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Cast on a Hot Tin Roof

CAST ON A HOT TIN ROOF, at the Royal George Theatre Center. The concept is simple: a five-person ensemble improvises the “world premiere and final performance” of a play, its plot based on audience input. The execution is a little trickier, since the story the performers come up with must mimic the well-known mannerisms of […]

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Brand Nubian

In late 1991 Brand Nubian’s standout MC Grand Puba lit out for a solo career, DJ Alamo in tow, in apparent disregard for the title of the Afrocentric crew’s sole album, One for All. Puba’s two subsequent Elektra albums were disappointments–though slightly more rewarding than the pair Sadat X and Lord Jamar would release as […]

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Datebook

AUGUST 27 FRIDAY Some claim the women’s movement is irrelevant these days, but the ongoing battle over reproductive rights and class-action sex discrimination lawsuits at major financial firms suggest otherwise. This weekend the Veteran Feminists of America take a look at past struggles and plan for the future at a conference cosponsored by UIC’s Center […]

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Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival offers performances at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (100 N. Michigan), Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph), Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan), and on three stages in Grant Park: the Jazz on Jackson Stage (Jackson & Lake Shore Drive), the Jazz and Heritage Family Stage (Columbus & […]

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Asma Gull Hasan

“I have never been ashamed to be Muslim, not even after 9-11, and not now,” states Asma Gull Hasan in the introduction to her new book, Why I Am a Muslim: An American Odyssey (Element). The 29-year-old Hasan, a Colorado-bred graduate of Wellesley and New York University Law School, has become something of a Muslim […]

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The Straight Dope

What’s the deal with not taking a shower, using the phone, or standing too close to the TV during a thunderstorm? If people were electrocuted by lightning in their homes on anything like a regular basis surely we would hear about it more often than we do. Is this just one of those stories our […]

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The Junk Men Cometh

Dan Peterman: Plastic Economies at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through September 12 Derek Webster at Intuit, through October 2 Recycling–or in some cases not recycling–is the subject of Dan Peterman’s seven large installations at the Museum of Contemporary Art. A midcareer retrospective, the show confirms that this internationally recognized Chicago conceptual artist is an […]

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Homework

Writer-director Kevin Asher Green makes an impressive debut with this quiet black-and-white character study of a New York ballet student (Paz de la Huerta) being silently devoured by anger, self-doubt, and fear of her own body. Seriously bulimic, she divides her time between a cerebral but randy boyfriend (Evan Neumann) and the unforgiving physical demands […]

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Calendar

Friday 8/27 – Thursday 9/2 AUGUST 27 FRIDAY Some claim the women’s movement is irrelevant these days, but the ongoing battle over reproductive rights and class-action sex discrimination lawsuits at major financial firms suggest otherwise. This weekend the Veteran Feminists of America take a look at past struggles and plan for the future at a […]

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Playtime

My all-time favorite movie, this 1967 French comedy by actor-director Jacques Tati almost certainly has the most intricately designed mise en scene in all of cinema. Dave Kehr had it right: “Tati attempted nothing less than a complete reworking of the conventional notions of montage and, amazingly, he succeeded. Instead of cutting within scenes, Tati […]