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Petty Crime

April 23, 5 PM, 1300 block of West Belmont. Burglary. Man went out for bike ride and returned home to find door and window open and camera missing. Two hours later, burglar returned with camera and apologized for stealing it. Man still pressed charges. April 25, 1:20 PM, 3900 block of North Lake Shore Drive. […]

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Cheap Suits

Case #97L16266: AKINS v. McDONALD’S Far-north-sider Roosevelt Akins sued the McDonald’s restaurants at 5614 N. Clark and 5130 N. Sheridan for allegedly slow service. Akins claims he waited 15 minutes to order a cup of coffee at the Sheridan location on November 9, 1997. When he protested, the cashier said she hadn’t seen him and […]

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Insomniacs

INSOMNIACS Surely this is a joke, I thought upon reading that this mod garage band hails from Englishtown, New Jersey. Driving over the city limits, I imagined, you’d find all the townspeople wearing Beatle boots, polka-dot shirts, and three-button jackets, and you’d have to swerve into the left lane to miss the oncoming scooters. But […]

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The Straight Dope

Recently I read the useless fact that the quack of a duck will not echo. (1) Is this true? (I currently do not have access to either a duck or a canyon, or I would find out myself.) (2) Why not? (Assuming it is true.) (3) Are there other noises that will not echo? (4) […]

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Beneath A Dark Sky

BENEATH A DARK SKY, Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre, at Victory Gardens Theater. MPAACT continues its mission–nurturing Afrocentric theater–with this promising new drama about an African-American family in rural Texas. Shepsu Aakhu’s one-act is a bittersweet memory play, Willamena’s wistful assessment of her past, told in a fluid combination of flashbacks and narration. […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 5/22 – Thursday 5/28 MAY By Cara Jepsen 22 FRIDAY In the days before VCRs, people went to see porn films in actual movie theaters, where they were treated to the larger-than-life frolics of mustachioed hunks and blue-eye-shadowed babes. Makeup and hair is about all the body covering you’ll see in Skin Tight, which […]

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Braaxtaal

BRAAXTAAL On this Dutch group’s second album, Speechlos (Kontrans), the members abuse and recontextualize their instruments in such strange, fascinating, and funny ways that it’s impossible to tell how their work is intended. Is it deadly serious? Is it seriously Dada? Chances are you’re not meant to know for sure. Percussionist Theo Bodewes uses standard […]

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When Is a Gig Not a Gig?

horcher.qxd Dear editor: Is Evan Parker, as described in the Reader Critic’s Choice on 5/8/98, “stunning” and “breathtaking”? Yes indeed. Is his playing “extraordinary” and “meticulous”? That is perfectly true. Is it a “religious experience”? Having not had one, I wouldn’t really know. Was Friday’s performance his “first-ever live solo gig in Chicago”? Only if […]

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Everest

Everest The son of a man who climbed Mount Everest in 1953 is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, and this Omnimax account of his journey with two colleagues and several assistants and photographers smoothly combines first-person storytelling with the virtual-reality aspects of special-format filmmaking. It’s filled with gently drawn characters, breathtaking scenery, and […]

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Rocking the Vote

Bulworth Rating *** A must see Directed by Warren Beatty Written by Beatty and Jeremy Pikser With Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Jack Warden, Paul Sorvino, Don Cheadle, and Amiri Baraka. By Jonathan Rosenbaum “Warren Beatty co-wrote, directed, and stars in this satire about a self-destructive U.S. senator using race-baiting tactics to get reelected.” I […]

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John Fahey

JOHN FAHEY In the 60s John Fahey was pegged as a folk revivalist who made make-out music for hippies; a decade later he was blamed for the insipid acoustic noodlings of the New Age. But after a lengthy absence imposed by health and personal problems, the guitarist has recently issued a series of discs that […]

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Clockwatchers

Clockwatchers This impressive first feature by Jill Sprecher, coscripting with her sister Karen, shows that she has an eye and ear all her own. The focus of this subtle and intelligent comedy is the experience of four office temps–played by Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding), Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, and Alanna Ubach–who temporarily bond to stave […]