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Cornershop

Cornershop Ethnic fusion is quickly becoming as common as electric guitar in pop music, but the Indian-Anglo group Cornershop has managed to slip in some cultural reappropriation as well: on the group’s latest album, When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop), Tjinder Singh swipes the raga-rock classic “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has […]

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Shades of Winter

Barbara Crane: Artifacts and Entities at Lallak + Tom Gallery, through December 31 By Stephen Longmire In the 60s and 70s, Barbara Crane created wonderfully complex photographs using the “whole roll,” printing sequences of similar images on long scrolls of paper or in grids. Although the individual panels are of interest, the dark spaces between […]

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Turning Pro

Dealer’s Choice Never Swim Alone Maricela de la Luz Lights the World Roadworks Productions at Victory Gardens Theater By Adam Langer Box-office failures are incredible teachers. The elusive appeal of a hit might inspire its authors to try to reproduce a winning formula, but a bomb provides a textbook example of what doesn’t succeed. Following […]

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Puff Daddy & The Family

PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY Producer, label owner, and recording artist Sean “Puffy” Combs (aka Puff Daddy) has practically owned the pop charts for the last year or two–longer if you consider that he found new-jack superstars Mary J. Blige and Jodeci as an A and R agent for the Uptown label. The best-known artist […]

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The Straight Dope

There’s been a lot of talk in the last few years about subliminal advertising, sexual words and phalluses in Disney movies, etc. Another rumor I keep hearing is that a part of the male anatomy was pictured unintentionally in a Sears catalog underwear ad in 1975. Let me put it this way: a penis is […]

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Daly News

By Bonnie McGrath “You’re sort of two-dimensional on television. When you get a chance to appear on the stage, it fleshes you out to a three-dimensional person.” –Joel Daly, Kankakee Daily Journal, 1992 Joel Daly and Fahey Flynn paired up in 1967, and people still talk about what happened. Some think they ruined TV news […]

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Rakim

RAKIM Hip-hop quickly disposes of its heroes, but if any of the significant artists of its late-80s heyday is still unimpeachable, it’s Rakim, who did more than anyone to elevate rapping to the level of poetry. He and his old DJ partner Eric B. ushered in a new era with Paid in Full (1987) and […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 11/21 – Thursday 11/27 NOVEMBER By Cara Jepsen 21 FRIDAY Legendary Mexican actress Maria Felix has no real U.S. counterpart, but certain aspects of her performance in the 1943 film Do–a Barbara recall Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar. Do–a Barbara is a tyrannical rancher with a vehement dislike for male authority. Marisela, her daughter […]

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Hope Beyond the Hype

Rent at the Shubert Theatre By Albert Williams There are no miracles; we all know that. Misers aren’t transformed into philanthropists overnight by ghostly visitations, manic-depressives aren’t saved from suicide by angelic interventions, department-store Santas don’t possess magical powers, and teenage junkies with AIDS don’t come back to life on their deathbeds. There are no […]

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Your Tax Dollars At Work

Why can’t Mayor Daley just be nice to Alderman Helen Shiller? True, she never votes for his budget, and she didn’t make an exception at last week’s City Council meeting. But Alderman Robert Shaw didn’t vote for Daley’s 1998 budget either. He told everyone he was protesting the mayor’s refusal to reinstate council oversight on […]