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Red Georgia Clay

Caitlin Montanye Parrish’s new play focuses on a teenage brother and sister from a small town in north Florida as they come to terms with the death of their monstrous father. Throw in a couple of similarly troubled sidekicks–a suicidal cutter and a persecuted gay guy–and you’ve got four very sad kids. And that’s about […]

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Intonation Music Festival

Pitchfork’s Intonation Music Festival features performances by bands and DJs on two stages at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. For more information see www.intonationmusicfest.com. SATURDAY 16 Main Stage 1:00 Head of Femur 1:30 Pelican 2:00 M’s 2:45 A.C. Newman 3:30 Magnolia Electric Co. (see Critic’s Choice) 4:30 Four Tet (see Critic’s Choice) 5:30 Broken Social […]

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Wedding Crashers

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are enormously funny in this farce about two divorce mediators in the D.C. area who spend their leisure time crashing big weddings so they can seduce unescorted women. The early scenes deliver some rich send-ups of wedding culture (killing time during the ceremony, they bet on which tired Bible reading […]

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Oh No

Outside family acts, most artists diligently try to avoid associations with more successful siblings who work in the same field, but hip-hop producer and MC Oh No, aka Michael Jackson, seems to have no such qualms. His brother Otis, aka Madlib, produced five tracks on Jackson’s terrific 2004 debut, The Disrupt (Stones Throw), and Madlib […]

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Think About It

In your July 8 issue M. Swigart [Letters] wrote: “I can’t believe that anyone with intact thought processes would consider Jesus ‘wimpy’” [“Let’s Hear it for the Loving Wimpy Jesus,” July 1]. I can’t believe that anyone with intact thought processes would consider Jesus at all. D. Sparks Rogers Park

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Daara J

For all the talk about the international reach of hip-hop, Americans rarely get to hear examples of it from different countries; the Senegalese trio Daara J is the first overseas hip-hop act not from England or France that’s made much of a splash here. That makes sense: though their multilingual rhymes are only sprinkled with […]

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Overwintering

Writer-performers Patrick McKenna and Ian Eastin have no idea where this hapless 50-minute buddy-bonding comedy is going. That much is obvious in the sloppy writing, unfocused performances, and stunningly inconclusive nonending, which in effect undermines everything that came before. McKenna plays an agoraphobic workaholic and Eastin is his predictable opposite, a risk-taking dreamer who supposedly […]

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Magnolia Electric Co.

Back in 2003 Jason Molina 86ed the name of his long-running band, Songs: Ohia, telling me at the time that he planned to start using an ever-changing array of descriptors preceding “Electric Co.” It’d then be clear, he argued, that though there was a certain consistency to the band–i.e., him–the lineup was in constant flux. […]

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Dave’s True Story

Since the late 90s the New York trio Dave’s True Story has been outfitting pop jazz with ironic lyrics, a tactic that’s prompted one critic to describe the group as “Cole Porter meets Seinfeld.” But the sly and languorous songs on Nature (BePop), their fourth album, still sound deeply engaged with the world and its […]

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All’s Well That Ends Well

Few Shakespeare productions gallop at half the pace director Jeff Harnish sets in this Velvet Willies production. That swiftness gives an apt giddiness to Helena’s headlong quest to wed the haughty Bertram, who flees the country after being betrothed to her by the king. But keeping the show on fast-forward not only creates a uniform […]

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Dungen

Twentysomething Swede Gustav Ejstes was born years after the heyday of the music he reworks under the name Dungen, but though his songs constantly reference 60s psychedelia it never sounds like he’s imitating anybody. Dungen’s third album, Ta det lungt, released last year on the Swedish label Subliminal Sounds and out next month on Kemado, […]