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Our Hostile Critics

Kudos to the Reader for assigning the review of Frank Zappa’s entire catalog [Rock, Etc., September 29] to someone who admittedly has always thought Zappa to be a “big weirdo.” Forget the fact that a fair assessment of 53 CDs in three columns of space is impossible. Or the fact that “critic” Peter Margasak, of […]

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The Straight Dope

to run 10-13-95 Is there really such a thing as a pathological liar? If so, why does one become one? –Scott Riedel Why not? Looking at Washington and the O.J. trial, you’ve got to figure it gives you a lot of career options. The term is, however, somewhat imprecise. The best definition was put forth […]

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Spot Check

SEAWEED, INTO ANOTHER 10/13, METRO Six years ago Seaweed were pimply-faced geeks from Tacoma pretending to be a metal band. Three albums later they’ve moved to Seattle, their skin has cleared up, their bodies have, um, filled out, and they almost sound like a real metal band. On their recent Spanaway (Hollywood) they don’t much […]

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Celimene and the Cardinal

Last spring two of Chicago’s best actors, Hollis Resnik and Kevin Gudahl, struck sparks as the romantic antagonists Celimene and Alceste in Charles Newell’s smart, sexy staging of Moliere’s The Misanthrope. This season the sparks have burst into a four-alarm fire in this 1992 comedy by Jacques Rampal. Positing a reunion of Moliere’s characters after […]

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Where’s the Pork?

I would like to congratulate Chuck Shepherd for his efforts on behalf of the present Republican majority in Congress and all other enemies of the National Endowment for the Humanities and higher education in general. His September 15th report of the NEH grant to the American Association of Community Colleges [News of the Weird] managed […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In a science journal researchers from Humboldt State University in California recently reported that the toe jam of black-tailed deer contains chemical compounds that can kill several common types of bacteria (including one that causes acne) and fungi (including one that causes athlete’s foot). A firm in Tucson, Arizona, has begun to manufacture […]

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Preemptive Strike

Dear Reader, Please stop printing letters from irate readers who seem to have nothing better to do than nitpick Bill Wyman’s words. Personally, I can take Wyman or leave him; his writing and subject matter doesn’t move me. However, as I gloss over “The 100 Greatest Moments in Rock History” [Hitsville, September 29], I can […]

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The City File

There’ll always be a drug problem. The Chicago Dental Society reminds us in a recent news release of a study that found 40 people during the 1980s who suffered from a hard-to-diagnose cause of mouth problems: cinnamon abuse. “Nearly all the cases were people who were trying to quit smoking and were chewing large amounts […]

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Family Trouble

The Lucid Dreamers Trance at Live Bait Theater Like New York playwright Len Jenkin, Chicago’s David Hauptschein is drawn to a twilight world of coincidence and synchronicity, where the boundaries between conscious and unconscious, sense and nonsense, chance and destiny continually blur. It comes as no surprise that Hauptschein calls surrealism “the most important art […]

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Barbara’s GM turns a page

Chicago’s bookselling business lost a leader late last month when Pat Peterson resigned as general manager of Barbara’s Bookstores and moved to Normal to become associate director of the Dalkey Archive Press, a small but well-respected publisher of serious fiction. Though Peterson will continue to serve in an advisory capacity on the Barbara’s board of […]

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Air Miami

Perhaps no one recording today has a more eclectic take on pop music than Air Miami singer/guitarist Mark Robinson. His previous band Unrest started out in 1987 as a punk band, yet their odd selection of covers (“21st Century Schizoid Man”) and steadfast refusal to adhere to the genre’s musical strictures put them on the […]