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Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival

The Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival features performances at Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island at Burnham Harbor. Tickets are $29.50; for more information call 312-540-2667. SATURDAY 20 1:45 Alternate Routes 2:15 Small Town Workers 2:55 As Fast As 3:35 Ludo 4:15 Southland 4:55 Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers 5:35 State Radio 6:15 Michael Tolcher […]

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Marc-Andre Hamelin

Though little-known in Chicago, Canadian Marc-Andre Hamelin is one of the most technically phenomenal pianists playing anywhere today. His shockingly underattended Ravinia recital last summer was a revelation: the Ives Concord Sonata was brilliant, and the Schumann Fantasy was so riveting I don’t think anyone in the room breathed. He’s also fascinating to watch, hardly […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Scientists at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research in Pittsburgh announced in June that they had successfully revived dogs that had been clinically dead–no heartbeat, breathing, or brain activity–for as long as three hours, a new record. The dogs had had the blood drained from their bodies and replaced with an ice-cold saline […]

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Jennifer Stevenson

Jennifer Stevenson’s 2004 debut, Trash Sex Magic (Small Beer Press), is in fact most trashy, sexy, and magical, and even a little creepy–but inventive and engaging from start to finish. Set in fictional Berne, Illinois, on the Fox River, the book stars a pair of trailer-dwelling heroines, mother and daughter Gelia and Raedawn Somershoe. Still […]

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Open-Air Screenings

All movies are free and, unless otherwise noted, will be screened by video projection. For full capsule reviews, visit www.chicagoreader.com/movies. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The 1960 version, directed by Michael Curtiz. 107 min. Thu 8/25, 7 PM, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1827 S. Indiana, 312-745-0040. Daddy Day Care PG, 93 min. Thu 8/25, […]

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Pelican

This local four-piece belongs to the small but growing class of metal bands approved for use by sensitive indie rockers, due in part to the absence of vocals–without the usual snarling and spitting to make them sound angry, even Pelican’s most brutal riffs feel impersonal in their staggering power, like weather systems. There’s only one […]

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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 […]