5HE Spotlights Great Music, Plight of Cats Alexander Hough Don’t be fooled by the kneading paws or the eighteen hours of sleep per day; cats haven’t had it easy. In 1232 Pope Gregory IX declared them tools of the devil. They were burned alive as part of Queen Elizabeth I’s coronation. Even today, conscientious animal

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Haute Rats Doyle Armbrust There’s no shortage of comic-books-to-big-screen adaptations, from the absinthe-riddled From Hell to the guilty superhero pleasures of Iron Man. But with Black Violet, Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) reimagines the graphic novel in an original way. Since it began in 2005, the creative new-music ensemble has infused its diverse programs with

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Fifth House Ensemble plays through the Plague Ben Rubenstein At a time when we’re still freaking out about the Swine Flu, you wouldn’t think it would be a great idea to debut a creative performance in which the 17th-century Plague has a starring role. But local narrative chamber-music ensemble Fifth House likes to take risks,

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