella–thanks to fine singing, an eclectic repertoire, and marketing savvy–has survived its first decade, and to celebrate, the nine-member group is kicking off the new season by reprising some of its greatest hits and premiering two new commissions. One of them is The Fall by bass Jonathan Miller, the ensemble’s artistic director; it’s […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts AVENTURA, TEGO CALDERONA Sat 9/20, 7 PM, Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212. DANNY BLACK Free concert. Fri 9/12, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630. CARLA BOZULICH’S RED HEADED STRANGER Free in-store performance. Thu 9/18, 6:30 PM, Reckless Records, 3157 N. Broadway. 773-404-5080. JENNY […]