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Safe Havens

toma.qxd To Alison True: It is with strong ambivalence that I write this to you. I applaud and thank you for running the lead story, “In With the Out Crowd,” in the December 11 issue of the Reader. Having worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) youth for over five years, I know that […]

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DJ Q-Bert

DJ Q-BERT Q-Bert is the most celebrated member of the celebrated Bay Area DJ crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and his streamlined but lightning-quick performance in the recent DJ documentary Battle Sounds shows why. He might not have thought to do what he does without pioneers like Grandmaster Flash or D.St, but he makes their work […]

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Doo Wop Shoo Bop

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Ruth Brown once performed before a segregated audience, the ballroom divided by a long rope. By the end of the concert the rope had broken and the crowd had lost–and found–themselves in the music. It happens here too. Jackie Taylor’s tribute to black doo-wop groups and singers of the 1950s has […]

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The Straight Dope

Lately I’ve been hearing nasty little rumors that my favorite addiction is just that…an addiction! Is it true that Chap Stick and others of that ilk contain ingredients that make you long for more? Is it true that the evil executives of these companies are preying on hapless lip-lickers such as myself in order to […]

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Jesse Fortune & Little Smokey Smothers

JESSE FORTUNE & LITTLE SMOKEY SMOTHERS Guitarist Abe “Little Smokey” Smothers and vocalist Jesse Fortune haven’t always gotten their due in this town, but these Chicago blues veterans have earned international reputations with their generation-spanning command of styles and influences. Smothers’s career stretches back to the mid-50s–and includes a stint backing Howlin’ Wolf–but he didn’t […]

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Redman/Method Man

REDMAN/METHOD MAN The imminent millennium has become the excuse in many sectors for things that don’t make sense, and hip-hop is no exception. On his sprawling second solo album, Tical 2000: Judgement Day (Def Jam), Wu-Tang mainstay Method Man rasps seductively about vague apocalyptic visions, tossing in bloated bits by Chris Rock, Janet Jackson, and […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 12/25 – Thursday 1/7 DECEMBER By Cara Jepsen 25 FRIDAY Reasons people could give for not participating in the monthly Critical Mass bike ride, according to the group’s tongue-in-cheek list: “Global warming is caused by bovine flatulence, not cars,” “How am I going to eat, talk on my cell phone, put on my makeup, […]

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The Cow

A watershed in Iranian cinema, Dariush Mehrjui’s 1969 second feature follows the example of the Italian neorealists with its stark, sympathetic depiction of an impoverished village that’s suspicious of outsiders but glued together by kinship, religion, and compassion. Based on a short story that was first adapted into a TV play, it has the simplicity […]

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A Tale of Two Felons

A Tale of Two Felons Oecently released felon Fred B. Roti, former alderman of the First Ward, could pop up in Kup, Sneed, or “Inc.” only if he died. Recently released felon Dan Rostenkowski, former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, could pop up in Kup, Sneed, or “Inc.” more often only if […]