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Hipper Hop

New York hip-hop is shaking up and waking up to a new electronic music that’s both innovative and commercial. The new style is not so much a sound as a strategy, a cold fusion that maps a middle ground between tripped-out Wu-Tang science and overeager Puffy pop.

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Hot Shit

Ronnie Lottz attributes his success to the firmly held belief that “everyone’s got one friend, uncle, or relative who likes hot shit.” The 31-year-old Lottz operates Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn, a funky little wood-paneled storefront that serves as a combination clubhouse, cigar shop, and hot sauce dealership, with a small motorcycle museum thrown in […]

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Annie Sprinkle Herstory of Porn: Reel to Real

Annie Sprinkle (nee Ellen Steinberg) has gone from porn star to sexual-healing guru to performance artist. Thousands of audience members (including me) have seen her cervix, and thousands more have had their photographs taken with Sprinkle’s generous breasts on their heads. Her performances are irreverent, intelligent, sensual, clownish, and sweetly brutal, celebrating the power of […]

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Sports Section

The White Sox remain the south-side equivalent of what Jack Brickhouse used to call “a snakebitten Cubs ball team,” and that’s even truer off the field than on. The Sox returned from a road trip in mid-May with a record of 18-16 and with every sports reporter in town repeating the club slogan “the kids […]

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Basic Unfairness/The Real World

By Michael Miner Basic Unfairness Bulls general manager Jerry Krause made a big mistake last month on national television. He’d just beaten the odds and been handed the first pick in the next NBA draft, and he looked gleeful. Krause quivering with ecstacy is a strange and infuriating sight, and the next day the Chicago […]

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Thee Headcoats & Thee Headcotees

THEE HEADCOATS & THEE HEADCOATEES Art brut cottage industry Billy Childish has released roughly 80 albums in the last 22 years–which means he’s now rewritten the Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night” several hundred times. Wearing his working-class English rasp like a medal, the singer-guitarist-painter-poet has gotten harsher and funnier in his middle […]

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Spot Check

JOHN SINCLAIR & his blues scholars 6/4-6, HEARTLAND CAFE Jazz poetry gets maligned from both sides: lots of jazz fans think the words are gratuitous, and lots of poetry fans don’t understand what all the honking and squeaking is for. John Sinclair, the New Orleans-based jazz poet who’s still most famous for his stint as […]

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Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Just Say No Bailiwick Repertory By Albert Williams In his program notes for Larry Kramer’s Just Say No, the opening attraction of Bailiwick Repertory’s gay-oriented “Pride ’99” series, director David Zak opines that “friends of the very powerful Reagans who watched this 10 years ago must have been stunned.” Therein lie both the main purpose […]

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The Winslow Boy

It’s hard to imagine a more uncharacteristic David Mamet project: an adaptation of a genteel Terence Rattigan play from the mid-1940s about family affection and loyalty (previously adapted for a 1948 film directed by Anthony Asquith), based on the real trial of English naval cadet George Archer-Shee in 1910. But this may well be the […]

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Credit’s Due

Last week’s Section Two drama listing for Symposium Theatre’s Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline included comments about a previous production of the same play by a different theater company. We apologize for the mistake. The current show will be reviewed in an upcoming issue. The editors

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Pavement

PAVEMENT Rumors have been flying for months that Pavement’s Terror Twilight (Matador), which hits the shelves Tuesday, is to be the band’s swan song. If that’s true, they’re going out with more of a whimper than a bang—but even Pavement’s whimpering beats a lot of other people’s banging. The new album builds on the direct […]

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Space Hogs

Eugene Pincham is only partially correct when he takes permit parking in the city to task [May 28]. There should not be any resident-only parking in the city regardless of what the courts or the city council says. I pay the same taxes that go for street upkeep and maintenance as any other resident of […]