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The Natural

DNA DNA on DNA (No More) Arto Lindsay Salt (Righteous Babe) Arto Lindsay picked up the guitar a month before he played out with his first band, DNA, in 1978. He was helping his friends in Mars load in for a gig at Max’s Kansas City in New York when booker Terry Ork (who also […]

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Secret Gardens

Ann Grube lived two blocks down the street from her current Hinsdale home for seven years, in a house whose garden faced north. It wasn’t a happy situation, she says: “In this climate, north doesn’t work.” Casing the neighborhood for southern exposures, she came upon a big English garden behind a 1926 Tudor home designed […]

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Friday 7/23 – Thursday 7/29 JULY 23 FRIDAY Back in March, when Lisa Lynch and Elena Razlogova came up with the idea for the Guantanamobile, the plight of the almost 600 “enemy combatants” held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base seemed, says Lynch, “like an issue that could disappear in an election summer.” But as […]

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It Had To Be You!

IT HAD TO BE YOU!, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. This dopey romantic comedy pits a batty B-movie actress against a semisuccessful producer of TV commercials. She wants him to marry her and make her a successful playwright, so she keeps him in her apartment; he wants to leave for a date with […]

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National Showcase of New Plays

The National New Play Network, a consortium of theaters devoted to developing and producing new work, presents its second biennial festival. These plays–some previously seen elsewhere, others slated for future production, yet others just waiting for a chance to reach an audience–are performed in concert readings or staged readings. The fest is a joint effort […]

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Fillet of Solo Festival

Live Bait Theater presents its ninth annual showcase of one-person performances. The event features work by an array of well-known fringe artists–among them David Kodeski, Stephanie Shaw, Susan Karp, and Edward Thomas-Herrera–as well as a crop of emerging talents, including real-life police officers involved in Live Bait’s Police-Teen Link program. The festival previews on Thursday, […]

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San Valentino and the Melancholy Kid

Back in January I wrote what I thought was a rave review of this rock ‘n’ roll horse opera, connecting it fondly to Howard Hawks, Sam Shepard, Jellyeye Drum Theatre, the Flying Karamazov Brothers, and the early Lookingglass Theatre Company. My 19-year-old son was not pleased. An intelligent jock who moves easily between frat life […]

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Underserving the Underserved; The Vision Thing

Underserving the Underserved A grassroots organization called Chicago Media Action released a critical hundred-page report July 19 about WTTW’s flagship program, Chicago Tonight. The judgment was harsh, and where WTTW’s interests intersected with the Chicago Tribune’s, it was even harsher. After analyzing 20 straight evenings of the hour-long show last September and 10 more in […]

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Rainer Maria

Caithlin De Marrais didn’t become one of the few women tolerated in the boy’s boy’s boy’s world of emo by making demands–or, for that matter, by making sense. Her lyrics disjointed and her voice disembodied, De Marrais wafted through the first few Rainer Maria records on the majestic swell whipped up by guitarist Kyle Fischer […]

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Nuwki Nu

Georgia-born Nuwki Nu grew up in Detroit, where he played trumpet and keyboards in soul bands before moving to Chicago in 1975 to attend Chicago State on a music scholarship. In the late 90s, after suffering a back injury that threatened his ability to play, he picked up the harmonica and began to focus on […]