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Radian

On their latest album, Juxtaposition (Thrill Jockey), the Viennese trio Radian continue to transform raw static, hums, and hisses into clinical funk that’s strikingly dynamic and accessible. Before recording in Chicago with John McEntire, the group laid down bits of guitar, vibes, bass, and drums, then fed the sounds through various computer patches to render […]

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Saint Peter’s Umbrella

Denise Wright and Dave Hudson’s musical fable has three toe tappers (the title song, “No Dancing,” and “I Do, Do I?”), one tug-at-the-heartstrings duet (“I Believe in You”), lots of good Latin-rhythm dances choreographed by Brenda Didier, and irresistible performances by Karl Sean Hamilton and Jim Sherman. It also has a plot cluttered with prophecies, […]

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Landslide

Grief twists through this new dark, sparkling gem of a play written and directed by Ronan Marra for Signal Ensemble Theatre. Twentysomething Diane has fractured a hand and a foot in a motorcycle accident, so her alcoholic brother comes to stay with her, partly to escape his crumbling marriage to the competent Sarah. Playing Diane, […]

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Leaving Iowa

Halfway through the journey of getting his father’s cremains buried at a designated spot in Iowa, the journalist protagonist of Tim Clue and Spike Manton’s comedy says, “I’m not sure how, and I’m not sure when, but we’re going to see this done.” An hour and four or five endings later, in the middle of […]

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Suck It Up, People

To the editor: [Re: Ben Joravsky’s “Arrogance on Wheels,” March 11] The ways in which the city goes about implementing these projects are certainly not always scrupulous or fair (witness Mayor Daley’s midnight assault on Meigs Field). Citizens should, and must, challenge any project that impacts on their lives. However, many of the same residents […]

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Joffrey Ballet

The works on this program are “American” in the sense that they’re based on American folk dances. George Balanchine’s Square Dance is annoyingly faux-naif–a caller exhorts ballerinas to “Promenade, pretty girl!”–but intriguingly adds ballet moves and chamber music to a square-dance template. The corps was sharp, though the lead couple made every maneuver look effortful. […]

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Don’t Play That Pundit’s Game

Christopher Hayes’s cover piece on conservative pundit-in-training Guy Benson [“Birth of a Pundit,” March 4] unwittingly contributes to the very problem it seeks to diagnose: namely the rise of a self-assured cabal of young journalists, primed and poised to make the world safe for today’s particular brand of deceptive right-wing-speak. We mustn’t delude ourselves any […]

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Walk on Water

Israeli director Eytan Fox follows up his art-house hit Yossi & Jagger (2002) with this nervy generational drama that urges Jews to let go of the Holocaust. A young Mossad agent (Lior Ashkenazi) assassinates a Hamas leader in Istanbul, then returns to Tel Aviv to find his wife has committed suicide. Swallowing his grief, he […]