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Kahil El’Zabar’s Experimental Band

KAHIL EL’ZABAR’S EXPERIMENTAL BAND In his work as a nightclub promoter, arts activist, and artistic director of Steppenwolf’s “Traffic” series, Kahil El’Zabar tends to fix his gaze on the future. But in his latest musical project the percussionist and bandleader serves up a slice or two of the past as well. His new Experimental Band–a […]

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Rhinoceros Theater Festival

Rhinoceros Theater Festival This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music takes its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big). Traditionally dedicated to presenting new, sometimes innovative work by Chicago performing-arts groups, the fest this year also features artists from Germany’s Freiwild Festival; several programs feature […]

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Fulfilling Koch’s Postulate

FULFILLING KOCH’S POSTULATE, Treehouse, at Angel Island. It’s tough to trigger laughs with typhoid fever. Undeterred, Joan Schenkar has penned a perversely playful hour-long one-act postulating a weird codependency between science and sickness. Never has the stupidity of infection been so–well, contagious. Schenkar imagines that Typhoid Mary, infamous for transporting the typhus germ to 20 […]

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Poverty of Thought

Shopping and Fucking Bailiwick Repertory Every time I have to see a play about “the homeless” or “the underclass” or “the disenfranchised,” I cringe in anticipation of 90 minutes of misery. Nine times out of ten, these are the works in which playwrights break the golden rule–Write about what you know–delivering instead absurd yet humorless […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: Since I don’t feel comfortable asking anyone I know for advice about this, I’m writing to you. I’m a woman whose new beau’s tool is too small to fit inside me! After less than two months, a pattern has been established: after as much dry humping as I can tolerate (frustrating for me […]

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City of Big Navels

Headline In response to Jeff Huebner’s article about Kimler’s complaint of the Chicago art world [June 26], I have a suggestion. Chicago’s art heritage exists, yet is being completely ignored due to the shortsighted preoccupation with the invention of a new talent or movement. Chicago’s so-called art authorities and all their “little goats on ropes” […]

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Spot Check

DECLAN NERNEY 9/11, ABBEY PUB I suppose it’s only fitting that while Americans are stuffing the coffers of Michael Flatley and weeping like premenstrual maidens over bagpipes on movie soundtracks, at least one son of Erin is digging Del Shannon and Dolly Parton. On Declan Nerney’s Let’s Dance (Hooley/Universal), the Dublin native might have explored […]

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Tenant’s Plights

ansell.qxd Dear editor, I found the article “It’s Insanity!” [August 28] to be another disappointing example of why the Reader should stop writing stories about landlord-tenant issues. As my mother used to say, if you can’t do something well, don’t do it at all. Not since Ben Joravsky did a good job of covering the […]

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Kathy Taylor

KATHY TAYLOR Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local musical-theater artists, M.A.M. Records has put out five albums, including two anthologies by the Second City Divas, an unofficial collective of leading Chicago singer-actresses. Among the “divas” is Kathy Taylor, the talented and elegant mezzo noted for her performances in such local productions […]

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Zine-o-File

From the pages of Travelling Shoes ¥ Number One, Summer 1997 (P.O. Box 206653, New Haven, CT 06520-6653; $2) Excerpts from: The Cult of Prime Rib By H.D. Miller Signs advertising inexpensive prime rib are everywhere in Las Vegas. They’re more ubiquitous than advertisements for Siegfried and Roy; more common than pictures of Wayne Newton. […]

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Spinanes

SPINANES When they debuted at the International Pop Underground Convention in Olympia, Washington, in 1991, the Spinanes embodied the fresh promise of indie pop. Portland natives Rebecca Gates (guitar and vocals) and Scott Plouf (drums) played ingratiatingly tuneful, bedroom-bred guitar pop; their early sets included a song about having a crush on Jad Fair and […]

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Twin Peeks

David Teplica at Stephen Daiter, through September 19 By Fred Camper Some early cultures were so appalled by the phenomenon of identical twins that they killed them. Our own more humane society tends to find them merely cute. But not David Teplica, a Chicago photographer and MD with an active practice in plastic and reconstructive […]