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Less Is More–Sometimes

Robyn O’Neil at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through April 24 David Schutter at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through April 24 David Crawford: Stop Motion Studies on the Internet Robyn O’Neil is a trained artist who cultivates a “naive” style, rendered at a stunning level of precision. In her sparsely populated, somewhat surreal snowscape drawings at Bodybuilder and […]

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Cry Havoc

CRY HAVOC, Bailiwick Repertory. “Love always means eventual pain,” comments one character in Tom Coasch’s troubling exploration of colonialist aftershocks in Egypt. “And pain is the evidence of love.” But Coasch’s observations don’t ring true in the play, as a mincing British translator and a semicloseted Egyptian reactionary attempt to recover in a decrepit Cairo […]

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Miya Masaoka, Anthony Coleman

One distinguishing mark of San Francisco’s bustling Asian-American jazz community is its commitment to the use of non-Western instruments as tools for improvisation, and few figures on the scene are more exciting than Miya Masaoka, who plays jazz on the brittle-sounding Japanese zither known as the koto. Her training is in traditional Japanese music, but […]

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Shoghaken Ensemble

Gevorg Dabaghyan is a master of Armenia’s most famous traditional instrument, the duduk–a double reed, usually carved from the wood of an apricot tree, with a one-octave range. He was the first to play his country’s church music on it, he’s played it in Yo-Yo Ma’s celebrated Silk Road Ensemble and with jazz saxophonist Jan […]

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International Pop Overthrow

The third Chicago edition of the International Pop Overthrow festival, curated by LA power-pop superfan David Bash, starts this weekend and continues through May 2. There are no advance ticket sales or festival passes; admission is $5 for afternoon shows and $8 for evening shows. For more information see FRIDAY, APRIL 16 Beat Kitchen […]

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Short Shakespeare! “A Midsummer Noght’s Dream”

Gary Griffin’s 75-minute version of the Bard’s craziest comedy is an irresistible introduction not just to Shakespeare but to the world of theatrical make-believe. The touchstone of this gracefully goofy retelling is the play within a play “Pyramus and Thisbe”–a sort of miniature Romeo and Juliet. However inept the acting by hopeful thespians desperate to […]

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Radiating Talent

Manya Sklodowska was born in 1867, the fifth child of a poor physics professor in Russian-controlled Poland. An adept science student, she was shut out of college in Warsaw because she was a girl; instead, she went to work as a governess in order to support her sister, a medical student in Paris. At 24 […]

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A pianist with several Chicago groups, Amy Dissanayake has carved out a niche as an exacting and dedicated performer of contemporary music. For this program in the MusicNOW series she steps out alone, playing a selection of etudes by David Rakowski and Gyorgy Ligeti. Rakowksi’s etudes, some of which Dissanayake has recorded, have a nerdy […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The 20th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival, presented by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, runs Friday, April 16, through Thursday, April 29. Film and video screenings will be at Art Institute Rubloff Auditorium, Columbus Drive at Monroe; Beverly Arts Center; Biograph; Chicago State Univ., 9501 S. King Dr.; Dominican Univ., 7900 W. Division, […]

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A Whole Mess of Messages

Drink Me, or the Strange Case of Alice Times Three Seanachai Theatre Company at Prop Thtr Mary Fengar Gail’s whodunit raises the possibility that if she were murdered, the suspects would include several authors from whom she’s gleefully nicked ideas. Lewis Carroll, of course, as the play’s title implies, and Edward Gorey. Arthur Conan Doyle, […]