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Eric Reed Trio

The oddly defensive motto on Eric Reed’s Web site–“It’s all right to swing”–may become increasingly cryptic as his career develops. In fact, given that the 35-year-old pianist has already started to think outside the neoclassical box, it may be cryptic already. Reed got his first big boost in the mid-90s as a member of the […]

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Royce da 5’9″

Back in 2000, way before Royce da 5’9″ released his first album, his single “Boom” blew me away. Hungry and witty, the Detroit MC snapped off lines like “My flow is hotter than the flash from the click / When the hammer slaps the bullet on the ass from the clip” in a crisp, emphatic […]

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Chicago Folk & Roots Festival

The Old Town School of Folk Music’s Chicago Folk & Roots Festival offers live music at three locations in Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside. The event also features storytellers, music and dance workshops, and activities for children. For more information call 312-728-6000. SATURDAY 9 Staff Stage Noon Luis Jahn 12:30 Karen Banks-Lubicz 1:00 Tom Stevens […]

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Nicolai Dunger

Swedish singer-songwriter Nicolai Dunger has kept some interesting company on his recent albums. On This Cloud Is Learning, a 1999 record that finally came out stateside this year on the local label Overcoat, he was joined by members of the Soundtrack of Our Lives; Soul Rush (Lakeshore, 2001) featured support by Swedish jazz group the […]

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Scarrie–the Musical

David Cerda describes his Scarrie–the Musical as a “parodage”–a parody that also pays homage. What he respectfully ridicules in this Hell in a Handbag production (reworked from a successful late-night show) is Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie, about a bullied high school girl with telekinetic powers. For the homage part, […]

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Grant Park Orchestra

Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn but discovered his quintessentially American open and spacious sound in Paris, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger. He wrote everything from art songs to ballet scores to symphonic works, among them the infrequently performed but magnificent Quiet City, the first work on this program. Only 11 minutes long, it […]

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Gods of Love

Megan Wells’s solo piece based on the myth of Eros and Psyche should resonate with anyone in love, longing for a partner, or fearing a relationship’s demise. As a beautiful mortal betrays her immortal lover, the god of desire, Wells makes the story’s lust, passion, and love resonate with a contemporary audience. In an hour […]

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You Snooze, You Lose; But Hello Beautiful! Is Safe?; Don’t Judge Criticism by the Critics

You Snooze, You Lose There was a time when Jim Thompson must have admired Conrad Black’s chutzpah. The ex-governor joined the board of Hollinger International back in 1994, and he surely wouldn’t have stayed if he’d been offended by chairman Black’s arrogance and bravado. The makeup of the board Black chose–Thompson, Henry Kissinger, and Richard […]