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Marky

Marky 3919 N. Lincoln 773-248-1500 Marky Bielat trained as an accountant in her native Czech Republic because her mother, a fashion designer, thought she should have a stable job. But last year, with the help of her uncle (a distributor of luxury shoes), she started a home-based business specializing in high-end Spanish and Italian shoe […]

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Mi & L’au, In the Country

MI & L’AU’s beatific backstory tends to precede them. Mira Romantschuk (aka Mi), a gorgeous waif from Finland conversant in six languages, was working as a model in Paris when she met Laurent Leclere (aka L’au), a sound-track musician. They fell in love, Mi picked up French, and together they moved to a remote cabin […]

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Savage Love

I generally don’t agree with the advice you give, but I need help and I can’t talk to my friends. About two months ago I broke off a relationship with a guy I had been seeing for about seven years. I’m only 24 years old, and I needed to explore other fish in the sea. […]

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

A contemporary western with political overtones and acerbic gallows humor, Tommy Lee Jones’s first theatrical feature as director (2005) is impressive. Inspired by the unpunished 1997 killing of 18-year-old Ezequiel Hernandez Jr., the script by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros) concerns the accidental and unpunished shooting of the title character, a Mexican ranch hand (Julio Cesar […]

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Snips

[snip] And any one of them can cancel out your vote. Kevin Coyle, author of Environmental Literacy in America, quoted at worldchanging.com, finds “a persistent pattern of environmental ignorance even among the most educated and influential members of society.” Actually, ignorance may be too weak a word. The U.S. population is 298 million, and 45 […]

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A Number

Spare in language and rich in ideas, Caryl Churchill’s 2002 one-act marks her continuing evolution from sprawling examinations of sexual and class politics like Top Girls and Cloud Nine to less overtly political but absolutely chilling portraits of the tangled impulses underlying relationships. Human cloning is the engine driving the play’s plot, but Churchill’s double- […]

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The Treatment

Friday 3 RICHARD BUCKNER Though Richard Buckner’s recordings are indelibly gorgeous and uniformly brilliant, they lack the ache and vitriol of his live shows: his voice runs rawer, his southern accent is more audible, and there’s a touch of holler that pitches his songs more toward bleak Americana, to some territory past insurgent country and […]

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Catfish Haven

In the last year and a half Catfish Haven have gone from relatively unknown to so ubiquitous it seems you can’t go to a show without catching them. After an appearance at last year’s SXSW, which set their hype ship afloat, these hirsute locals were courted by indie labels across the country and eventually signed […]

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Run for Your Wife

Mayhem ensues in Ray Cooney’s well-crafted farce when a bigamist cabdriver gets into an accident, forcing him into an ever expanding web of lies to his wives, two police departments, and the press. The cast maintains the necessary breakneck pace and split-second timing; J. Ben Parker does a particularly hilarious job as the cabbie’s well-meaning […]

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The Chopin Playoffs

With its plodding pace and amateurish acting, Chicago Jewish Theatre’s local premiere of Israel Horovitz’s play is reminiscent of a beginning pianist plinking his way through “Chopsticks.” The third installment in Horovitz’s trilogy about Jewish boys coming of age is ostensibly a comedy, but directors Elayne and Brian LeTraunik give us little cause to laugh […]

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The Blue-Collar Surrealist

“That weird dog boy” is how Milwaukee-area artist Fred Stonehouse refers to the figure in Perko, one of his 13 bizarre paintings and drawings at Gescheidle. And why are hot water bottles floating above the pine trees? “They’re vessels, like bladders and stomachs,” he says. “Earlier I was doing paintings of see-through mythical animals, showing […]