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A View From the Bridge

In Arthur Miller’s proletarian tragedy, Eddie’s a longshoreman with a profound case of the hots for his niece, Catherine, whom he raised from childhood to her current state of ripeness. When she falls for a young immigrant, Eddie doesn’t take it well. At all. Miller’s attempt to apply Aristotelian conventions to 1950s Brooklyn backfires at […]

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In 50 blistering minutes the four unnamed characters delivering Sarah Kane’s prose poem, talking against rather than with one another, manage to distill all their individual and collective existential struggles. If they all seem to be operating on the knife-edge of sanity, it’s because their subjects are maddening: how and why to stay alive amid […]

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The Straight Dope

Is there any basis to accusations of Coca-Cola’s having tortured, killed, or otherwise violated the human rights of workers in Latin America? I am a student in college and have heard much mention of these supposed “facts.” I am not sure what to make of them, and am wondering if you could reveal the truth. […]

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A Few Good Men

Torture by the military? A cover-up by officers desperate to blame underlings? Soldiers’ religious fervor threatening discipline and decency? Aaron Sorkin must have written this crackerjack 1987 courtroom drama using a crystal ball. But his tribunal eventually delivers the rare pleasure of watching corrupt higher-ups face the music. Michael Menendian’s staging crackles in all the […]

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Dulce Pontes

Portuguese singer Dulce Pontes (pronounced “doolz pontch”) got her start fronting a rock band at 16, and by her early 20s she was a poofy-haired singer chasing pop stardom. She placed eighth in the 1991 Eurovision song contest and followed that modest success with a solo debut, Lusitana (1992), that was brimming with enough treacle […]

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Flower 15

The booking agency Flowerbooking celebrates its 15th anniversary with eight shows in six days at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Proceeds go to the charity Possibilities in Life: Art for Youth, which provides art and music classes for abused children in Chicago-area foster care. For details call 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212 or go to TUESDAY 8 […]

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Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar’s associations with Yehudi Menuhin, the Beatles, and Philip Glass made him the best-known Hindustani classical musician in the world, but it’s worth remembering that it was his skill and standing within that tradition that made him so sought after in the first place. The records he made in the 50s and 60s showcased […]

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The Holy Ghostly

Sam Shepard’s 1969 drama is set in the lonely American desert badlands, home to witches garbed in coyote skins and demons who hiss like rattlesnakes. Here a dying man struggles to connect with his estranged son, their conflicts exacerbated by the father’s refusal to surrender to death even after being confronted by his own corpse. […]

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Chicago Humanities Festival

The 16th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, this year themed “Home and Away,” continues through 11/13, offering dozens of lectures, readings, and discussions by an international coterie of writers, artists, and scholars as well as film screenings and theatrical and musical performances. All programs are $5 in advance, $6 (cash only) at the door, unless otherwise […]

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Arto Lindsay

Few musicians sound more at home with the idea of globalism than New York singer and guitarist Arto Lindsay, who embodies the “cultural cannibalism” of Brazil’s late-60s tropicalia movement. The son of missionaries, he was born in the U.S. and grew up in northern Brazil, and perhaps as a result he’s a true polyglot, with […]