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Earth, Wind, and Tires

In “Borderlands,” a series of lush, almost surreal large-format images at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Eirik Johnson presents urban and near urban areas that have largely been abandoned to nature. Often one wonders about the story behind what’s shown. In Untitled (Sweater), an orange sweater and a brown shirt are tied together and stretched […]

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Snips

[snip] Park the space shuttle already, argues Maciej Ceglowski at idlewords.com. It’s expensive, dangerous, and pointless, while comparatively cheap unmanned probes of Mars, Titan, and various comets are making valuable scientific discoveries. NASA clings to its mission of “exploration,” citing the European voyages of discovery 500 years ago. But as Ceglowski notes, “The great explorers […]

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The Treatment

Friday 2 BODEANS Summer festivals and “pavilions” are the natural habitat of this Milwaukee institution, which is pushing a new album, the two-CD set Homebrewed: Live at the Pabst (Back Porch). The record collects their greatest hits in a way that’s so frighteningly slick that it doesn’t sound “live” so much as “high-definition”–anthem after anthem […]

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Soweto Kinch

Continuing the age-old jazz tradition of using pop currents for improvisational navigation, a handful of American jazz musicians have embraced the rhythms of hip-hop, starting with altoist Steve Coleman in the 80s and continuing through to trumpeter Maurice Brown in this decade. Recently some British players have taken this synthesis a step further, expanding the […]

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El crimen perfecto

A dapper salesman in a Madrid department store (Guillermo Toledo) lives a life of consumerist splendor, parading around in the latest fashions and bedding his beautiful clerks in the furniture department, but after he’s passed over for a promotion his resentment draws him into a tangle of criminal intrigue. Spanish cult director Alex de la […]

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The Reader’s Guide to the 27th Annual Jazz Festival

As usual the Chicago Jazz Festival is recognizing a few big-name anniversaries–40 years of the AACM, 70 of Down Beat magazine, and what would’ve been Charlie Parker’s 85th birthday–and celebrating a handful of jazz greats both living and dead. (This year it’s Roy Haynes and Eddie Johnson in the former category and Tony Williams, Charlie […]