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Wadada Leo Smith

Long one of the most open-minded and adventurous trumpeters in improvised music, Wadada Leo Smith has been on an especially eclectic streak in recent years. He reconvened his Yo Miles! project with guitarist Henry Kaiser for last year’s Upriver (Cuneiform), the latest in a series of investigations of Miles Davis’s electric period. On 2003’s Luminous […]

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Global Lens 2006

Presented by Cinema/Chicago, this series of international films screens Friday, May 5, through Friday, May 12, at Landmark’s Century Centre. Tickets are $9, $6 for Cinema/Chicago members; a $30 festival pass is good for four admissions, or six admissions for members. For passes or more information visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com. FRIDAY 5 Max and Mona Teddy Mattera […]

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Willie White

If Chicago is no longer the home of the blues, it’s because much of what’s played here panders to predominantly white stereotypes about “authenticity”–the north-side clubs and the few blues-oriented studios that are still around stick to the 12-bar, shuffle-driven, guitar-and-harmonica-dominated postwar sound popularized by the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Much of […]

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Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart’s satirical 2002 best seller, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, charted the travails of a transparently autobiographical hero named Vladimir Girshkin: he emigrates to the U.S. from Leningrad in 1978, just like Shteyngart did, and spends the balance of his life failing to assimilate. Shteyngart ups the ante in his new novel, Absurdistan (Random House). […]

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Fashion Trade

Dear Ms. True, I am writing in response to Liz Armstrong’s article “Let’s Get Lost” [Chicago Antisocial, April 28]. I found Ms. Armstrong’s personal opinions posing as a review of the Artist vs. Artisan Re-Fashion Show to be distasteful and unfounded. The Artist vs. Artisan project has unmatchable merit in its field, and the concept […]

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Willy’s Cut and Shine

In Michael Bradford’s rich play, five African-American men witness a murder outside a barbershop in 1950 Georgia. All are weary of fighting for dignity in a racist world, but only one argues for action against the white killer while the others are afraid to speak out. Bradford captures the experiences of different generations of black […]

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Denny Zeitlin Trio

Last year’s Solo Voyage (MaxJazz), the most recent release from pianist Denny Zeitlin, is a solo disc and a significant departure from what he’ll present at Jazz Showcase with his long-running trio, but the differences help reveal the sweep of his talent and restless imagination. The trio format has defined almost all the music that […]

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PR in the News

Michael, One of the problems with VNRs is that many stations–who are indeed trying to present the news–are also trying to fill their newscasts [Hot Type, April 28]. Whether due to being in a small market where there just isn’t much out there to fill 22 minutes or being in any market where the ownership […]

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Rainer Maria

Predictably enough, indie twits en masse struck Caithlin De Marrais from their crush lists after Rainer Maria’s 2003 album, Long Knives Drawn. No longer content to poetically twinkle amid Kyle Fischer’s guitars, the singer began to articulate her personal and sexual prerogatives–something that was bound to happen to a nice midwestern girl who’d moved to […]

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Cross Words

Greetings: This message is for Ben Tausig, editor of the Reader crossword puzzles. In the April 21 puzzle, “Mixed Drinks,” the clue for 37 down was “Bingo call.” The only answer that fit in the puzzle was “ITEN” (I 10), and that indeed is what is given as the answer this week. However, that is […]

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Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

The sixth annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, at Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western. Screenings are by video projection, and each program totals four hours; for more information visit www.arsenalmagazine.net/filmfest. Saturday’s program begins at 7 PM and includes short works from the Argentinean media collective Grupo Alavio; […]

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Version>06: Parallel Cities

Lumpen and Public Media Institute produce this annual festival, now in its fifth year, focusing on radical art, media, technology, and politics, with an emphasis on work generated by underground and activist communities. This year’s festival continues through Sunday, May 7, in Bridgeport and scattered other locations and includes neighborhood tours, workshops, numerous public art […]

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Mahagonny

Experimental filmmaker Harry Smith conceived the film he considered his magnum opus for four 16-millimeter projectors, each filling a different quadrant of the screen; this posthumous 35-millimeter version combines the images into one strip with a cold precision he might not have appreciated. Inspired by the Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht opera that provides the […]

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The Straight Dope

After watching countless spy movies, westerns, and TV cop shows, I wonder: how easy is it to knock someone out by smacking them on the back of the head with a pistol, club, etc? Since I’m not willing to act as a test subject, although I’m pretty sure I’d have plenty of volunteers willing to […]