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Reader to Reader

Last weekend at the Jewel on Southport I stood next to a couple of twentysomething guys who were looking over spaghetti sauces. Suddenly a 30-ish man turned into our aisle and breezily pushed his cart behind us. “Excuse me, ladies,” he deadpanned and kept going. The two guys looked at each other. “Fuck him,” said […]

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Fashion Statements: half-baked cookwear

We met executive chef Hiromichi Sasaki slicing up the yellowtail at Sanko Authentic Japanese Cuisine and Karaoke Lounge on North Clark Street. Behind the sushi bar his tidy uniform gleamed pure as the polished rice. But our Fashion Gourmets, devoted snobs, turned up their noses. Was this outfit genuine? Or merely some prepackaged microwave version […]

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The Sports Section

Two weeks ago, the Bulls were playing a rare home game in the month of February when they were suddenly subjected to a new and foreign sound. It was quiet. It was midway through the third quarter, and we could hear not only the squeak of shoes on the court but the echo of those […]

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The Dynamics of Duos

Laurel & Hardy Sleep Together Terrapin Theatre at the Organic Theater Company Greenhouse, South Hall Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening With the Illuminati) Urbis Orbis Comedy teams–once a staple of vaudeville, variety shows, TV, and movies–are an endangered species, all but snuffed out by stand-up clubs, which […]

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Aging Gracefully

Matthew Sweet, Murmurs Chicago Theatre, February 17 It’s a rock ‘n’ roll truism that performers make their best music early in their careers. Allegedly that’s when the energy, enthusiasm, and inventiveness peak. It’s taken for granted that musicians lose their edge after the first few records and begin the sometimes abrupt slide into rote songcraft […]

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Spot Check

DIONNE FARRIS 3/3, DOUBLE DOOR Initially saddled with the tag “former Arrested Development vocalist,” New Jersey-bred Dionne Farris has quickly and easily beaten back that limiting identifier. On Wild Seed–Wild Flower (Columbia), her fine 1994 debut, the soul singer glides effortlessly between soaring ballads, funkadelicized grooves, smoldering torch songs, spirited pop tunefulness, and lush a […]

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Three’s Charm

Abdullah Ibrahim Trio HotHouse, February 10 Ethnic Heritage Ensemble HotHouse, February 16 The trio has been one of the most durable and versatile groupings in jazz. It’s served as a musical home for players ranging from the delicate pianist Bill Evans to the muscular tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins to the cutting-edge alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill. […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In December a jury in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, deliberated for three hours before ruling against Stewart Blair, who sued his friend Maurice Poulin for injuries incurred when Blair tripped over a snowplow blade. Blair claimed that Poulin passed gas in his face, startling Blair and causing him to fall. As the jurors ceremoniously exited […]

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TV And Not TV

Angele Rating **** Masterpiece Directed and written by Marcel Pagnol With Orane Demazis, Fernandel, Henri Poupon, Jean Servais, Toinon, Delmont, and Andrex. The Brady Bunch Movie Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed by Betty Thomas Written by Laurice Elehwany, Rick Copp, Bonnie Turner, and Terry Turner With Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Michael McKean, Christine Taylor, […]

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Circuit Rider

Taking the bus was Bill Wendt’s only way to get to Schaumburg on a recent Tuesday night. This near-west-sider is car-free and didn’t think it made sense to traverse the 25 miles on his one-speed bicycle. Wendt had called me the previous week and, in his usual style, gotten right to the point: the Schaumburg […]