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Deadened Kids

Altered States: Alcohol and Other Drugs in America at the Chicago Historical Society, through September 21 Domestic Bliss: Family Life in American Art at the Terra Museum of American Art, through June 22 By Mark Swartz I saw school groups at both the Chicago Historical Society’s “Altered States” and the Terra Museum’s “Domestic Bliss,” and […]

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Making Porn

MAKING PORN, at the Theatre Building. There’s one good reason to see Ronnie Larsen’s Making Porn, which has returned to Chicago after running off-Broadway for the past year. And it’s not gay porn superstar Ryan Idol–who’s left the show anyway. As Jack Hawk, the straight actor turned reluctant gay porno icon, Idol spent perhaps two […]

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Civics Lesson

olson.qxd Dear Reader folk, I am extremely disappointed that William Taedt, VP of U.N.I.T.E. “Civic” Association, did not include an E-mail address, or a comparable method of reaching him [Letters, June 6]. I just finished reading his oh-so-“civic” letter and crave for an opportunity to give him a big FUCK YOU. Ignorant motherfuckers like Mr. […]

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Paulo Alvarez

PAULO ALVAREZ When clarinetist Gene Coleman, leader of the local experimental-music collective Ensemble Noamnesia, first met Brazilian pianist Paulo Alvarez in Cologne, he knew he’d found a kindred spirit, a musician just as fascinated with continental Europe’s avant-garde scene as he was. Pretty soon the two started jamming together, and went on to forge a […]

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Police Scanner

Friday, June 13, 11:15 PM– Saturday, June 14, 12:15 AM Dispatcher: Disturbances, 19– Kedzie, 28– Wilcox, 9– N. Karlov, 31– Flournoy, that’s at the courthouse, at the courthouse. Person with a gun, 14– Kostner. You got a person with a gun at that location–men with guns shootin’, fightin’ in the street, no complainant, no nothin’, […]

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Promise Weepers

piepen.qxd To the Editor: Let Adam Langer’s portrait of a serial Christian–a Promise Keeper–serve as a wake-up call to every woman, gay person, and Jew who still respects God and democracy [Our Town, May 30]. These losers and weepers are dangerous. The Frat Boys for Christ can cry and whine all they want about their […]

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Local Lit: predators are people too

After two preteen boys killed five-year-old Eric Morse in 1994, dropping him from a 14th-floor window of the Ida B. Wells complex, the killers’ identities were withheld from the press. But the court of media opinion had already devised a chilling label for them: the boys were “superpredators.” Educator and writer Bill Ayers got a […]

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Sports Section

The confetti was a new touch, no doubt left over (if replenished) from last year’s Democratic National Convention and fired off anew. Otherwise, the occasion of the Bulls’ fifth NBA championship in seven years–and the third won here at home–was a familiar experience: the jubilation at the final buzzer, the playing of Queen’s “We Are […]

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Dr. Lonnie Smith & Charles Earland

DR. LONNIE SMITH & CHARLES EARLAND The soul jazz explosion that buoyed and then sank the Blue Note label in the 60s and 70s had few better exponents than organist Lonnie Smith. Emerging from the combo led by George Benson, Smith never boasted the bottomless technique that has become the expected standard for jazz as […]

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Fresh Clues to an Old Mystery

For all its reputation as a classic, and despite the greatness of Howard Hawks as a filmmaker, The Big Sleep has never quite belonged in the front rank of his work–at least not to the same degree as Scarface, Twentieth Century, Only Angels Have Wings, To Have and Have Not, Red River, The Big Sky, […]

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Spot Check

FROGS 6/20, Tower on Clark; 6/21, METRO; 6/23, double door While these demented cheeseheads have generated some inspired moments of taboo-splattering gross-out, especially on last year’s My Daughter the Broad, their records suffer the fate of most comedy albums–there’s just no reason to listen more than twice. See them for the costumes. ADEN 6/21, LOUNGE […]

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James Kelly Choreography Project

James Kelly Choreography Project James Kelly is a dancer’s choreographer: someone who understands music and the nuances of movement, how much can be expressed in slight shifts of the head, in details like flexed or pointed feet. He’s especially good at fitting two bodies together in new, often beautiful ways, generating a sense of warmth […]

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“The Bridegroom, the Comedienne and the Pimp” and other short films

“The Bridegroom, the Comedienne and the Pimp” and other short films This may be the most exciting and revealing program in the Film Center’s entire Rainer Werner Fassbinder retrospective. It includes Fassbinder’s two earliest surviving shorts, City Tramp (1966) and Little Chaos (1967), to be shown without subtitles, and a subtitled 1977 interview with the […]