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Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Art Review

To paraphrase Chicago's adopted art star and provocateur Jeff Koons, if his work doesn't reach viewers through the intellect, it'll grab them by the genitals. At the very least, the Museum of Contemporary Art's comprehensive survey of the artist's iconic sculptural works, new paintings and companion exhibit, "Everything's Here: Jeff Koons and his experience of Chicago," engage the viewer in myriad ways, not all of them prurient.
08.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
More than most, I understand that vocals are a matter of taste. I can barely listen to great albums by great bands like The Decemberists, The Hold Steady and Twilight Sad simply because those bands' respective singers make me cringe. So those who can't get into Jaguar Love because of singer Johnny Whitney's, uh, "unorthodox" voice have my sympathy. Whitney's girlish, helium ...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7 p.m.

Since their mid-’90s inception, Chicago staples Kill Hannah have been a music lover’s modern-rock band, drawing from a plethora of ’80s and ’90s subgenres of underground music, like goth and industrial, and packaging the end product in a flashy, glam-pop coat. Their latest album, Until There’s Nothing Left of Us . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Theater Review

Soulstice Theatre takes the gritty, sexy musical Chicago into a strange dimension of Victoria's Secret lingerie-lots of it. Ambitious director/choreographer Michael Endter floods the old school gymnasium with black lace, long legs, bare chests and plumped cleavages. He's done an amazing job keeping the action moving, drilling intricate Fosse-like moves into his cast of variably-skilled but uniformly game performers. Lighting designer David Carter has miraculously transformed the gym into a glitzy nightclub.
08.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The lobby of the 342 North Water Street Building appeared to be under heavy construction. The stairs and much of the rest of the lobby were behind caution tape. It took a trip to the elevators to get to the Off-Broadway Theatre on the second floor, bringing attendees to the first evening of this year’s Milwaukee’s Sketch and Improv Comedy Fest perilously close to the distinctive smell of hair ...
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Plain White T's, The Wailers

Through some accidental blip in the space-time continuum, Plain White T’s have been booked again at Summerfest again this year, well after radio stations all over the country finally killed their overplayed single “Hey There Delilah.” The Chicago group, which started as a pop-punk outfit but has since tried...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

The Chicago-by-way-of-Hawaii jam/folk/pop/world music ensemble Poi Dog Pondering has kept a low profile in recent years, but this month they returned with a new album, 7, which adds a healthy dash of soul to their already eclectic sound. They’ll cover plenty of material from that album when they play an 8 p.m. . .
04.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Aisha Motlani
  Ever heard of the terms “Thin Urbanism” or “Thick Urbanism”? They were used by Sarah Dunn, one half of the husband and wife UrbanLab architecture team based in Chicago, when she came to deliver a lecture to students at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning on Friday afternoon. She began her lecture by introducing the idea of thin and thick urbanism in terms that,...
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008

Sat. Jan. 5

The Miramar Theatre, 9 p.m. All Afrobeat bands owe some debt to genre pioneer Fela Kuti, but the Chicago Afrobeat Project is particularly beholden to his legacy.

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