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News of the Weird

Lead Story In a deposition made public in November in an Albuquerque sexual abuse lawsuit, Catholic priest Robert Kirsch admitted that he had had sexual intercourse with a woman but denied that the action had violated his vow of chastity. He said he had merely engaged in a “reserved embrace,” which he described as sexual […]

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The Sports Section

Mike Singletary’s last home football game was one of those occasions sports fans want to explain to people who aren’t sports fans. To fully appreciate the impact and import of the game, one didn’t need to know Singletary personally–although, according to all testimony, it couldn’t have hurt–but one did need to have seen him play […]

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Light Opera Works

Just about every season the Evanston-based Light Opera Works comes up with a half-forgotten gem of musical theater for repolishing. This time around the honor goes to Knickerbocker Holiday, one of Kurt Weill’s notable Broadway shows. Composed shortly after Weill (and his wife, Lotte Lenya) fled Nazi Germany and settled down in New York, this […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Like Karlheinz Stockhausen and other European avant-gardists, the noted Italian composer Luciano Berio has extended the postmodernist search for new sounds by experimenting with the seating arrangement for an orchestra. His latest effort in this direction is Continuo, which was commissioned in 1989 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its centennial but is only now […]

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The City File

Obviously, the ladybug would be better off with a hand puppet of you. Among the gifts at One Touch of Nature, Ltd., on North Clark: “Ladybug hand puppet has five working legs (your fingers) and one that just goes along for the ride.” Dept. of cutting professional metaphors. The Chicago-based American College of Surgeons’ Bulletin […]

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Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick is a lethal fun-rock foursome who improbably sold millions of records in the late 70s, flirted with anonymity in the early 80s, had a string of hit singles in the late 80s, and now, after the major flop of the album Busted, find they need to pull something out of a hat to […]

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The Straight Dope

Not one of the burning issues of the day, but something I’ve wondered about on occasion at your fancy restaurants. Why do master chefs wear those tall white hats? Something so silly must have a logical reason for being. –John Rawls, Atlanta When you get into these how-did-that-get-started things, John, you realize the formula works […]

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Casino Evil

CASINO EVIL Second City Northwest It’s not exactly news when a Second City troupe tries to be funny and fails–an inevitable hazard when a comedy institution attempts to cater to a ton of different tastes (and, it seems, has given up on satire). But it’s big news when a Second City company chooses not to […]

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The Gallup Area Arts Council, of Gallup, New Mexico, which sponsors an annual art exhibit in recognition of Route 66, has teamed up with the Near Northwest Arts Council of Wicker Park to present “Route 66 Revisited” in honor of the grand highway’s 66th birthday. The show features the work of more than 50 artists […]

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Wild Men!

“We’re wild men, wacky wild men / And we know how to have fun / We’re the stuff of ancient myth / We’d be fun to party with,” sing the heroes of this deliciously nutty comedy. And they are. Peter Burns, Mark Nutter, Rob Riley, and Tom Wolfe’s musical about four stressed-out guys who enroll […]

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Used People

Shirley MacLaine plays a Jewish widow with two unhappy daughters (Kathy Bates and Marcia Gay Harden) who’s wooed by an Italian widower (Marcello Mastroianni) in Queens in 1969. This delightful, affecting, and offbeat comedy-drama, written by actor Todd Graff (The Abyss, Five Corners) and adapted from his own off-Broadway work, The Grandma Plays, has been […]