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Monday, August 20, 2018

The play The Harvest and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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The Harvest - MICHAEL COURIER
  • MICHAEL COURIER
  • The Harvest

There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Queen Key at Summer Smash and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 08.17.18 at 06:00 AM

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There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Getting dizzy at Ravinia when the CSO plays Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo score

Posted By on 08.15.18 at 12:03 PM

COURTESY OF RAVINIA FESTIVAL
  • Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

OK, film fans: What does Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's hypnotic 1958 psychodrama and the current holder of the "Best Film Ever" title in the prestigious British Film Institute's critics' ranking, have in common with the flick it replaced at the top of that list, Citizen Kane?

Composer Bernard Herrmann.

Herrmann wrote the scores for both those films, and for a raft of other classics, including Psycho and Taxi Driver.

How much of a role did his music play in their success?

Herrmann could make even long takes of the 20th-century's iconic movie nice guy, Jimmy Stewart, cruising behind the wheel of a 1950s DeSoto, into menacing nail-biters. Tonight's program at the Ravinia Festival will  pull the curtain back and let you judge for yourself about this least recognized but arguably most important factor in film impact: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will play Herrmann's spell-casting Vertigo score as the film runs, both in the pavilion and on a giant lawn screen.

And Stewart's costar, the archetypal Hitchcock ice blond, Kim Novak (who survived both Hitch and—after her 2014 Oscars appearance—an infamous Trump tweet), is slated to be on hand to introduce the film.

It promises to be the best kind of audiovisual overload.

CSO: Vertigo Wed 8/15, 8 PM (park opens 5 PM), Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, 847-266-5100, ravinia.org, $25-$90, $25 lawn. 

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A psychedelic migraine on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 08.15.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Bill Connors
SHOW: Glyders, Flamingo Rodeo, Ruins, and Dehd Hed DJz at the Empty Bottle on Mon 8/27
MORE INFO: instagram.com/billconnors

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Folksinger Kristin Lems has been a favorite of the women’s movement—and of Dr. Demento

Posted By on 08.14.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Confest 2018 and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 08.13.18 at 06:00 AM

Pillowtalk, presented at Confest 2018 - WALTER WLODARCZYK
  • WALTER WLODARCZYK
  • Pillowtalk, presented at Confest 2018

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

R. Kelly’s Chicago studio and alleged ‘cult’ outpost for sale—with him in it

Posted By on 08.09.18 at 06:02 PM

The building in question, at 219 N. Justine - MAYA DUKMASOVA
  • Maya Dukmasova
  • The building in question, at 219 N. Justine

R. Kelly's Chicago studio at 219 N. Justine is listed for sale for nearly $4.5 million by the current owner, Wisconsin-based Midwest Commercial Funding LLC. The West Loop studio space, outfitted with window bars and surveillance cameras, is also the place where the R&B star has allegedly kept an entourage of women (other reporting has used the words "cult" or "harem") confined during his stints in the city.

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Lollapalooza beyond the stage [PHOTOS]

Posted By on 08.09.18 at 11:39 AM

You've seen the artists: Taylor Bennett's pyrotechnics, LL Cool J's dancers, St. Vincent's avant-garde stage presence. But away from the stage, there's another show that photographer Alison Green worked to capture, one of people looking after other people—in quiet moments and in moments of exhaustion—and even an inflatable whale.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rogers Park gets a new record store

Posted By on 08.08.18 at 08:00 AM

At first glance, you might not realize that Electric Jungle is a record store. - LEOR GALIL
  • Leor Galil
  • At first glance, you might not realize that Electric Jungle is a record store.

You could be forgiven for mistaking Electric Jungle for a gardening shop at first glance. Potted plants fill the windows of the new Rogers Park record store at 1768 W. Greenleaf, which opened without fanfare during the last weekend of July. The storefront is largely unadorned, though there's a small green sign on the front door with the shop's name and business hours. It's open just a fraction of the week: 2-7 PM on Tuesday and Thursday, and noon-7 PM on Friday and Saturday.

Owner John Ciba, who ran Logan Square record store Logan Hardware till it closed in May, says he started working toward opening Electric Jungle this past winter. He stayed mum about the shop's existence till this summer, when he changed the handle on Logan Hardware's Instagram account to "electricjunglechicago." In the meantime he'd been selling some of Logan Hardware's former inventory at pop-ups in Logan Arcade and the Virgin Hotels, which helped him zero in on what he wanted to do with Electric Jungle. "We're trying to rephrase record retail," he says.

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Too bad there’s no band called ‘Lockheed Constellation’ on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 08.08.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Daniel MacAdam
SHOW: The National at Lollapalooza on Fri 8/2
MORE INFO: crosshairchicago.com

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