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Perfect Strangers

The opening track of the Perfect Strangers’ self-titled 2003 debut, “Sing Me a Song (That’ll Just Keep Me Lonesome),” grafts dolorous lyrics to a buoyant waltz cadence–a juxtaposition that shows just how well this quintet of veterans, led by violinist Chris Brashear, understands bluegrass. Even the most mournful bluegrass was intended as party music, and […]

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Riverview Music Festival

The Riverview Music Festival, a benefit for the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, features music, food, and children’s activities on the campus of DeVry University, 3300 N. Campbell. Admission for each day is $20; children get in for $5. For more information call 773-463-5392. FRIDAY 19 5:45 Nicholas Tremulis 7:15 Liquid Soul 9:00 Poi Dog […]

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Beyond Therapy

What Christopher Durang calls his “sunniest” play (relatively speaking, of course–on his brightest day he’s 20 shades darker than Neil Simon) confirms that therapists are crazier than anyone. Prudence and Bruce, brought together by a personal ad, negotiate their relationship with, or despite, the help of batty shrinks. Though Durang’s absurd conversation (“I don’t think […]

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My Life in Jeopardy

Finally! Someone steps forward to blow the lid off the hidden underworld of Jeopardy! fanatics. In this intimate, often hilarious solo performance, computer programmer and Alex Trebek worshipper Scott Hermes traces his growing addiction to nerdish tests of brain power, from a small-time quiz show in Schenectady through seven-tile, triple-word-score Scrabble gambits and on to […]

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The Ticket

This Studio Z production supposedly combines a multimedia approach with elements of commedia dell’arte and long-form improvisation to tell the wacky story of a traffic ticket and its far-reaching ramifications. At least that’s what the program says. In truth, this is just another amateurish improv show featuring awkward performances lacking in confidence and comedy, punctuated […]

Posted inColumns & Opinion

Savage Love

You rarely answer questions of etiquette in your column, unlike so many of your advice-giving peers. Here’s one for you: I’ve been in a casual sexual relationship with this girl for about four months. (Two months ago we talked about it, reaffirming that all either of us wanted was the casual sex.) I’ve grown weary […]

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Dwight Yoakam

At the turn of the century Dwight Yoakam ended his 15-year relationship with Warner Brothers Records; after releasing one album on Audium, 2003’s Population Me, he also parted with longtime producer Pete Anderson. Given all that rejiggering I figured he’d take a few chances on his latest album, the self-produced Blame the Vain (New West), […]

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Single File

This annual festival of solo performance, now in its fourth year, features more than 20 pieces by local, national, and international artists. It runs 8/18-8/28 at the Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, and Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20 per show; $12 for students. Tickets for Breadline shows can be purchased by […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Look Before You Leap

I very much enjoyed Kristin Ostberg’s “Tales From the Frontier” [August 12]. John Edel, the subject of the piece, is to be commended for his work on the old Lowe Brothers paint warehouse–he is a model of vision, diligence and is worthy of great respect. In my limited real estate development experience, I believe that […]

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Mix Emotions

Shortly after reading a piece on the mix-tape scavenger hunt [“Never Mind LimeWire,” August 12], I was walking down Leavitt, and my boyfriend noticed a faint stencil on a metal shelf attached to an abandoned building. Upon closer inspection, we saw a blue mix tape peeking out of the shelf. We were with my younger […]