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No Longer in Service

“The CTA taketh away” all right, but the other half of your caption (December 25) is wrong. It wasn’t the CTA who gave most of what the CTA hath taken away: it was the Chicago Surface Lines, the Chicago Motor Coach Company, and the Chicago Rapid Transit Company. The most unfortunate thing about the 1945 […]

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TRG Music listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts ALEXANDRA BILLINGS Free concert; birthday tribute to Sophie Tucker. Wednesday, 1 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1426. TRENT CARLINI Elvis tribute concert. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. 847-671-5100 or 312-559-1212. CINDERS & ELLA Free performance in the cafe. Saturday, 8 PM, Borders […]

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Dear Reader, The rabble must be thoroughly confused by now. Elite economists advise them continuously to spend, spend, spend, exercising their consumer sovereignty. Now the keepers of Buy Nothing Day suggest that the shopping masses can’t distinguish between simple gift giving, prudent consumption, and an engineered Furby frenzy and urge them to curb their profligacy […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In November the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, featured “cowboy poker” contests, in which four men sit at a table in the middle of the arena and a particularly aggressive bull is turned loose. As the bull rushes the table, the last cowboy to leave his chair wins the pot, which totaled […]

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Paul Lytton

PAUL LYTTON Percussionist Paul Lytton usually comes packaged with two of his fellow pillars of European improvised music, saxophonist Evan Parker and bassist Barry Guy, but this week Chicagoans will get several opportunities to hear him in new contexts. The British-born Lytton (who now lives in Germany) first worked with Parker in 1969, in a […]

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Petty Crime

November 23, 4:30 AM, 2900 block of North Kolmar. Assault. Two cabdrivers argued over fare. First driver threatened to follow and shoot second driver, who had got fare. Later first driver pulled up next to second driver and flashed gun. Victim called dispatcher, who called police, who located offender by means of tracking device in […]

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Savage Love

Confidential to Wasted in West Oak Lane: Without casting aspersions on strippers/exotic dancers, clearly this woman views her relationship with you as a business venture and not a romance. That she accepts money and gifts, gives you the occasional ride home, and is always happy to see you at her shows are not indications that […]

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Top Ten of ’98

1 GASTR DEL SOL Camoufleur (Drag City). David Grubbs’s final collaboration with Jim O’Rourke is a fitting swan song, an absorbing collection of art-pop tunes expertly fitted with experimental flourishes. From Rob Mazurek’s sputtering cornet on the breezy “The Seasons Reverse” to Markus Popp’s fractal electronics on the melancholy “Blues Subtitled No Sense of Wonder” […]

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Spot Check

CAFE R&B 1/9, BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS My hackles stood up immediately at the idea of this careful, James Cameron-esque evocation of postwar electric blues and early R & B (from, where else, LA), but if we must tolerate retro, I’ll take it this way. In the blues, it’s not what you say so much as […]

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Mything Out

Prometheus Bound TinFish Theatre By Justin Hayford If I had to toss one classical Greek tragedy onto the theatrical scrap heap, it would be Prometheus Bound. Sure, it has great historical significance, not least because it’s one of only seven surviving plays by Aeschylus (who wrote more than ten times that number). After all, the […]