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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In January North Dakota legislators decided against a proposal to crack down on motorists who relieve themselves into containers while driving and then toss the receptacles filled with urine or feces out the window. Said Representative John Mahoney, “We want to promote tourism, and [such a law] might be offensive.” An article in […]

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This Ain’t No Disco

The Disco Box (Rhino) By Douglas Wolk The cover of the 1977 album Cerrone’s Paradise shows the eponymous French disco producer crouching on a black tile floor, dressed in a white jumpsuit unzipped to the waist. Behind him is a small white refrigerator, and next to that a little jar of white powder lies spilled. […]

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[Re: “Del Close,” March 12] Dear editor, If you look closely at the sidewalk in front of 703 Howard Street (Evanston side), the painted footprints and name of Del Close can still be discerned. It was at this location, around 1980, where I saw a production of the Practical Theater Company with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and […]

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Pick-ups and Hiccups

PICK-UPS AND HICCUPS, Boom Chicago, at Live Bait Theater. In the five years since its inception, Boom Chicago has jump-started the careers of many of Chicago’s most gifted improvisers, who can now be seen onstage at Second City and ImprovOlympic, among other venues. The Amsterdam-based Boom Chicago is also one of the best-paying gigs around, […]

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Mythical Motherland

Willie Doherty at the Renaissance Society, through April 18 By Jill Elaine Hughes The tone and subject matter of Willie Doherty’s latest installation, True Nature, at the Renaissance Society came as something of a shock to me. Instead of the bombed-out buildings, rusty burned-out cars, and other remnants of Ireland’s guerrilla war for which this […]

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Polaroid Stories

POLAROID STORIES, Trap Door Theatre. Playwright Naomi Iizuka’s grisly, haunting portrait of Minneapolis gutter punks would be significant if only for the fact that it’s one of the first plays to dramatically depict homelessness. And Iizuka resists the urge to sentimentalize her subject: her characters are shameful, self-absorbed, and destructive. Nor does she waste time […]

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Dragon Town Story

Dragon Town Story Wu Chien-lien dominates this 1997 costume drama, shot on location in northern China, about an ice maiden seeking revenge against the warlord who massacred her clan. Posing as a married couple, she and a hired assassin infiltrate the warlord’s lair and befriend his family, and director Yeung Fung-leung rises above plot machination […]

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Ravenous This dark fantasy-adventure set in the Sierra Nevada in 1847 is at its best when it’s least overtly allegorical–and fortunately that’s most of the time. Guy Pearce plays a strangely hapless captain whose inadvertent heroism during the Mexican War gets him dispatched to a desolate outpost where the soldiers have too much time on […]

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Polish Movie Springtime

Polish Movie Springtime Polish Movie Springtime, a festival of classic and contemporary Polish films presented by the Society for Arts, continues Friday, March 19, through Friday, March 26. Screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $5 to $7; a $12 pass admits […]