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Instruments of Intrigue

Music From China Old Town School of Folk Music, April 1 Music From China performs music that doesn’t follow Western rules. But during a recent performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music they showed me the similarities: the way musicians East and West use fast tempi for urgency or joy, slow for sorrow […]

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Cut Lines: John Wayne Bobbitt

Height: Five-feet-ten, give or take a few inches Marital Status: Separated, hoping to be reunited Employer: Snap-On Tools Favorite Food: Blood sausage Favorite Drink: Cutty and Slice Song: “Is That All There Is?” Favorite Movies: Free Willy, Where’s Poppa?, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Words to Live By: Matthew 5:29: “… for it is profitable for […]

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This Is H. Ross Perot

Establishing shot of James Stockdale in thongs, sunglasses, and baggy American-flag swim trunks, waddling up to a deck chair at poolside with a tall drink of something in a frosty glass: as he lowers his bulk onto the chair, FADE UP RHYTHM TRACK, a steady medium-tempo rap beat similar to Hammer’s “This Is the Way […]

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Body Work: training for the triathlon

At an outdoor cafe across from the Art Institute, two men are enjoying hefty portions of pasta, bread, salads, and chicken parmesan, twirling fettuccine into their skinny selves with the gusto of lumberjacks as a chubby gourmand journalist watches enviously. The men are Chris Farrell, a Chicago folksinger who recently released his first album, Night […]

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Restaurant Tours: dinner in a strange land

In the barroom, a jazz trio wails. In the restaurant–a sleek modern space with parquet floors, marble tables, comfortable blue banquettes, and a snazzy spotlit food bar–handsome young servers are delivering appetizers, entrees, and “tastings” (grazing-size portions) ranging from Hung Tao Dragon Noodles to chicken flautas with avocado relish to insalata di calimari. Stodgy Evanston […]