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Monday, January 31, 2011

Frank Rosaly and the Lost Sounds of Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons

Posted By on 01.31.11 at 03:24 PM

Tonight at the Skylark, superb local percussionist Frank Rosaly debuts a good-looking quintet called Green and Gold, which he formed to play the music made in the 60s by the duo of reedists Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons. Lasha, best known as a flute player, was born in Forth Worth, Texas, but moved to California in the 50s, alongside fellow free-jazz travelers and former Texans like Ornette Coleman, John Carter, and Bobby Bradford. He died in 2008, and sadly he's been all but forgotten. Last year Dusty Groove reissued his album Insight, a 1966 date recorded live in London.

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One Origin Jewelry

Posted By on 01.31.11 at 01:57 PM

The Veiled necklace from One Origin Jewelry
  • The Veiled necklace from One Origin Jewelry
Viviana Langhoff, the designer behind One Origin Jewelry, hits a sweet spot with work that melds opulence, offbeat design, and eco-conscious materials. From etched pieces made of recycled postconsumer metals to more visceral adornments of animal bones, her work reflects her interests: archaeology, travel, and religious traditions, to name a few. The result is a varied collection, which makes branding difficult: “We're still looking at where the cohesion comes in,” she laughs.

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Morning Art: Tomas Vu

Posted By on 01.31.11 at 09:30 AM

Flatland, by Tomas Vu, part of When After Comes Before, a show of work with Phillip Chen on display through 2/12 at Columbia College's Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash, 312-369-8687.

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Our Father Who Art 100

Posted By on 01.31.11 at 08:30 AM

Thinking about Ronald Reagan is hard because he eludes conventional categories. His younger son, Ron, just published a quizzical memoir, My Father at 100, that according to New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani “underscores the bafflement of his own children.” The author wrote, “His children, if they were being honest, would agree that he was as strange a fellow as any of us had ever met. Not darkly strange, mind you. In fact, he was so naturally sunny, so utterly without guile, so devoid of cynicism or pettiness as to create for himself a whole new category of strangeness.”

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Friday, January 28, 2011

This Week in Food & Drink: Haitian on Howard, Grahamwich, Key Ingredient guaje seeds, an empanada express, and more

Posted By on 01.28.11 at 04:23 PM

In Omnivorous Mike Sula profiles Violette Adrien of Chez Violette, a new restaurant in West Rogers Park that's one of few in the city to offer Haitian food. Adrien, who trained at Kendall College, made her name with her pâtés, flaky turnovers much beloved by her countrymen—"If you don't have it at parties it is not Haitian," she says.

Sula also reviews Grahamwich, Graham Elliot’s faddish new cash-only River North sandwich shop, finding that though the celeb chef's put his distinctive touch on archetypes such as the banh mi, Reuben, and grilled cheese, that’s not such a good thing. Neither are sporks.

In Key Ingredient Mike Sheerin, the longtime Blackbird chef who’s currently serving as a consulting chef for Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana, takes on dried guaje seeds, which he put to use by grinding them and using them as an accent in smoked whitefish with bamboo rice, beets in guaje-seed streusel, and curry Dijon. Next up is his brother Patrick, executive chef at the Signature Room, working with hops pellets. "Anytime I get a chance to call him out, I do," says Mike.

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Rahm's Ballot Return: The World Reacts

Posted By on 01.28.11 at 04:14 PM

Pundits, pols, and bloggers from all over are watching our mayoral race like they have the right to comment on it or something. A sampling of not-so-local flavors:

— White House President Barack Obama (who currently doesn't live in Chicago most of the time) won't pick a favorite for the Super Bowl but is totally fine with publicly supporting Rahm—which helps the candidate make better campaign commercials.

— The Awl's Choire Sicha is glad nobody's died during the riots here. (The cannonballs also harmed no one.)

