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Psycho Circus

Maybe you’ve always been curious about what that thing called “performance art” actually is. Or maybe you’ve been aching to know things you can never know–like what the future holds for you. Randolph Street Gallery, P-Form magazine, and a motley crew of Chicago artists are daring to attempt to satisfy your curiosity with Psycho Circus. […]

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When the Swallows Homeward Fly

WHEN THE SWALLOWS HOMEWARD FLY One Day Short Theatre at Cafe Voltaire Seventy-five years ago, on July 16, 1918, the Bolsheviks, under orders from Lenin, put a bloody end to a bloody 300-year dynasty: in a basement of a house in Ekaterinburg guards shot the last of the Romanovs–Nicholas, Alexandra, their daughters Olga, Maria, and […]

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The Sports Section

There’s a curious stillness about Bill Veeck Stadium these days. It looks as if the White Sox are going to lead the American League West going into August, as they led at the All-Star break, yet the crowds have been moderate–in both size and temperament. A solid ring of fans surrounds the field, in the […]

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Hey! Whoops! Bang!/Bang Bang

HEY! WHOOPS. BANG! Cardiff Giant at Shattered Globe Theatre For better or worse, Chicago is an improv town. While many companies clearly approach the form as a cheap way to perform, others have developed working methods that yield more entertaining results. Two established companies with two different approaches to improv are now offering shows that […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In May, Elk River, Minnesota, landlord Todd Plaisted reported that his tenant Kenneth Lane had fled the area, abandoning his rented farmhouse and leaving behind at least 400 tons of used carpeting, more than 10,000 plastic windows from Northwest Airlines planes, and rooms full of sofas, mattresses, and washing machines, among other things. […]

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Strange Doings

FRACTURED TALES FROM THE HEARTLAND: PAINTINGS BY MARK FORTH AND DAVID HODGES at the Illinois Art Gallery, through August 20 David Hodges’s You May Be Forced to Pick Cotton is 16 by 30 inches, but most of that area is taken up by a large black frame: the oil-on-panel painting at the center is only […]

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The Straight Dope

Many years ago my grandmother told me that her grandfather’s ethnicity was “black Irish.” Recently I’ve heard three different explanations concerning the origin of the term: (1) It refers to a mixture of Irish and Spanish blood dating from the time of the Spanish Armada, when many shipwrecked Spanish sailors were washed up on the […]

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Health Costs: The BMW Factor

To the editors: David Moberg’s recent article, “Irrational Health: The View From Two Hospitals” (July 9), on the sorry state of the American health care system emphasizes the role of the explosive growth in the number of administrative personnel in driving up this nation’s health care costs. While the link between growing administrative staffs and […]