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The worst that can be said of the upcoming Jellyeye concert is that Rick Kubes won't be in it. The rangy redhead badly injured a knee during the troupe's fall engagement at Truman College; he'll be out for a year, needs surgery, and has no money, workmen's comp, or health or accident insurance. Hence this show, a benefit performance and reception for one of Jellyeye's longest-lived and most visible performers. If you've seen these "action drummers," you probably remember Kubes by face or name--he's the guy whose eyes glaze over and whose mouth forms a circle of intense concentration or emits banshee yells. But he's never closed off from his surroundings; instead, fellow performers and the audience seem to permeate, feed into, and heighten his trance. He's also the guy who seems to leap higher, bang louder, and crouch lower than anyone else in the troupe. He'll be missed during this concert, but the pieces being performed are Jellyeye classics and should survive his absence: Micro Fez, Curve, the marathon Blood Lotus, and the whimsically mystical Jackie Chan. Northwestern University Settlement House, Vittum Theater, 1014 N. Noble (third floor), 773-276-0069. Sunday, January 3, 4:30 PM. $15, or "pay what you can." --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Lesley A. Martin.

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