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Polish Film Festival in America

The 14th annual Polish Film Festival in America, produced by the Society for Arts, continues Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1. Tickets are $9 for screenings at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and $7 for screenings at the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. For more information call 773-486-9612. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 […]

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42nd Street

For those of us drawn to the theater for its psychological and cultural insights, 42nd Street is a first-rate guilty pleasure. This 1980 stage revamping of Busby Berkeley’s 1933 film, the quintessential backstage musical, tells the tale of Peggy Sawyer, chorus girl turned overnight star when she has to go on for injured leading lady […]

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Get Hustle

Set up an imbalanced ratio of artsy to fartsy and you risk sounding either pretentious or asinine. Get Hustle’s secret to success is their lineup, which seems so wrong it just has to be right: pianist Mac Mann and drummer Ron Avila used to be in Antioch Arrow, practitioners of white-belt, black-hair indie rock; organist […]

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Sweat

Solaris * (Has redeeming facet) Directed and written by Steven Soderbergh With George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, and Ulrich Tukur. It’s easy to scoff at Monarch Notes, but before I quit graduate school in disgust I reached for them every time I thought a professor might be ruining a literary masterpiece for […]

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After Dark

After Dark, Bailiwick Repertory. In this gay romantic comedy, playwright Steve Kluger shows his mastery of the art of banter and nails the little things that get our hearts beating, like the way someone wears jeans or knows baseball. Best of all, there are no stereotypes–and the actors stay clothed. Ryan is a geeky attorney […]

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Peter Wegner

The linchpins in Peter Wegner’s current exhibition are conceptual riffs on the relationship between color and name. 42 Unnamed Blues is exactly that–a large sheet of identical rectangles, each painted a different shade of blue. The rich hues stir the emotions, which tempts you to try to label the colors, to translate their mysterious power […]

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The Roots

The Roots’ excellent new album, Phrenology (MCA), expected in stores this summer, was delayed by problems with the first single, “Break You Off.” Neosoul singer Musiq Soulchild, who cowrote the tune and was set to record it with the band, was denied permission by his label, Def Jam. So D’Angelo, whose breakthrough album, Voodoo, benefited […]

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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets

This 2000 Moroccan feature by Nabil Ayouch spins an engrossing tale about a quartet of filthy, glue-addicted boys who fend for themselves on the waterfront of Casablanca. The title character, who fantasizes about sailing to a mythical island, is killed by their former gang, and though his three sidekicks vow to give him a decent […]

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Yasunao Tone & Florian Hecker

Yasunao Tone is hardly the only guy out there making music out of the imperfections in digital music technology. But while musicians like Markus Popp (Oval), Frank Bretschneider, and Vladislav Delay arrange those errors into accessible patterns, Tone embraces their raw unpredictability. A key figure in Japan’s Fluxus movement in the early 60s, he began […]