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Spot Check

TOM HEINL 4/1 & 2, SCHUBAS On With or Without Me (Leisure King), this Oregonian takes his thrift-store-Tom T. Hall routine to the next honorably hokey level: you get the whole album twice, once with lead vocals and once in karaoke mode. Most of it’s pure B comedy–titles include “Pinto Squire” (“Partial to cruising in […]

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Sports Section

There is nothing like the sound of a slam dunk–not the dunk itself, even though a number of arenas are now miking the hoops and broadcasting the sound over the PA, but the roar of the crowd in response. There is something both joyful and violent in that roar, an appreciation for the beauty of […]

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Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land (S.W.A.P. Manifestation)

Chicago’s fiercely experimental Trap Door Theatre has been teaming for almost a decade with internationally acclaimed LA performance and visual artist Catherine Sullivan; their best-known collaboration, 1998’s Alien Hand, was a fascinating reinterpretation of the classic musical Lady in the Dark. More recently the company has worked with her on her latest piece, Ice Floes […]

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Moody Hollow

Choreographer Lauri Stallings says she got the name for her new evening-length piece from the spot in Georgia where she and her family gathered for reunions when she was a child. It taught her that “people can come from all over,” she says, and yet have “all their differences dissipate”; she hopes to evoke a […]

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Datebook

APRIL 2 FRIDAY Patrons who pony up the $50 to get into Hot Spot, tonight’s preview of work by more than 200 graduating School of the Art Institute students, get first crack at buying pieces by possible future Ed Paschkes. Artists will be on hand to discuss their paintings, sculptures, installations, clothing, and more from […]

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The Lock’s Not the Key

Dear Ms. Krone, If I’m going to consume the lengthy time to read what appears to be a very interesting multipage article [“Why Did Pieter Die?” March 19], I certainly don’t wish to feel it’s an unnecessary cliff-hanger which makes the article INCOMPLETE. Your article ended by saying the jury dismissed the case of Pieter’s […]

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Bob Moses

To understand the fiercely independent character and music of drummer-composer-mystic Bob Moses, it helps to consider that growing up in New York in the 1950s he lived in the same building as Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk; as a teenager he played duets with Charles Mingus, a family friend. Possessed of a […]

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Chicago International Documentary Festival

The Chicago International Documentary Festival (which debuted last year as the Chicago International Doc Film Festival) continues Friday, April 2, through Sunday, April 11. Screenings are at the Beverly Arts Center; the Copernicus Center; Facets Cinematheque; Northwestern Univ. Thorne Auditorium; the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee; and Univ. of Chicago Doc Films. Tickets are […]

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Blue Man Group

That three guys in bright blue makeup who bang on giant PVC pipes with mallets continue to inspire such devotion is as amazing as the show itself. If you’re one of the handful of people in the Chicago metro area who hasn’t seen it yet, please ask the couple next door for a blow-by-blow description–they’ve […]

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Chris Ware’s First Hate Letter

I am an avid fan of the Chicago Reader. I personally work in the publishing industry and understand that much of the free media these days is used in more ways than one. The Chicago Reader is not simply a guide for adults to get around Chicago or a form of entertainment for adults “only.” […]

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The Straight Dope

In the recent debate around gay marriage, the Log Cabin Republicans have come up. I understand their deal is that Abraham Lincoln was gay and grew up in a log cabin, so they align themselves with his sexuality through endorsing his upbringing. Whatever. My question is, how valid is the allegation of Honest Abe being […]

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Lola

Jacques Demy’s first and in some ways best feature (1961, 90 min.), shot in exquisite black-and-white ‘Scope by Raoul Coutard, is among the most neglected major works of the French New Wave. Abandoned by her sailor lover, a cabaret dancer (Anouk Aimee) brings up their son while awaiting his return and ultimately has to choose […]

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The Ives of March & Poetry Theatre

THE IVES OF MARCH & POETRY THEATRE, Smoke and Mirror Productions, at the Loop Theater. This evening of two one-acts by David Ives proves he’s the best writer Sid Caesar never had. Quasi-erudite, with a semi-borscht belt sensibility and love for historical anachronism, Babel’s in Arms features two downtrodden Babylonian slaves feverishly trying to outwit […]