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DAFNIS PRIETO QUINTET

Since moving to New York in 1999 Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto has worked with Latin jazz heavyweights like Eddie Palmieri and Bebo Valdes as well as vanguard modernists like Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman. It’s easy to hear why: he’s a prodigiously gifted technician who’s distilled a world of rhythms into a signature style that […]

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Cuadecuc-Vampir

The first word in the title of Pere Portabella’s ravishing 1970 underground masterpiece, made in Spain while General Francisco Franco was still in power and shown clandestinely, means both “worm’s tail” and the unexposed footage at the end of film reels. The film is a silent black-and-white documentary about the shooting of Jesus Franco’s Count […]

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What’s New: Nuevo Latino Kicked up a Notch, Fresh Southern Italian, and Napa Aspirations in Edgewater

DeLaCosta 465 E. Illinois 312-464-1700 If you can get past the aggressive hipness of the new hot spot DeLaCosta, with its icky-sweet signature “poptails” (fruity cocktails garnished with boozy popsicles), loungey see-and-be-seen “solarium,” and curtained cabanas for private dining, you’ll find a very good restaurant. For his first Chicago venture, celebrated chef and James Beard […]

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Carol Bui

Carol Bui’s full-length debut, This Is How I Recover (released on her Drunken Butterfly label), stands up to and often surpasses the work of her avowed influences–Jeff Buckley, Throwing Muses, Mary Timony–and its angular guitars call to mind Bellini and Victory at Sea, two more of her favorites. The 25-year-old D.C. native plays introspective songs […]