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Erotic Tales

Produced for the German TV series “Erotic Tales” (1994-2002), these short films will be screened from Friday, March 19, through Saturday, March 27, at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $9, $5 for Facets members; for more information call 773-281-4114. All films will be screened in 35-millimeter prints. The full festival schedule follows. FRIDAY, […]

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Presence

A documentary to savor for its eloquence and life-affirming humanism, this 2003 portrait of Swedish photographer George Oddner uses metaphor to illuminate the creative process: an eddying stream keys memories of childhood summers spent in Estonia, then the rivulet dissolves to a swirling black-and-white print as an instant in time is affixed to paper in […]

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City File

Having ignorant bullies running the country isn’t just embarrassing, it’s bad for the economy, writes Richard Florida in the Washington Monthly (January/February). He quotes from an e-mail he received from a University of Illinois entomologist: “Over the last few years, as the conservative movement in the U.S. has become more entrenched, many people I know […]

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Spot Check

CHINESE STARS 3/19, FIRESIDE BOWL This Rhode Island supergroup teams veterans of Arab on Radar with Richard Ivan Pelletier of Six Finger Satellite. They’re working on a full-length due out in July, but for now there’s Turbo Mattress (Skin Graft), five cuts of buzzing, scything limber postpunk, wired but alert and surprisingly accessible. The hint […]

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A Stylist Hits His Stride

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Michel Gondry Written by Charlie Kaufman, Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Wilkinson. How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each […]

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R 3, a Gothic Tale

R 3, A GOTHIC TALE, Theo Ubique Theatre Company, at Bailiwick Repertory. Adapter Mark A. Vadik takes a Jungian approach to Richard III–a “compound of charm and terror,” as Harold Bloom describes him. In Vadik and Jason Palmer’s goth staging, Richard (Ron Kuzava) is literally two-faced: Helen Manasses plays his smooth, Eddie Haskell side–his Anima–while […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The works of the CSO’s composer in residence, Augusta Read Thomas, usually have vaguely new age titles–Ritual Incantations, Orbital Beacons, In My Sky at Twilight. The title of her latest, premiering this week, is a little more concrete: Tangle. Thomas composes jangly, energizing music whose fragments veer off in unexpected directions. She writes lots of […]

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Story Week Festival of Writers

Columbia College’s eighth annual literary festival, hosted by its fiction writing department (and for the first time stretching its “week” to ten days, to overlap with the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference being held in Chicago), features readings, book signings, and panels with local and national writers under the theme “Story and the […]

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The Exploded View

THE EXPLODED VIEW, SmashTheatre, at the Chicago Cultural Center. The title of Erik Ramsey’s new drama both makes a grisly allusion to the catastrophe at its center and describes the narrative technique, a cool nonlinear dismantling of the story that functions like assembly instructions in reverse. But the Carver-esque domestic minimalism onstage can’t support such […]

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Denise Regan

Color is the chief expressive element in Denise Regan’s paintings at Fleur, and in the strongest the way the colors collide intensifies the rich sensuality of each. The audience members behind the stage in the right background of Harpist Red, with their indistinct multicolored faces and clothing, seem as close to us as the red […]

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Datebook

MARCH 19 FRIDAY For a city where a lot of people don’t even want to take the bus in cold weather, Chicago has a strong bicycling culture. Today and Saturday the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Conference brings together two-wheel advocates for sessions devoted to bike-friendly street design, project funding, and tips from Europe. Local officials confirmed […]

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The Straight Dope

I worked for several years doing construction in arctic villages in Alaska. When I first got there I heard a story about how when Tupperware started making the rounds in rural Alaska the Yupik women used it to make fermented seal oil, which is the Eskimo version of ketchup. But the Tupperware made such a […]