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Year in Review

Another year over! They go by so fast! Like a bus leaving Pilsen ’cause service got slashed. Think those beetles were bad? There are others you’ll see, But nothing as bad as a Teletubby. Hackles were raised at computer games, But the carnage at Livent made them look tame. Rosty got out, Roti laid low, […]

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Spot Check

LIQUID SOUL 12/25, DURTY NELLIE’S; 12/27, DOUBLE DOOR; 12/31, the roxie If you weren’t inclined to see this hard-gigging, upbeat local funky-jazz outfit earlier in the year, you’re probably even less so now, since there’s already enough good cheer in the air to choke a reindeer. But a Liquid Soul set could be just the […]

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Sports Section

The atmosphere was not unlike how I imagine a heavyweight title fight to be–simply not as intense. There was aggressive hip-hop music on the PA system and electricity in the stands as Maryland’s DeMatha Catholic High School, the top boys’ basketball team in the nation according to USA Today, took the floor at Loyola’s Gentile […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: You ran a letter once from a woman who wanted to do her reluctant boyfriend with a dildo. I’m a man and I’ve always enjoyed this activity, but it strikes most women I date as rather odd. Aside from placing a personal ad, do you have any suggestions for meeting a compatible woman? […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories A November Associated Press dispatch described the sale of leeches and maggots to hospitals for medical treatments. A Welsh supplier moves about 20,000 three-inch-long leeches a year at $17 each; the leeches suck blood through delicate, clogged veins, restoring circulation. A unit of the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Wales, produces sterilized […]

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Jellyeye

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 […]

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Robbie Fulks

ROBBIE FULKS I’ve never completely understood why people celebrate the passing of another year by surrounding themselves with obnoxious, anonymous drunks, but if overlubricated artificial camaraderie is your bag, you won’t find a better sound track for it than Robbie Fulks’s Let’s Kill Saturday Night (Geffen). In fact, the sentiments of the title track–a raucous […]

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Portrait of the Artist

quinn.qxd I didn’t attend the Patti Smith Group concert but felt as though I had after reading Monica Kendrick’s review (November 27). There are moments when you have experienced (read, seen, heard, touched) an art form and just went “wow.” It’s that recognition of genius, love, wisdom–whatever the thread is that ties us together on […]

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Evita

Evita, at the Chicago Theatre. When Che Guevara–the conscience of this editorializing rock opera–says that Eva Peron “did nothing for years,” he’s dead wrong. The musical exists because Eva did far too much, as if knowing she’d die at 33; thousands bled as a result of her cult of personality. But Che is right to […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 12/25 – Thursday 1/7 DECEMBER By Cara Jepsen 25 FRIDAY Reasons people could give for not participating in the monthly Critical Mass bike ride, according to the group’s tongue-in-cheek list: “Global warming is caused by bovine flatulence, not cars,” “How am I going to eat, talk on my cell phone, put on my makeup, […]

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The Straight Dope

Lately I’ve been hearing nasty little rumors that my favorite addiction is just that…an addiction! Is it true that Chap Stick and others of that ilk contain ingredients that make you long for more? Is it true that the evil executives of these companies are preying on hapless lip-lickers such as myself in order to […]

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Doo Wop Shoo Bop

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Ruth Brown once performed before a segregated audience, the ballroom divided by a long rope. By the end of the concert the rope had broken and the crowd had lost–and found–themselves in the music. It happens here too. Jackie Taylor’s tribute to black doo-wop groups and singers of the 1950s has […]