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Spot Check

NAKED & SHAMELESS 12/29, CHARYBDIS MULTI-ARTS COMPLEX; 12/31, GALLERY CABARET According to their bio, which is funnier than the little original material I’ve heard them do, this two-man talent-show act started out playing hotel bars in Indonesia as Simon & Pumpernickel. The sampler they sent me from their Step Da Fuck Back…It’s Naked & Shameless […]

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Savage Love

I just read your response to New to This in Canada, the girl who can’t get into giving blow jobs. How dare you say that “most people don’t enjoy giving blow jobs,” Dan?!? Most people I know love giving blow jobs, myself included, and here are some pointers for NTTIC culled from my years of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Las Vegas body modifier Nathan McKay, 24, complained in November about the difficulty of getting further surgery to prevent his already surgically forked tongue from fusing back together. McKay, who also has one-inch holes in his earlobes for holding ebony disks, explained, “I want my tongue split…as far back as possible, to the […]

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TRG Music listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts CHEAP TRICK Sun 12/31, 10:30 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212. COMMON GROUND Chicago Sport and Social Club party. Sun 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-883-9596. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Fri 12/29, 6 PM (with opening act Keller Williams), Sat 12/30, […]

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Love

We are in love but you don’t know it. You are slow on some of these ordinary things; you grow angry when I mention liberation theology, Adam Smith’s unseen hand, proposals to ban land mines–things I thought everyone knew about, were in the atmosphere, but you are impervious to them, breathing your own mist. You […]

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Fiddler on the Roof

At nearly three hours, this revival takes its time. But then life in the shtetl of Anatevka in 1905 moves at a pretty glacial pace, even if history is clashing with tradition. The future arrives in little things–taboos broken, rumors spread–as much as in czarist edicts, and that’s why the plight of Sholom Aleichem’s dairyman […]

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Pinchas Zukerman

PINCHAS ZUKERMAN Violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman has been a fixture on the international music scene for decades, performing frequently with lifelong friends like Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman–Barenboim, in fact, conducted Zukerman’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut in 1970. But though he’s just as talented and charismatic as Perlman and has a similar core repertoire, […]

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Waiter Dreams

You’re on the top of a hill, wearing your black pants, black soft-soled shoes, black apron, and white shirt. You’re next to a station set up with a silver rectangular bucket of ice, plastic pitchers of water and iced tea, straws, sugar and artificial sweeteners, creamers, coffee warmers, stacked glasses, piles of napkins, and sliced […]

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Rattled by the Rush

S.M. storms around lower Manhattan remembering the trees at dusk, how they once looked caramel-dipped, during those months of light and merry, and how brightly the taffy clouds of morning glowed after he and his friends determined that nothing like parents or family mattered anymore; nothing; just candy. From that, what–frenzy? addiction? liberation? a decade […]

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Qi

Bev said she was taking a day for herself and I was delighted to oblige. She was no picnic when she wanted to be alone. She was out the door almost before I gave her my answer. I heard her car start and heard it stall because she never followed my advice to let it […]

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Poet Farmers

Ruthie saw them first. She shaded her eyes with a hand and pointed at the dust kicking up along the front drive. Capes flapped behind as they walked and each one of them clutched a spiral notebook and pen. “Shit damn,” Ruthie said to Roy. “Looks like we got poets.” The leader, pale and pointy-nosed, […]

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WRTE Pumps Up the Volume

WRTE Pumps Up the Volume For advocates of community radio, the federal budget legislation President Clinton is expected to approve before he leaves office is a Trojan horse. It contains a provision that, to the relief of the National Association of Broadcasters and National Public Radio, will transfer authority over standards for new radio stations […]

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Pit Face

I worked in a fast-food fish place at Navy Pier when I was in college. There was this girl who also worked there named Briny, spelled like the briny deep on her name tag but pronounced Breeny, like beany with an R. I still thought of her as Briny like the briny deep, though. Most […]