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Beasts Within

Louise Bourgeois at the Arts Club of Chicago, through January 3 Louise Bourgeois: Drawings 1947-1997 at Rhona Hoffman, through December 31 D’Nell Larson at TBA Exhibition Space, through January 17 When young artists complain about their lack of recognition I think of Louise Bourgeois, who despite a few gallery shows achieved real fame and commercial […]

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Save the Kitties

sloan.qxd To the Editors, The article on Marijon Binder and Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too [Our Town, December 5] was very interesting, except that one crucial point was missing. If someone would like to assist Ms. Binder with her overwhelming bills (which was a primary topic in the article), listing the address to do so would be helpful. Can […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The New York Daily News reported in November that 71-year-old twin sisters Ynette Sapp and Olvette Mahan had just had plastic surgery to remove moles and wrinkles from their faces so that they would continue to look exactly alike. The doctor said such a situation is not unusual; another set of twins was […]

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Bright Moments

Last week’s performance by the Art Ensemble of Chicago–the best-known group to come out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians–was a rarity not just because the group plays out less and less frequently, but because the Art Ensemble members are the only first-generation AACM musicians who still work together regularly. Muhal Richard […]

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Steve Who?

trisler.qxd Once again, Monica Kendrick has stuck her foot squarely in her mouth. In the December 12 Spot Check, she said Steve Howe was the current guitar player for Deep Purple, when in fact Steve Morse is the ax man for Deep Purple. Such lax fact checking, coupled with her snide comments about almost every […]

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Forever Plaid

Holy cannoli and sh-boom! This long-running revue, now in its fourth year, still sparkles with well-timed humor and fine-tuned vocalizing as it simultaneously lampoons and luxuriates in the sweet sounds of pre-Beatles pop. Evoking an era when the epitome of cool was the Lettermen, not Letterman, a male vocal group–the Four Plaids–makes the ultimate comeback: […]

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Guy Things

Buffalo Hunting: Images of Shame and Power at NFA Space, through February 1 Spaced Out: A Voyage Into Sci-Fi Art at Steppenwolf Theatre, through January 24 By Mark Swartz “Do you think it’s misogynistic?” Iain Muirhead asked me as we stood amid the stereotypically male iconography of “Buffalo Hunting,” an all-male art exhibit he helped […]

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Professing Sympathy

white.qxd “Revenge of the Part-Time Professors” [December 12] forgot to mention one source of resistance to improving the working conditions of part-time and other “adjunct” faculty: the full-time professors themselves along with the unions that represent them. I am a tenured full professor at Northeastern Illinois University and presently one of only a handful of […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: Here’s the dilemma: I’m attracted to a woman who works at a Safeway in Vancouver, BC, but I have no idea how to make my feelings known. This is my neighborhood Safeway, and I’m in there at least twice a week. The first time I went in, I was standing in the express […]

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The Crumple Zone

THE CRUMPLE ZONE, Bailiwick Repertory. A depressing new comedy by New York playwright Buddy Thomas, the overwrought, glib, and cartoony Crumple Zone depicts holiday desperation. In this calamity-ridden 100-minute concoction, five gay Staten Islanders break up, break down, make up, and make out as Christmas brings them to a boil. The comparatively kind lovers (Michael […]

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Church of Self-Absorbtion

Love (Can Sometimes Be) a Real Read A Real Read at Randolph Street Gallery, December 12-14 By Justin Hayford No one in the eight-person cast of the new African-American “lesbigaytrans” performance ensemble A Real Read left the stage during the two-hour Love (Can Sometimes Be) a Real Read. When not performing monologues or poetic sketches […]

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Sports Section

It started in slow, then it started to grow. In the closing minutes of the Bulls’ victory two weeks ago over the Milwaukee Bucks–a triumphant 84-62 return home after a grueling road trip–the fans in the stands started to chant, “Scot-tie, Scot-tie.” The intent was obvious. Scottie Pippen, sitting on the bench–looking quite abashed as […]

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Uneasy Listening

Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, December 4 By Lee Sandlin Leif Segerstam made his debut this month as guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Segerstam is the principal conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and is known back home as a tireless advocate of the local classical scene–he’s made dozens of recordings, almost […]

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The Mekons hit the road and the road hits back

In the Whirlaway Tavern, near the corner of Kedzie and Fullerton, the conversation between Sally Timms and Jon Langford keeps getting sidetracked by the American Music Awards on television. LeAnn Rimes is holding the last notes of a syrupy song with a sleepy-eyed grin. “A 14-year-old girl,” Timms notes. “Oh, God,” Langford groans. Maria the […]

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Spot Check

MOVIEGOERS 12/19, SCHUBAS The trick of good pop is to hit ambitious heights while pretending to have no ambition at all–to get folks who were barely aware of you at the time to catch themselves later humming lines about “the heavy-duty cycle of life” while in the laundromat. The debut CD by the local Moviegoers, […]