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Letter From a Friend

Bevis Frond North Circular (Flydaddy) By Rick Reger The Bevis Frond has just released North Circular, its 15th LP in a little over a decade. Many forward-thinking musicians and critics will respond to it with an emphatic “So what?” I can understand that. I’ve been there too. The Bevis Frond is the nom de rock […]

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Day & Taxi

DAY & TAXI Stateside it remains obscure, but the creative-music scene in Switzerland is very rich–musically and fiscally. With an impressive funding infrastructure, new jazz and experimental and improvised music have flourished for several decades in Bern, Basel, even the ski resort of Lucerne. Saxophonist Christoph Gallio is from the most active metropole, Zurich, where […]

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Chicago’s Own: Recent Films and Videos

Chicago’s Own: Recent Films and Videos Some of the best works on this mixed program take the form of rude, in-your-face cultural commentary, reminding us that nose-thumbing humor still runs strong in Chicago art. In the fabulously demented Slow Gin Soul Stallion the duo who call themselves Animal Charm reedit found footage so that objects […]

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The Straight Dope

Can eating foods with poppy seeds (i.e., bagels, muffins, etc) really cause someone to fail a routine corporate drug test? I’ve heard the answer is yes, but I am a skeptic. Aren’t drug tests specialized? Are they really testing for opium, which I understand to be the only drug made from the poppy? And even […]

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Chrome

CHROME The fate of Chrome seemed sealed with the passing of cofounder Damon Edge in 1995, but in this age of ceaseless reunions and reinvigorations, even dead bands play again: the legendary San Francisco group’s other founder, Helios Creed, is using the name to take a new version of the freaky outer-space show on the […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 4/3 – Thursday 4/9 APRIL By Cara Jepsen 3 FRIDAY In all the coverage of Indonesia’s faltering economy, there’s been little mention of that country’s brutal 22-year occupation of East Timor. But a network of activists is working to end the U.S.-sanctioned takeover. The group’s current goal is to convince Congress to vote down […]

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The Sound of Mental Distrubance

Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, March 12 and 19 By Lee Sandlin Modernist music is about a century old, and nobody knows yet what to do with it. Its proponents used to push it on audiences with millennial fervor: they would tell you, quite seriously, that its shrieking dissonances and insane chromatic harmonies were […]

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Open Spaces

The Newton Boys Rating *** A must see Directed by Richard Linklater Written by Linklater, Claude Stanush, and Clark Lee Walker With Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Dwight Yoakam, Julianna Margulies, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Chloe Webb. Shortly before reseeing Richard Linklater’s sixth feature, The Newton Boys, I caught up with his first–a Super-8 opus […]

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It

It A department store clerk (Clara Bow) tries to live according to the tenets of Elinor Glyn’s book about sex appeal (also titled It) and winds up marrying her boss. This fast and funny silent comedy of 1927 has one of the great lines of the period–“Hot socks! Here comes the boss!”–and as Dave Kehr […]

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No Girl

No Girl, Stone Circle Theatre Ensemble, at Voltaire. The workshop process can be a valuable editing tool for a play. In the case of Emma Vogel’s No Girl, however, it appears to have acted more as a shredder. The story begins with buddies Mike and Joe loafing in a Sunday afternoon celebration of masculinity (“Sunday! […]

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Heels on Wheels

orourke.qxd Dear editor, In response to Julie Sherman’s letter regarding the October Critical Mass bike ride (City File, March 13), I find it disconcerting that Ms. Sherman would be angrier at bicyclists breaking traffic laws using 30-pound silent, zero-emission vehicles to create awareness and safety than at the enraged motorists breaking traffic laws using 3,000-pound […]