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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Allegheny High School in Clifton Forge, Virginia, which is 17 percent black, suspended two boys and a girl (all white) who wore Ku Klux Klan outfits to school as their Halloween costumes this year. However, in Saybrook, Illinois, the Lions Club awarded its prize for best Halloween costume to Virginia Payne, 14, who […]

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Star Power

Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film Since 1945 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through January 25 By Fred Camper There’s a slight problem with the big “Art and Film” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art: there isn’t really any film in it. Oh, there are clips on video (which often reduce a feature […]

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Power to the People

You wouldn’t know it from the dry talk coming out of Springfield lately, but electric utility deregulation is a hot topic these days, a strong contender to become one of the fashionable subjects of enlightened commentary in the early part of 1998. Even before Jim Edgar put it back in the news recently–expressing some surprise […]

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers

The stock market aside, what goes up need not come down, a fact the Flying Karamazov Brothers–juggling geniuses who seldom let an audience or a prop down–have been proving for 23 years. Over the last dozen years Goodman Theatre audiences have seen Paul Magid (Dmitri), Howard Jay Patterson (Ivan), Michael Preston (Rakitin), and Sam Williams […]

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The Straight Dope

I have never understood why Circus Peanuts (orange, gooey, diabetic coma-inducing, peanut-shaped candy) are still available. I have never known anyone who actually likes this candy and I have asked everyone I know. So, Cecil, can you give me a little information about who invented this candy treat, why they are colored orange, and any […]

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Petty Crime

November 22, 3 AM, 3200 block of North Sheffield. Battery. Man was walking down street when car attempted to run him down. Five men jumped out of car and began beating victim with rocks. One man pulled a gun as his friends yelled, “Pop him! Pop him!” Neighbors intervened and men fled. Car was described […]

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City File

Besides, it would cut into their Playboy-reading time. Doctors “don’t read very much [about breast-feeding] because they think they don’t need to know it,” Dr. Lawrence Gartner of the University of Chicago told Chicago Parent in January. Mmm, I feel good. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (November-December) reports that “adolescents […]

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The Merry Widow

THE MERRY WIDOW Most of the productions I’ve seen of this quintessential Viennese operetta–including Light Opera Works’ previous stab at it, in 1984–have been too broad in their comic strokes and too condescending in their handling of the codes of conduct of a bygone era. The premise may be antiromantic (a wealthy widow being wooed […]

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West Side Stories

The people who owned the building where we lived wanted our flat for their son. Now, apartments were very difficult to find in 1920. So my mother and father went looking. They looked at this flat on Flournoy Street, but the man said, “No, I don’t want children.” So they went to other places, and […]

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Wayne Hancock

WAYNE HANCOCK On his second album, That’s What Daddy Wants (Ark 21), Austin singer Wayne “the Train” Hancock makes a few nods toward commercial country. There are drums on three cuts; there’s also an accordion on “87 Southbound,” brash horns on several other tunes, and an ultracatchy Beatles-esque hook on “Misery.” But the specter of […]

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Spot Check

ADAM & THE ANTS 12/26, EMPTY BOTTLE These Chicagoans have dedicated what presumably will be a short career to re-creating the career of the original new-wave war-paint warriors. Their “press releases” are copies of the originals, as are their albums, which they “release” on the anniversaries of the original releases; they play only on dates […]

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Lean and Mean

The Scarlet Letter Footsteps Theatre Company By Justin Hayford If you’re like me, you had to choke down The Scarlet Letter in high school, convinced that your English teacher–nay, the entire English department–was as humorless and unhip as the dreary Puritans scuttling around Hawthorne’s 17th-century Boston. You probably remember Hester Prynne’s badge of adultery, Reverend […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Everybody: I’m on vacation, my annual three weeks away. So here, for your Savage Love fix, is one of my most frequently requested columns. Hey, Faggot: My question involves my present and ex-girlfriends, as I’ve had the same problem with both. Both say I’m a very good lover. Lovemaking sessions have lasted hours. However, […]