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Chevere

The biggest Chicago jazz story of the year so far is the release of the first CD by the Latin-jazz-fusion nonet Chevere–an event a quarter century in the making. Costa Rican drummer Alejo Poveda, a veteran of a dozen or more local jazz bands, formed Chevere here in the late 70s as a small percussion […]

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Stefan Kiesbye

Small presses have been putting out some really good books lately, and it’s often hard for them to get noticed, but Stefan Kiesbye deserves whatever hype can be scrounged for his debut novella, Next Door Lived a Girl (Low Fidelity Press). Set in small-town working-class Germany following World War II, it follows 12-year-old Moritz and […]

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An Architect Looks Inside

Recently retired Chicago architect David Munson says his 17 sculptures at Roy Boyd “mix up the inside and the outside. There’s no sense of enclosure, and that would be very difficult to achieve in a building.” He says Elliptical Skeleton 1 was inspired by the spinal surgery his wife was undergoing: here wooden “ribs” are […]

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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

The victims in John Bishop’s spoof of 1930s mystery comedies are Broadway show people preparing for an audition in their benefactor’s cavernous home. With campy fervor they chase one another through secret passageways (of course), reveal secret identities (of course), and eventually explain the murderous spree’s convoluted whys and hows. Under Ray Frewen’s direction the […]

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The King Khan & BBQ Show

If you still miss the campy, feral 50s garage punk of the late, lamented Spaceshits but weren’t too attached to their drummer, this free show is gonna make your Monday. King Khan is the erstwhile Blacksnake, that Montreal band’s slippery bassist, and BBQ was Creepy, the notoriously camera-shy lead singer. In their current duo BBQ […]

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Singapore Film Festival

Subtitled “Tales From a Little Red Dot,” this festival of contemporary films from Singapore continues Friday, January 28, at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis, and Saturday, January 29, at the Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 115, 924 E. 57th. Saturday will be devoted to the work of director Royston Tan, […]

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Lucky Peterson

Bluesman Lucky Peterson began his career early–his first single, “1-2-3-4,” came out in 1971, when he was six–and since then he’s exultantly leapt between styles, genres, and attitudes while retaining his attachment to the blues. On his 2003 album, Black Midnight Sun (Dreyfus), which features collaborations with Bill Laswell and P-Funk drummer Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey, […]

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Cranky Critics

Honestly, what’s the matter with all the movie critics? Do they not get fed? Are they denied sleep? Why do they all seem to think that cranky and not liking anything is the best way to fulfill their jobs? Most of us didn’t go to film school–we’re regular people who like movies. This is a […]

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Sophie’s Masterpiece–a Spider’s Tale

Alan Donahue and Chuck Larkin’s musical adaptation of Eileen Spinelli’s picture book introduces new characters and expands on ideas this simple story barely suggests. Sophie remains an extraordinarily artistic spider, but now we see her mother encouraging her to revere beauty. And Sophie’s adventures with a sea captain, cook, and landlady are treated briskly while […]

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Lee Konitz

Now 77, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is one of the last living links to the bebop era. He began his career in the 40s as a distinguished acolyte of pianist Lennie Tristano; shortly thereafter he participated in the sessions that produced Miles Davis’s album Birth of the Cool. Since then the Chicago native has led […]

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A Family Rallies

To the editor, In his article about the plight of Ibrahim Parlak (January 14) Michael Miner has written another penetrating expose of the dangers to our civil liberties the Patriot Act presents when used by right-wing ideologues. It is appalling, and apparently not known to most Americans, that immigration-court judges report to John Ashcroft, the […]