The alternative-rock boom of the 1990s resulted in lots of outre musicians landing major-label deals that would’ve been unthinkable in any decade before or since. Chicago four-piece Cupcakes, who emerged in 1996, both exemplify and transcend that era. On their sole album, 2000’s Cupcakes, released on Dreamworks, they mold arena rock bombast, power-pop hooks, and […]
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Duck and Cover Classroom, Top-Notch Tuesdays, and six more new stage shows
A locked-room experience from Escape Artistry and a foolproof improv show are among this week’s best bets.
New use-of-force policy bans cops from shooting fleeing suspects unless there’s an imminent threat, and other Chicago news
Also, Ari Emanuel has reportedly never directly donated money to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political campaigns.
Minions proves that celebrity voices don’t make a children’s animation
Sandra Bullock stars in Minions, the latest Despicable Me feature—but who cares?
Now Playing: Megamind
J.R. Jones reviews the new Dreamworks animation Megamind.
This Week’s Movie Action
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue.
Shrek coming to Chicago
For all of you who want your family film franchises performed live, here comes Shrek the Musical.
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Persistence pays off for Ike Reilly.