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Has your ocean of love dried to a slow trickle? With Valentine's Day drawing near, you'd better jump ship before you have to buy an expensive gift. The Baton. If your soon-to-be ex is prone to melodrama, make sure you cut it off at this drag cabaret....
Running a large jazz ensemble is no easy task these days, if only because of the economics involved. So give Chicago tenor saxophonist Sam Burckhardt credit for having the gumption to lead a nonet, particularly one as disciplined as the band he...
Tribune arts criticChicago night life has regained its strut. Our clubs and cabarets are as rambunctious and (occasionally) bawdy as in pre-terrorist days maybe more so. Certainly the crowd that swarmed into Davenport's over the weekend looked and sounded as if it...
Special to the TribuneCommercials have us hooked. Just ask actor-director Terry Kinney. When he thinks about the latest cars, computers and high-tech gadgetry, he sees flashy, in-your-face advertising. He also sees addiction. "It's this consumer culture. We base so much of...
It all starts with a few mailers and a demo tape. Combined with a little persistence and a lot of luck, your band will be gigging in Chicago soon. Below is a short list of clubs, contact names and some hints on getting heard over all the noise. Abbey...
The Guide Abbey Pub 3420 W. Grace, Chicago, 60618 773-478-4408 Contact: Patrick Looney Turnaround time: Normally about a month, though it could well be longer. Kiss of death: Sending in a tape that's not representative of what you really sound like....
Tribune arts criticThe pleasant but lightweight show that singer Curtis Stigers played over the weekend at the Green Mill Jazz Club pointed to a performer who is not completely comfortable in a jazz setting. Though Stigers now records for the Concord Jazz label, he has...
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Tribune arts criticThe art of jazz singing sometimes seems perilously close to extinction, with major record companies routinely promoting vocalists of scant achievement, technique or individuality. But the two singers who beguiled listeners over the weekend went a long...
Tribune arts criticFor years, the ace Chicago guitarist John McLean has set aside one night of the holiday season to play purely for the benefit of others. His Toys for Tots show, which gathers up playthings for kids who need them, not surprisingly has become one of the...
Special to the TribuneIt's helpful to remember that before people were lining up around the corner in subzero temperatures to get into the Mighty Blue Kings weekly gigs at the Green Mill, band leader Ross Bon had been playing harmonica with drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, a...
http://entertainment.metromix.chicagotribune.com How to entertain Mom? Consider our picks for top Mother's Day outings (or see what else is going on). - "Y-Me Race Against Breast Cancer." Start the day on the right foot with the 5K run, or take it...
Special to the TribuneBecause low production budgets, tiny theaters and a festival experience are usually most palatable to the young and hungry, people typically associate fringe theater with those hoping to catch a ride into the mainstream. That's certainly the case with...
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