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Thomas Kellner: In America at Schneider, through June 12 Doug Fogelson: Intersections at Kraft Lieberman, through May 28 Ken Fandell: From Up and Down, and Still Somehow at Bodybuilder & Sportsman, through June 5 “Seamlessness” is an increasingly popular term of praise for imagery stitched together digitally, but sometimes old-school methods yield photographs that exploit […]

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Great Chicago Places and Spaces

The city’s sixth annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces festival, a weekend celebration of local architecture and design, offers more than 130 free tours by foot, bus, el, trolley, or boat, all led by architects, docents, and other aficionados. Seats for Friday’s opening “Great Chicago Conversations” discussion are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (A […]

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Betty Rules; Schadenfreude

BETTY RULES, at Lakeshore Theater, and SCHADENFREUDE, at Lakeshore Theater. This song-peppered self-chronicle of the career of small-time girl band Betty may be the most self-indulgent show I’ve ever seen. Though it plays like a deadpan Behind the Music parody, writer-performers Alyson Palmer and Amy and Elizabeth Ziff don’t seem to realize that their story–a […]

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Jean-Francois Laporte

Luigi Russolo’s 1913 futurist manifesto “The Art of Noises” celebrated “the throbbing of valves, the bustle of pistons, the shrieks of mechanical saws, the starting of trams on the tracks” and envisioned a future in which “every workshop will become an intoxicating orchestra of noises.” At first blush the work of Montreal-based composer and instrument […]

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The Saddest Music in the World

Mannerist film antiquarian Guy Maddin takes a bold step forward with this 2003 feature, a comic/melodramatic musical enhanced by his flair for expressionist studio shooting (in grainy black and white, with selected scenes in two-strip Technicolor). The project originated as a script by novelist Kazuo Ishiguro; revising extensively, Maddin and George Toles, his usual collaborator, […]

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Maybe Seattle punk is cool again, maybe it’s not–I gave up years ago trying to track the invisible progress of coolness from one scene to the next. The Briefs obviously don’t care either: their infectious, intensely dorky 2000 full-length debut, Hit After Hit, sold 10,000 copies, mostly through word of mouth, and put Seattle’s Dirtnap […]

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Zionist Domination at the Tribune

Carol Felsenthal’s comments [Hot Type, May 7], as well as Joel Sprayregen’s letter [May 14] complaining of Don Wycliff’s assertion of Bush’s genuflection to Sharon, are but another example of Zionist domination at the Tribune. Since the Lakeview rabbi organized a boycott of the Tribune, there has been capitulation by Bruce Dold to their views. […]

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Robert Schultz

In the best of Robert Schultz’s 14 pencil drawings at Printworks the models’ faces aren’t visible. Randall Reflecting II shows a nude sitting with his knees up, head nestled between his arms. With no facial expression to study, the viewer is drawn to the exquisitely precise rendering of anatomical detail–we can almost feel the different […]

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Savage Love

I am in a fairly new relationship. We’ve been together a year. The sex is great, but I worry that my guy will never be satisfied with just me. In his last relationship he had lots of girl-girl-guy threesomes. I am no prude and am glad that he had a great time with his ex, […]

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Cash on Delivery

CASH ON DELIVERY, Village Players Theatre. Where Joe Orton used the sex farce to attack the mores of a hung-up, fearful, hypocritical society, fellow Brit Michael Cooney uses the same genre to reinforce middle-class prejudices about those who stray too far from the norm. In this 1996 play about a welfare cheat, he pokes fun […]

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Good Guys Follow the Rules

Thank you for your recent story on torture. It’s been just two weeks since photographic proof finally thrust the story into the mainstream media and already torture apologists are asking that we forget about it and return our attention to the “war on terror”–the irony being that it was their diversion of funds and forces […]

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1984, Theatre Entropy, at Live Bait Theater. Considering the meticulous construction of George Orwell’s prophetic novel, it’s hard to understand why writers Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr., and William A. Miles Jr. felt the need to invent a good half of this “adaptation.” They’ve made protagonist Winston Smith–a broken, tubercular nebbish in the original–fit […]