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The Other Dance Festival

Now in its second year, this showcase of modern dance was “not necessarily” just a response to Dance Chicago, the behemoth festival making its ninth appearance in November. Still, Other cocurator Kay LaSota says modern work isn’t well served by Dance Chicago’s format, where the programs can be crowded–as many as 13 companies on one […]

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City File

It’s not just the wealthy who are trying to find a way around campaign finance reform, but unions, environmentalists, and others seeking to turn Bush out of the White House. Organized labor, writes David Moberg in In These Times (August 25), is “helping to create new progressive constituency groups that will play much of the […]

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Sports Section

The mood was very different at White Sox Park last weekend. Saturday was clear and sunny but a chilly wind blew in off the lake, and few fans turned out for batting practice. The parking-lot attendants, food staff, and other stadium employees anticipated a large crowd, with the Sox playing a team hot on their […]

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Demonlover

This is radically different from Olivier Assayas’s two previous features (Late August, Early September and Les destinees), but it suggests a continuation of his Irma Vep (1996) in its narrative ambiguity and its feeling for contemporary conspiracy. The main difference is that Assayas seems more deliberate now in tapping his unconscious, making the aura of […]

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Today, I Am a Fountain Pen

Today, I Am a Fountain Pen, Chicago Jewish Theatre, at Red Hen Productions. Maybe I’d have liked this show better if I weren’t a Jew. A non-Jewish critic might more easily have tolerated its sentimental tribal cliches. Alternatively, it’s possible I’d have liked it better if Terry McCabe were a Jew. A Jewish director might’ve […]

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Datebook

SEPTEMBER 26 FRIDAY “The invasion and occupation of Iraq is viewed by the people of the Middle East as an act of international terrorism, and as such it can only lead to a dangerous escalation in the cycle of violence,” says International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) in response to President […]

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Spot Check

THE BRONX 9/26, BOTTOM LOUNGE The hype about this LA band–that they were being “stalked by major labels” after only two shows–was already being parroted in Rolling Stone last winter, and they’re already signed to Island/Def Jam. But in August they released their previously recorded full-length, The Bronx, on their own White Drugs label (distributed […]

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Al Franken

At one point in his latest book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, Al Franken asks deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz how he feels about the job “the Clinton military” did in Iraq. Wolfowitz’s simple response: Fuck you. He’s probably kidding, Franken allows–but “kidding […]

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The Straight Dope

Oft have we all heard the aged whodunit cliche “The butler did it!” But when did the butler ever do it? I’ve never heard of the butler actually having done it. How did this cliche become the cliche it became if there were never any butlers who did it? –Brian J. Wright, via e-mail Of […]

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Tintypes

Tintypes, American Theater Company. It would be entertainment enough to be regaled with inexhaustible delights like “Toyland,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” as well as other swell stuff by Sousa, Joplin, and Cohan. But this knowing revue also roots these classics and others from the Civil War […]

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Friends Forever

These grizzly Denver dudes (and their dogs) have been in the van constantly for about five years, and I don’t just mean on tour. They’ve played almost all their shows renegade-style from inside their rattletrap VW bus, which they transform into a stage complete with fog machines and disco lights. They show up at clubs, […]

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Rhino Theater Festival

The Curious Theatre Branch’s ambitious yearly showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe began as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest. Over the years it’s mushroomed from a neighborhood happening to an event of citywide significance–especially now that it’s been taken under the wing of the Department of Cultural Affairs as part […]

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Calendar

Friday 9/26 – Thursday 10/2 SEPTEMBER 26 FRIDAY “The invasion and occupation of Iraq is viewed by the people of the Middle East as an act of international terrorism, and as such it can only lead to a dangerous escalation in the cycle of violence,” says International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End […]