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Dinner & a Show: Friday 1/28

Posted By on 01.28.11 at 03:49 PM

  • Howard Schatzburg
  • Pilobolus
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Show: Pilobolus "Mining Pilobolus's roots in comedy, Rushes creates a surreal world featuring creeping figures, a mysterious suitcase, and flashing dream images—an ear unlocked with a key, a butterfly caught in a web, a chair with bat wings," writes Laura Molzahn. "Its gentle whimsy is light-years removed from the almost sadistic physical comedy of Walklyndon, also on the bill. Created in 1971 by founders Wolken, Barnett, Lee Harris, and Moses Pendleton, it objectifies the human form in trademark Pilobolusian style, turning a dancer into a teeter-totter. Duet (1992), Gnomen (1997), and Wolken's acrobatic Redline (2009) complete the evening."

$25-$55, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777

Dinner: Chicago Curry House "The folks behind Highwood’s Curry Hut didn’t do themselves any favors by hiding Chicago Curry House, a white table-paper Nepalese-Indian spot, on the ground floor of a South Loop building surrounded by residential permit parking. But the menu is virtually identical to the mothership’s—that is, a huge selection of familiar northern Indian dishes and a handful of Nepalese specialties, which emphasize ginger and garlic over the chiles and dairy of the more southerly regions," writes Mike Sula.

899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-362-9999,

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This Week in Reader Music

Posted By on 01.28.11 at 02:41 PM

I know you're probably diligently following the news coming out of Egypt, not ignoring the history being made at this very minute in favor of, say, snark about Charlie Sheen. But if you decide to take a break from the incredible, heavy shit going down, you could do a lot worse than reading Michaelangelo Matos's informative piece about the evolution of attitudes toward disco in this week's Reader. You might also want to check out Gossip Wolf on Ga'an, American Heritage, and a pretty bonkers-looking EPMD event coming up in Chicago. And my reviews of recent releases from Smith Westerns, Kid Sister, the Eternals, Otter Petter, and Santah. And maybe check the List for upcoming shows to hit up.

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Morning Art: Roxane Hopper

Posted By on 01.28.11 at 09:23 AM

Frost (Evening Mirror), a photo by Roxane Hopper, part of Midwinter: Embrace the Darkness, a group show on display through 3/2 at Columbia College Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash, 312-369-6643.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rahm Stays on Ballot; Justices Rage: Read All About It

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 09:51 PM

Justice Thomas
  • Justice Thomas
If our jurists weren't so darned fancy with their language, we might more often notice them calling each other knaves and liars.

Thursday, the justices of the Illinois Supreme Court weren't so fancy. They unanimously ruled that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot as a candidate for mayor of Chicago. Here's their ruling. Read it.

They got very unpleasant.

The majority, justices Thomas, Thomas Kilbride, Rita Garman, Lloyd Karmeier, and Mary Jane Theis, either found Monday's appellate ruling that, by a two-to-one margin, briefly tossed Emanuel off the ballot genuinely contemptible, or they felt scorn would bulwark their argument. Justice Bob Thomas, a former Bears placekicker, wrote the ruling as if channeling Mike Ditka.

Thomas asserted that residency law in Illinois was settled from 1867 through January 24 of this year, that is, until the appellate court "issued its decision and announced that it was no longer bound by any of the law cited above....but was instead free to craft its own original standard." Much more sarcasm and ridicule ensued. Wrote Thomas, blowing off the appellate court, "Its reasons for departing from over 100 years of settled residency law are hardly compelling and deserve only brief attention."

Justices Anne Burke and Charles Freeman concurred in the majority's conclusion that Emanuel should be restored to the ballot. But they not only disagreed with the majority's reasoning but denounced it. "The tone taken by the majority today is unfortunate," they declared, because residency law in Illinois is anything but clear. The majority said otherwise, but "this is simply not true." In the view of the dissenting justices, the majority dealt with inconvenient precedents by ignoring them. And as for the tone it took — shameful. "Spirited debate plays an essential role in legal discourse," they wrote. "But the majority opinion here and the appellate dissent cross the line. Inflammatory accusations serve only to damage the integrity of the judiciary and lessen the trust which the public places in judicial opinions."

The last time Thomas was hammered that hard in print, it was by a newspaper columnist in Kane County. Thomas sued him.

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