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  • Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' swings with the best of them

    Disneynature's 'Monkey Kingdom' swings with the best of them
    Who can say no to a monkey movie? Resistance proves particularly futile when the production in question is as amusingly fascinating as "Monkey Kingdom," the latest entry from the ever-engaging Disneynature series of wildlife documentaries. Co-directed...
  • Review: 'Ex Machina'

    Review: 'Ex Machina'
    A grandly ridiculous theatrical tradition born in ancient Greece, deus ex machina meant, literally, a god borne by a machine descending from the sky to determine a story's outcome. The hardware in writer-director Alex Garland's crafty new thriller "Ex...
  • Catching up with Michael Torke and the Eroica Trio in Pasadena

    Catching up with Michael Torke and the Eroica Trio in Pasadena
    Michael Torke's "Winter Trio," which the Eroica Trio premiered at Caltech on Sunday afternoon, begins in an unusually melancholic mood. He is a composer known for bright, buoyant music. Here, however, he recalled the onset of winter in Milwaukee,...
  • Review: Bach Choir, LU Philharmonic concert is a joyful and rousing celebration

    Review: Bach Choir, LU Philharmonic concert is a joyful and rousing celebration
    It’s a good thing Baker Hall, in Zoellner Arts Center on the Lehigh University campus, has a big stage. There was little room to spare Friday night when the Lehigh University Philharmonic was joined by nearly 200 singers from the Bach Choir of...
  • Concert celebrates creative vitality of new Polish music

     Concert celebrates creative vitality of new Polish music
    Each year since 2005, Access Contemporary Music and the Chicago group's imaginative director, Seth Boustead, have worked with emerging composers from around the world on a commissioning project, Composer Alive, whose format is ideally suited to the...
  • Hilary Hahn was demanding, personal, excellent

    Hilary Hahn was demanding, personal, excellent
    Hilary Hahn's violin recital Sunday afternoon at Orchestra Hall brought a highly personal, demanding program superlatively played. And, yes, a Chicago audience – one that often is thought to respond only to a herd of warhorses - was with her all...
  • Review: 'Desert Dancer'

    Review: 'Desert Dancer'
    "So you are an artist," an Iranian member of the Basij, the country's paramilitary morality police, hisses at the hero of "Desert Dancer," who is about to be punished. "Beat him … artistically!" You have to get by the occasional risible moment of...
  • Unnerving consideration of artificial intelligence in 'Ex Machina'

    Unnerving consideration of artificial intelligence in 'Ex Machina'
    Shrewdly imagined and persuasively made, "Ex Machina" is a spooky piece of speculative fiction that's completely plausible, capable of both thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills. But even saying that doesn't do this quietly unnerving film...
  • 'The Herd': A family jokes its way through hell

    'The Herd': A family jokes its way through hell
    There is a storied, if recently dormant, tradition of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company picking up yearning new plays from small productions on the London fringes — emotional works about struggling, broken people — and then throwing its...
  • Review: Graceful 'An American in Paris' has pizazz and heart

    This season on Broadway features multiple musicals that are based on iconic films. One of the most sublime among them is surely "An American in Paris," inspired by the multiple Oscar-winning 1950 musical by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and brilliantly...
  • CJO, George Freeman make for a joyous jazz weekend

    CJO, George Freeman make for a joyous jazz weekend
    Every organization needs a home, and it's just possible that Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra has found one. On Saturday evening, the CJO — which has worked practically every venue in town since its founding in 1978 — played its...