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B-Fest

Part movie binge, part slumber party, this 24-hour marathon of cinematic castoffs has become an annual event at Northwestern University. This year’s festival is already sold out, but there’s a ticket exchange on the Web site, www.b-fest.com. Movies begin screening at 6 PM Friday, January 28, at McCormick Auditorium in the Norris University Center, 1999 […]

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Instruments of Movement

Founded by artistic director James Morrow four years ago, Instruments of Movement uses an eclectic mix of music and dance styles to explore–well, whatever the company feels like. A year ago, in Lifted, it was the Christ story; last May it was jazz great Chet Baker. This program focuses on male-female relationships. Ruff Side of […]

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Notre musique

Jean-Luc Godard isn’t being as hard on his audience this time around, and it seems to have paid off: I’ve yet to encounter any hostile critical response to this feature, a mellow and meditative reflection on the ravages of war. Set in Sarajevo and structured in three parts after Dante’s Divine Comedy, this beautiful film […]

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The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film, about a wiretapper enduring a personal crisis, appears an unlikely candidate for transfer to the stage. The tight montage and brilliant sound design in particular would seem difficult to re-create in a live production. Yet Pyewacket does a great job of finding stage equivalents for Coppola’s cinematic effects. Adapter Kate […]

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Ohayo

Perhaps the most delightful of Yasujiro Ozu’s late comedies (1959), this very loose remake of his earlier I Was Born, But . . . (1932) pivots around the rebellion of two brothers whose father refuses to buy a TV set. The layered compositions of the suburban topography are extraordinary, as are the intricate interweavings of […]

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Forgotten Four

Anybody remember Screeching Weasel? I know most Americans can’t remember what the leader of the free world said two lies ago, but I’m talking about something people supposedly listened to for fun. In case you blocked out the Bush years the first time around, in the late 80s and early 90s those locals made a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Modern Drunkard, a glossy bimonthly with a circulation of 50,000, is “about drinking and only about drinking–and not just drinking, but heavy drinking,” editor Frank Kelly Rich told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month. The magazine’s editorial philosophy contends that serious drinkers are an “oppressed minority,” and recent features have included biographies […]

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Oy!

Rich Orloff’s 13 comic sketches about Jewish life are part moral tutorial and part loving commentary. What they aren’t is funny. Perhaps they would have been if director Brian LeTraunik hadn’t tried so hard to push our emotional buttons in this Chicago Jewish Theatre production of a script that’s sentimental to begin with. Each segment […]

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Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s story of two Depression-era drifters and their thwarted dream is so much a part of our cultural identity that actors are frequently awed into distancing themselves from their roles. Under the direction of Eileen Niccolai, however, the performers in this Shattered Globe Theatre production turn their focus inward to amplify the characters’ closely […]