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Amazing but True!

You know, Du Sable . . . that drive by the shore of the lake. City Council crusdaers claim that it is racism, not tradition or practicality, that led to the rejection of their proposal to change the name of Lake Shore Drive to Du Sable Drive. My Life. Dion Terres of Kenosha, aware that […]

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War

War’s unlikely beginning–Eric Burdon basically picked the band members out of an LA bar to back him after he left the Animals–was followed by an unlikely continuation: after Burdon split, the band turned into a 70s-hit-making machine assaulting the Top 40 over and over again with an irresistible amalgam of Latin beats, funky playing, and […]

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Clout City

Here is your official map and guide to Clout City (formerly Chicago)–the world’s largest gaming theme park, where you can safely and vicariously experience the thrills of a modern American city and gamble anytime you feel the urge. Clout City is a neighborhood-oriented alternative to the megacasino complex once proposed for downtown. Recognizing that gaming […]

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Luciano Pavarotti

This year Luciano Pavarotti lost 90 pounds, sold millions more CDs, and outperformed rival tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras in a televised songfest seen by 500 million viewers worldwide–and he hasn’t canceled any gigs yet. But his fabled voice is showing signs of wear: it sounds a trifle frayed in the upper registers and […]

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Ken Vandermark & Curt Newton

In what’s becoming an annual tradition, Chicago-via-Boston reedist Ken Vandermark is joined by his former Beantown cohort, drummer Curt Newton (who works with the fascinating freebop guitarist Joe Morris). In years past they’ve presented scalding free-jazz duets in honor of pioneering saxophonists Jimmy Lyons and Eric Dolphy, and this performance expands their scope with a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story On October 1 Mikey Sproul, age three, made national news when he commandeered the family car, which had one flat tire, and cruised down U.S. 41 near Tampa, Florida, hitting two parked cars and narrowly missing several moving ones. Mikey’s assessment: “I go zoom.” On November 11 Mikey used a cigarette lighter to […]

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Mechanical Man

Marshall Field’s has a motorized Cinderella and Carson’s has mechanized elves, but it’s the robotic man in the frosted window at Mysels Furs and Leathers, 123 S. State, who’s riveting holiday shoppers and lunch-hour office workers. He’s wrapped in a full-length mahogany mink coat, standing on a ten-inch-high pedestal. One by one a dozen people […]

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Buried Light

TERRI ZUPANC at the Chicago Cultural Center, through January 9 Picture a muddy midwestern field on a gloomy day in late February. Eliminate any barns, corncribs, or power lines you might imagine; in fact, delete any sign of human presence other than a narrow, muddy path. Then eliminate living creatures altogether–strike rabbits from the field, […]

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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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Light Opera Works

Although Victor Herbert’s staged spectacle for children Babes in Toyland, which premiered here in 1903, was designed in the mold of The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz, it’s seldom been revived except on film (the 1934 Laurel and Hardy comic version, the schmaltzy 1961 Disney attempt starring Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello). For the […]