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APRIL Friday 21 Owner Debbie Tunney says the most popular pies at the Andersonville Ann Sather aren’t war-horses like apple or blueberry but upstarts like raspberry and white chocolate. This disclosure comes on the occasion of the restaurant’s Swedie Pie contest. To enter, show up at 9 this morning at the restaurant, 5207 N. Clark, […]

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A Bad Joke

The Minstrel Show Donald Byrd/The Group at the Shubert Theatre, April 13-15 Five years ago, in the Crown Heights section of New York City, a five-year-old African American boy was playing on the sidewalk when he was struck and killed by a station wagon that had somehow jumped the curb. When the driver, a young […]

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On Stage: choral riffs

Choral singers have the great humdrum job in music. They dress alike, they sound alike, they drill and drill–a squad of G.I. Joes, a platoon of Unknown Soldiers. Each singer’s identity is subordinated to the needs of the group. You’re supposed to blend in. If anyone notices you, you’ve screwed up. When Arthur Moswin tells […]

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Local Singles Roundup/Schmitsville

Local Singles Roundup Philo, “Everything Died” The first release from the local trio Philo is the cheery “Everything Died,” which finds leader and songwriter Jeff Cohen running down a pretty definitive laundry list of sorrows arriving in the wake of a lover’s departure. There’s a lot of spaciousness in the mix–one spare electric guitar accompanies […]

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Mud flap: Charges of anti-Semitism in Hyde Park linger long after the election

Almost three weeks have passed since the Fifth Ward aldermanic election, but activists in and around Hyde Park are still fuming over that campaign. Janet Oliver-Hill, who lost, says she was smeared by “dirty and ugly and unwarranted” allegations of anti-Semitism. Barbara Holt, the winner, says Oliver-Hill brought the mess on herself by attempting to […]

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Field & Street

A couple of weeks ago, I sat in on a meeting of professional environmentalists who had gotten together to discuss that perennial favorite topic: whither the movement? Or, more fundamentally, is there a movement? And if there is, what is it? Most of the participants were in their late thirties and early forties, and nearly […]

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Music Notes: rock of Asians

Music Notes: rock of Asians Asian Americans may not be known for their participation in rock culture, but local journalist Ben Kim and musicians Sooyoung Park and William Shin aim to change that perception with their new label Fortune 5 Records, which is releasing a CD compilation of 19 Asian American rock bands called Ear […]

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The O.J. Trial, Live!

The O.J. Trial, Live!, TurnAround Theatre. The premise seems inspired: take transcripts from the previous week’s testimony in the Simpson-Goldman murder trial and distill from them 60 to 90 minutes of stage drama, leavened with occasional comic sketches. But you don’t have to sit through much of this energetic but uneven production to realize that, […]

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Krapp’s Last Tape

Splinter Group, at the Theatre Building. Watching Samuel Beckett’s one-act, you can see where Edward Albee got his powerful second-act device in Three Tall Women: a character splits in three, representing three periods of her life. Beckett invented the strategy in 1958, when he had Krapp, a dying old man, confront a tape recording he’d […]