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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Sherwood/PianoForte Bryant Manning He’s a California native residing in Manhattan, but Fifth House Ensemble pianist Adam Marks, 30, is eager to move to the heartland, and not just to lose the massive commute. “Big things are happening for us,” he says of his bold Chicago-based ensemble that turned four years old in February. Marks, who

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