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The City File

By Harold Henderson “After her first month [teaching sixth grade] at McKay [Elementary School in Marquette Park], [Christine] Etapa went to see her doctor for a checkup,” writes Grant Pick in Catalyst (May). “She’d lost 20 pounds. ‘What have you been doing, dieting?’ the doctor asked. ‘Nope,’ replied Etapa. ‘I’ve been teaching.’” Why is the […]

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UI

UI A mostly instrumental New York group with an insatiable appetite for musical cross-pollination, Ui construct compelling worlds of sound atop a lean but muscular funk foundation. The trio’s root sound evokes the relentless bass-heavy grooves carved out by such New York early minimal avant-funk groups as Liquid Liquid and ESG. Yet in a broader […]

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Personals and Theater Therapy

Personals and Theater Therapy, Utopia Train and Performers’ Workshop Ensemble, at Neo-Futurarium. Nothing ages faster than comedy based on current events. Just ask Mort Sahl. Or the Capitol Steps. Or the poor audience that last Friday had to sit through a dreary pair of one-act comedies performed by Utopia Train and the Performers’ Workshop Ensemble, […]

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The Straight Dope

IBM has a new ad out (as seen in the February 26 and March 4 New Yorker) with a remarkable claim. It says an IBM scientist and his colleagues have discovered a way to make an object disintegrate in one place and reappear intact in another. Beam me up, Scotty! Is this a publicity stunt? […]

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David Grisman Quintet

DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET It makes perfect sense for the group led by mandolin master David Grisman to open this weekend’s show by Bela Fleck’s Fleck-Tones. With the style Grisman calls “dawg music”–an ingenious and infectious concoction of jazz and bluegrass (that other “indigenous” American musical idiom)–his music preceded Fleck’s by more than a decade. Fleck […]

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Ratmaster’s Movie of the Week

RATMASTER’S MOVIE OF THE WEEK, at Cafe Voltaire. “Life takes you by surprise”–that’s the least of the truths discovered by 31-year-old improv actor Jeff Carpenter when, riding his bike, he was shot in the head by a punk in a car on September 4, 1995. Though he was operated on for five hours and hospitalized […]