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Posted inArts & Culture

Husker Du

Three major out-of-town bands that have made powerful/interesting/great music are playing here this weekend; that’s more than have come to Chicago in the last three months combined. The debut LP Licensed to Ill by young snots the Beastie Boys is the most kick-ass record to hit Billboard’s #1 in a much longer while than I’d […]

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Working Girls

Independent filmmaker Lizzie Borden puts her demystifying feminist sensibility to work in this quasi-clinical dissection of a middle-class house of prostitution. The polemical restraint is a pleasant surprise (especially after Borden’s angry Born in Flames debut), though sorority considerations still define the ins from the outs (the brothel proprietor is an ultrafemme cartoon: she’s not […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The Straight Dope

For years I’ve heard cops and emergency room nurses say things really get crazy out there when the moon is full. Is there anything to this? I mean, I’ve never bought into astrology, because it seems like the stars are too far away to have any effect on us. But the moon is another story–look […]

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Chicago Ensemble

For its tenth anniversary, the Chicago Ensemble has slated for repeat performance a number of the greatest hits from its past concerts. The selections ought to remind everyone of the remarkable versatility and range, and the rich programming mix, that are the hallmarks of what many regard as one of the area’s two finest chamber […]