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Sex Drive

“Throughout Crash I have used the car not only as a sexual image, but as a total metaphor for man’s life in today’s society. As such the novel has a political role quite apart from its sexual content, but I would still like to think that Crash is the first pornographic novel based on technology. […]

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Naked Power

Memory Eiko & Koma at the Museum of Contemporary Art, March 13-16 By Carol Burbank With the steady sound of the surf at low tide, the curtain of the new theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art draws back to reveal a black stage lit only by the almost phosphorescent presence of a dancer curled […]

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The Straight Dope

I enjoy your usually well-researched columns but am sorely disappointed at your lack of depth on hemp cultivation [January 31]. You said it “won’t halt deforestation, which is driven mainly by the demand for lumber.” Uh, if hemp becomes a source for cellulose, won’t the demand for lumber ease? I heard of a bumper sticker […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 3/21 – Thursday 3/27 MARCH By Cara Jepsen 21 FRIDAY Women in the Zapatista movement and those across Mexico who are affiliated with leftist and feminist causes are redefining what it is to be women, says U. of C. grad student Raj Balasubramanian. She’ll discuss their struggle today in a free workshop called The […]

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On Video: girls in the director’s chair… …take it to the streets

In the “Blaxploitation” films of the 1970s, a certain kind of woman ruled the screen–a righteous, merciless woman who stopped at nothing in her drive for vengeance. A castrating bitch–often literally. Stylish and deadly, with names like Foxy Brown, Cleopatra Jones, and Coffy, these characters lent big-screen visibility to African-American women. But the price for […]

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The Long Good-Bye

Niagara! (You Should Have Been Yosemite) David Kodeski at the Neo-Futurarium, through April 5 By Justin Hayford Late in his one-man show Niagara! (You Should Have Been Yosemite), David Kodeski turns his back to the audience and places his index finger at the base of his neck. Slowly, tenderly, with the light touch of a […]

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The Road to Mecca

THE ROAD TO MECCA, Raven Theatre. The Athol Fugard plays that deal directly with apartheid, like Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (1974), may have lost some urgency. But others, like the 1984 Road to Mecca, explore deeper metaphors for a divided country. Here Fugard divides South Africa into three people, then makes each individual matter beyond […]

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Freedy Jonston

FREEDY JOHNSTON In the last few years many singer-songwriters have consciously borrowed the hopped-up angst of alternative rock. Freedy Johnston, on the other hand, still understands that empathy requires believability. On his fourth album, Never Home (Elektra), Johnston’s narratives reveal bits of well-articulated ugliness that are all the scarier for being easy to spot in […]

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Paradigm Lost

Paradigm Lost, Second City. Seven years ago Second City was just another aging Chicago institution dominated by old farts and young careerists who didn’t seem to care that the quality of their product had slipped terribly. But in the new main-stage show, Paradigm Lost, the cast is loose, playful, and funny. Even the improv set […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Dick Shields made the Pittsburgh newspapers on his 75th birthday on January 11 for his remarkable recuperative powers. Among the medical traumas from which he has recovered: a weeklong coma after his appendix burst, a thrice-broken neck, a broken back, triple-bypass heart surgery, a grapefruit-size blockage of a blood vessel, and a fungus […]

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No Depression’s Bull Market

No Depression’s Bull Market As the music industry tries to scramble out of its perceived slump, one of the footholds it’s eyeing is Americana, a nascent radio format for roots music other than commercial country. And at the 11th annual South by Southwest music conference last weekend in Austin, the strain of this sudden attention […]

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Petty Crime

February 10, 11:30 AM, 1200 block of N. Clark. Assault. Man and woman got into argument in grocery store. Woman picked up onion and threw it at man, hitting him in the forehead. He fell to floor, got up, and notified store manager. No arrest was made. Man sought medical treatment at veteran’s hospital the […]