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Operation S

There’s no easier way for a draft-ager to piss off dad (or our Francophobe president, if your name’s Jenna) than to learn and howl the lyrics to the eponymously titled debut from Paris synth punks Operation S. All in French–save lingua punca like “paranoia mafia” and “so sexy”–the record serves as an overdriven answer to […]

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Filipino-American Film Festival

Presented by the Filipino-American Network, this festival of work by Filipinos and Filipino-Americans runs Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, at Northside Preparatory High School, 5501 N. Kedzie. Matinees are $6, evening programs are $10 ($8 for seniors, students, and children 12 and younger), and a festival pass, good for admission to all events, […]

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Despite an appealing performance by Elaine Rivkin and Samuel C. Ball’s superb scenic design, John Belluso’s awkward fusion of love story and health-care polemic remains lifeless. In this midwest premiere, director Tim Farrell exacerbates the script’s problems by focusing on a peripheral character, a conscience-stricken HMO doctor (overplayed by Melissa Carlson), instead of its central […]

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Rufus Reid Quintet

In the early 60s Scott LaFaro raised the bar for jazz bass with lines so nimble they seemed better suited to a horn, but most players who’ve aspired to match his speed have had to sacrifice tone to get it: the sheer size of the instrument makes it especially difficult to shape each note fully […]

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DanceAfrica Chicago 2004

In all the years I’ve been going to DanceAfrica Chicago–since 1991–I’ve never seen anything like Sidi Goma before. A group of musicians and dancers from the Indian state of Gujarat, it’s made up of African-Indian descendants of slaves and traders who came to the far western corner of India eight centuries ago. Its dozen members […]

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The Chosen

Chaim Potok’s 1967 novel, published the same year as the Six-Day War, deals in part with the rifts among Jews over Zionism. And Aaron Posner’s adaptation–developed in collaboration with Potok and presented by Steppenwolf’s youth-oriented Arts Exchange program–provides an impassioned overview of those issues. But Posner focuses more on Brooklyn in the 1940s and the […]

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The Dance-Floor Agenda

Kudos on the Jerkstore grand opening piece in your Chicago Antisocial column from the October 15 edition of the Reader. It was an interesting read from start to finish, and Mr. Jashnani’s ordeal with the authorities was a story that needed to be told. Thanks for giving the public the lowdown on this. I would […]