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Man of La Mancha

Charles Newell’s staging reveals Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion’s 1965 musical version of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote to be a muscular, moving meditation on the battle between imagination and autocracy. Thanks to John Culbert’s breathtakingly gloomy prison set, Cervantes’ struggle against the Inquisition genuinely engulfs him. A small-scale orchestra under music director […]

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Every time I listen to Metric’s 2003 debut, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (Everloving), I have a vivid flashback: I’m standing around in a loud, crowded club, staring at the latest suicide bomb carnage in Iraq on the TV above the bar, which is being narrated by the thump-thump-thump from the DJ booth. […]

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Mark Dresser, Lou Mallozzi & Frances-Marie Uitti

Countless classical virtuosos have proven that all the technical brilliance in the world doesn’t guarantee the ability to improvise. Chicago-born cellist Frances-Marie Uitti is one of the few musicians who can walk both walks. Now based in Amsterdam, she’s highly sought after in contemporary music circles, and prominent composers like Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, and […]

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Percy Sledge

At his best, Percy Sledge combines a keening, tear-swollen tenor and an unreconstructed backwoods drawl to express an abjection so deep it sounds almost sainted. That vulnerability is famously on display in his breakout 1966 hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” but it’s there in lesser-known gems too, like his 1967 take on the […]

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Music Box Massacre

Presented by the Music Box and Movieside Film Festival, this 24-hour marathon of horror movies begins at noon on Saturday, October 15, in the Music Box’s main theater, 3733 N. Southport. Tickets for the whole marathon are $24, and ticket holders may leave and reenter the theater. Showtimes are approximate; for more information call 773-871-6604 […]

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Benefits for Hurricane Survivors

Numerous live music and theater performances are being held in the Chicago area to raise money for survivors of the recent gulf coast catastrophe. Here are this week’s benefit shows; see the roundup at for events taking place next week and beyond. FRIDAY 14 Anti-Cruelty Society Gala Anti-Cruelty Society, 510 N. LaSalle, 312-644-8338 6:00 […]

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Chris Elliott

Slacker antihero Chris Elliott put himself on the pop-culture map with recurring appearances on Late Night With David Letterman, starring roles in Get a Life and Cabin Boy, and his buddy/villain turn in There’s Something About Mary. But he’s been a writer from the get-go–for Late Night and SNL in addition to his own vehicles–which […]

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St. Colm’s Inch

In Robert Koon’s new play, the stranger who comes to town is death, and the focus is its impact on the dead woman’s ex-husband and sister. John Dewey is a professor burdened with the philosopher’s name who was cashiered for plagiarizing and handled his disgrace by drinking and wrecking his marriage to Marie. Though he […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story According to University of Arizona biologist John Alcock (interviewed for a Knight Ridder story in August), the longest-lasting copulation in the animal kingdom is that of the stick insect, which can go on for several months. The male stick insect, about half the size of the female, attaches himself to his partner’s back […]