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Chicago Moving Company

Nana Shineflug, who founded the Chicago Moving Company more than 30 years ago, has always set a steadfastly personal course: she recently performed with her young grandson, for example. That tradition continues with Cindy Brandle, now coartistic director with Shineflug. Brandle says her trio on this program–Thrown, premiered last fall–had its origin in her own […]

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Lalla A. Essaydi

The woman in Converging Territories #4, one of Lalla A. Essaydi’s ten photographs at Schneider, stands in a long, white hijab that covers all but her face. Arabic text appears on the robe and the wall behind her, and at first I thought the subject might be the role of women in traditional Islam, the […]

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City File

If you’ve tried and failed to wrap your mind around the “repeal” of the federal estate tax, here’s one reason it’s so complicated. Chicago attorney Susan Bart writes in the January issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, “Congress wanted to take credit for ‘repealing’ the ‘death tax,’ but did not want to make the spending […]

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American Music Club

When American Music Club announced last summer that they’d reunited, it was easy to take the news cynically–it looked like a retreat by band leader Mark Eitzel from a messy, weakly received solo career and an acknowledgment that he wasn’t the genius people said he was a decade ago. But even the critically acclaimed AMC […]

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Evidence

EVIDENCE, Neo-Futurists, at the Neo-Futurarium. Writer-director Greg Allen’s play is funny and terrifying in equal measure: it’s as if Edward Albee had thoroughly fused his trademark banter and covert violence. But where Albee explores his characters’ fictional worlds, Allen incorporates testimony from actual court cases to raise the question: what are you guilty of? The […]

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Pat Martino Quintet

In 1980 Pat Martino underwent brain surgery for an aneurysm; although the operation saved his life, it robbed him of his memories and motor skills. But he managed to relearn his instrument through painstaking study of his own recordings from the 70s, and he may be a better musician for it. His last two releases […]

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The Darkness

Queen meets Judas Priest meets Def Leppard, say the detractors. Queen meets Judas Priest meets Def Leppard, say the defenders–and there are plenty of them. Justin Hawkins’s crushed-testicles falsetto and his brother Dan’s arena-size guitar hooks won the Darkness a handful of Brit Awards last month, not to mention a promise from Queen’s Brian May […]

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Piotr Anderszewski

In 2001 Piotr Anderszewski won international recognition for his third CD, a bracingly authoritative rendition of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations that has since become a touchstone for other pianists. On this recital program he’ll perform Metopes, by the unjustly neglected Karol Szymanowski, a fellow Pole who wrote a spellbinding Fourth Symphony and the noteworthy opera King […]

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Franz Ferdinand

Now even postpunk’s gone and fallen into the sausage grinder: add sugary hooks and funky disco hi-hat to the genre’s cranky offbeats–as Hot Hot Heat did on their 2002 release Make Up the Breakdown–and you get near-cuddly syncopation. It seemed a bad bet to guess punk’s cerebral, bony son would be accepted in any form […]

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Meet John Doe

MEET JOHN DOE, Shattered Globe Theatre, at Viaduct Theater. Robert Riskin’s 1941 screenplay, based on his own short story, may be fifth-rate Clifford Odets, but director Frank Capra and dynamic leading man Gary Cooper almost made it seem meaningful social criticism. Columnist Ann Mitchell ignites a civic uproar when she prints a fake letter from […]

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Datebook

MARCH 26 FRIDAY Quilting may not be as trendy as knitting, but its profile has still been raised by the increased popularity of crafting in all forms. Many of the works on display at this weekend’s International Quilt Festival are not your grandmother’s bed coverings. Pieces include Guatemalan art quilts, abstract contemporary designs, and several […]

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Death in Gaza

James Miller, the director of this gripping documentary about Palestinian children, was killed by rifle fire last year as he and writer Saira Shah approached an Israeli tank at night waving a white flag. Completed by Shah, his 2003 video documents the agony of life in the Gaza Strip, where the journalists get to know […]