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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE AND MORE LOVE, Infectious Productions, at Stage Left Theatre. The repetition of the title is more than matched by this evening’s three one-acts. Warmly wrought offerings written by local playwrights, they depict a straight, a gay, and a lesbian couple, all customers at the Love Cafe, run by a hard-boiled drag queen […]
GUIDED BY VOICES When a band’s personnel radically changes, it usually heralds a brand-new direction. But when Guided by Voices leader Robert Pollard recruited Cleveland neo-glam rockers Cobra Verde to replace the shuffle of Dayton musicians who’d accompanied him on ten previous albums, the switch meant a return to his roots. In recent years GBV […]
GEORGE FREEMAN & FRANK PORTOLESE When it comes to individualism–not to mention quirkiness–local jazz guitarist George Freeman is king. He favors an overripe tone and a splashy, at times slapdash technique; as he drives his solos toward destinations unknown, he veers in directions that still manage to raise eyebrows with their surprising twists and bizarre […]
Seniors cry foul over a plan to move a day-care center into their CHA building.
H.M.S. PINAFORE, Light Opera Works, at Northwestern University, Cahn Auditorium. Though 120 years old, this merry operetta is as seaworthy as ever, an irresistible blend of Sullivan’s matchless melodies and Gilbert’s shrewd satire of the Victorian caste system. The moment it’s learned that Captain Corcoran was switched at birth with a blue blood, his service […]
Fushitsusha Lounge Ax, May 20 By Monica Kendrick The first time I saw Fushitsusha, at the Table of the Elements festival at the Empty Bottle last November, I wound up kneeling with my chin on the stage, hallucinating, possibly from the endorphins brought on by the sheer volume. The air smelled faintly of oranges. I […]
OUT MY WINDOW As ticket prices have risen and theaters have begun to focus on shows by, for, and about the upper middle class, an art form once as populist as the movies and TV has become increasingly elitist. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Scrap Mettle Soul emphatically illustrates in this […]
Lead Stories The festivities for April’s annual fertility ceremony in Nagoya, Japan, intended to improve the rice harvest, featured the usual procession of a 12-foot-long bright pink plastic penis carried through the street and followed by displays of smaller organs and a giant banner of a penis, complete with blood vessels, testicles, and pubic hair. […]
“Ronald,” a lean man in his mid-40s, speaks in a soft, almost muffled voice and has a wide smile. He supplied more than 70 guns to drug dealers and gang members on the west side from 1988 to 1990. In 1991, after police recovered 14 of his guns at crime scenes or in the possession […]
Sujay Shah/Treats in Store
DAN PENN It’s hard to get beyond Dan Penn’s reputation as a songwriter: a key component of the Memphis-soul hit factory Muscle Shoals and its predecessor, Fame, Penn penned (with the likes of Chips Moman and Spooner Oldham) some of the most enduring soul classics of all time, including “It Tears Me Up” (Percy Sledge), […]
The gun that killed Andrew Young wasn’t stolen, it was purchased legally. But not by the teenagers who murdered him.
By Michael Miner The managing editor of Windy City Times has risked suggesting that the sexual life of many gay men is a sin. In a column published last February Dan Perreten described an unnamed friend whose “entire sexual experience for two decades was limited to a kneeling position in adult movie theaters, bathhouses and […]
The record industry must be hurting something awful: in its May 16 issue, without so much as an anniversary to plug, Rolling Stone published a long retrospective called “The Rolling Stone 200: The Essential Rock Collection.” Abutting a cover story about Jewel on one end and a summer fashion spread on the other, the feature […]