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The Shadow

The Shadow, Lifeline Theatre. With each new staging of scripts from this classic radio drama–this is the third production I’ve seen–adapter-director John Hildreth adds more elaborate sound effects, bigger laughs, and deeper character development. Starting here with “The Walking Corpse” and “Prelude to Terror,” he and his cast reenact a 1940s live radio broadcast. The […]

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Pionerr Days

Ladies and gentlemen: I read Michael Miner’s story “Pioneer Press Aims at Foot, Fires” in the September 5 issue with a mixture of sorrow, anger, and incredulity. Sorrow that the reading public is losing as sorely needed a journalist of integrity as Virginia Gerst; anger that Pioneer treated the resignation of this 27-year, outstanding editorial […]

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A Soldier’s Stories

Age: 56 Occupation: Retired economist Rooms: Six. Rent: Nothing–he owns the building. Location: Wicker Park Oldest Possession: Photo of Malcolm X shot in Accra, Ghana, in 1964 On the Fridge: Selected Mister Boffo, Willie ‘n Ethel, The Far Side, Bound & Gagged, and Non Sequitur strips The Scarlet Banner: Given to him by a friend […]

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Calendar

Friday 10/3 – Thursday 10/9 OCTOBER 3 FRIDAY For over a decade beginning in the early 1950s, the U.S. State Department sponsored goodwill tours featuring African-American athletes throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. “The U.S. was trying to counteract Soviet propaganda that highlighted racial abuses in the United States,” says Damion Thomas, an assistant professor […]

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Wrinkles in Time

Films by Gregory J. Markopoulos Gregory J. Markopoulos’s 46-minute Twice a Man (1963) is the film that got me interested in cinema. Discovering it at 15, I was amazed that he’d found a way to organize the world into intense, sensuous colors and shapes to produce a work as coherent and powerful as the classical […]

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Truth in Labeling

Dear editor, Quotes from 49th Ward alderman Joe Moore in your September 26 article on the TIF district proposed for Rogers Park [“Why Here? Why Now?”] were surprising. He stated that members of the Rogers Park Community Action Network (RPCAN) were “disruptive” at a community meeting on June 18 and that the meeting was “marred […]

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Bridget St. John, Jack Rose, Espers

The current trend in underground music is cross-pollination, with artists in what have often been considered distinct idioms–free jazz, traditional folk, psychedelia–exploring the primitivist elements common to them all. This weekend in Minneapolis, the second DeStijl/Freedom From Festival of Music will reflect this volatility, bringing together electronic noisemaker Emil Beaulieau, the snarling saxes-and-guitar trio Borbetomagus, […]

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Calendar Sidebar

“Harold is incredibly prolific,” says Brett Bloom of fellow artist Harold Jefferies. “I’ve been sorting through work for the show and I’ve gone through about a hundred pounds of drawings. He just doesn’t stop.” Bloom met Jefferies, who’s 40 and developmentally disabled, through his work with the Little City Arts Center’s studio arts program in […]

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Arnold’s Grown Since Then

For what it’s worth, I can verify that Schwarzenegger stands five foot ten, five foot eleven, tops [Hot Type, September 19]. While I was in college I worked for a catering company in Boston that handled a lot of events for the Kennedy family. On one occasion we did a wedding in Newport for a […]

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Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things

Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things, Chicago Theatre Company. God, says one character in Leslie Lee’s earnest drama, “is whatever gets you through to the next minute.” This glimpse of Chicago’s south side in 1939 doesn’t differ much from the way it’s portrayed today–drugs, domestic violence, and child abuse are signs of a pervasive despair stemming […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts 1964 THE TRIBUTE (BEATLES TRIBUTE) Sat 10/11, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500. ABBA MANIA Sat 10/11, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500. AFI, HOT WATER MUSIC, BLEEDING THROUGH All-ages. Sun 10/5, 7 PM, Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. 312-666-6667 or […]

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The Marryin’ Kind

Dear editors: Well. It seems that the issue of homosexual marriage could be considerably simplified if certain homosexuals, like Brian-Mark and his friend Ron [“This Little Piggy,” August 29], were allowed to legally marry (and marry only) their silly clothing, their mechanical bits and devices and torture thingys, their porno, and of course their body […]