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Caetano Veloso

Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso has made only one new studio album since 1997’s superb Livro, the powerful Noites do norte (Nonesuch). But he’s released three live albums in the past five years, including the new double concert album Noites do norte ao vivo (also on Nonesuch). Here, Veloso reprises much of his last studio disc […]

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Jon Jost in Chicago

A major filmmaker who has lived in Europe for the past several years, Jon Jost is back in Chicago for the first time in more than a decade to present two programs on successive nights at different venues. Among the most original, resourceful, and independent of American independents, with an awesome body of work to […]

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Warlocks

The Warlocks won’t exactly whack you over the head with their radical originality. It’s no challenge to pin down the source material for each cut on the California band’s second full-length, Phoenix (Birdman): “Stickman Blues” is very Stoogey; “Baby Blue” kicks off like the later Soft Boys; “Hurricane Heart” swaggers like AC/DC; and the monumental […]

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Tully

Hilary Birmingham’s superb first feature screened at a handful of festivals in 2000, but it’s the sort of quiet, intelligent heartland drama that has to fight for a general release–and given this fall’s avalanche of movies, it may not be around for long. The title character, played with understated authority by Anson Mount, is a […]

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Terry Evans

Terry Evans, who’s spent years photographing prairies, writes that she’s always fancied herself an explorer and so lately she’s been “exploring the vast collections in the storage areas of Chicago’s Field Museum.” The museum’s exhibit “From Prairie to Field: Photographs by Terry Evans” includes 44 photos of the collections’ snakes, birds, mammals, insects, and plants. […]

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Charlie Kohlhase

In the various groups he’s led, co-led, or just enlivened as a sideman, saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase behaves like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He appears mild mannered at first, most often anchoring a small reed section from behind his baritone sax, but in the middle of a solo he’ll nut out into the timbral stratosphere. […]

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Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Searchlight Theatre Company, at National Pastime Theater. Shakespeare rewards even the slightest attempt to produce his work–and that’s the only extenuation for Searchlight Theatre Company’s debut production, on-the-job training intended to pass for a professional staging. As directed by Michael Garcia, this is an efficient but ineloquent modern-dress revival […]

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8 Mile

This energetic and often exciting feature from Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys), set in Detroit in 1995, aims to be the kind of showcase for Eminem and hip-hop that Saturday Night Fever was for John Travolta and disco, and in most respects it succeeds. Hanson depicts a far grungier world, brimming with aggression and […]

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Free Advice

The Tribune and Sun-Times Red rip-offs of London’s Metro may ultimately fail for lacking the key elements that make London’s commuter paper ever so popular [Hot Type, November 1]. The target on age rather than mode of transportation is only one of Red’s many mistakes. The Metro is geared toward users of public transportation, and […]

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Promise Keepers

Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Promises, Promises, a fall sensation at the Theatre Building Chicago, is moving to Arlington Heights. This spoof of corporate power games anticipated Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in its hard look at office politics and sexual one-upmanship. Based on Billy Wilder’s 1960 film The Apartment, […]

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City File

“Churches are not transforming people but rather servicing them,” says Sylvia Ronsvalle of Empty Tomb, Inc., in Champaign (www.pnnonline.org). She’s coauthor of a new study, “The State of Church Giving Through 2000,” which found that benevolent giving–contributions that support the broader mission of the church–reached its lowest point since 1968 in 2000, while giving for […]

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Phillip Walker

Guitarist Phillip Walker came of age in the 50s on the gulf coast, where young blues artists were tapping the region’s diverse heritage to create a propulsive meld of R & B, jump blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. From 1955 to ’59 he worked in Clifton Chenier’s touring band, a versatile outfit that also backed […]