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Size Matters

Joel Ross at Vedanta Gallery V-2, through June 25 Pamela Golden: You Know I’ve Been at Sea Before at Fassbender, through July 10 Nicholas Sistler: The Confounded Eye at Printworks, through July 10 By Fred Camper “The next time I write a poem,” Jean Cocteau wryly noted on the advent of CinemaScope, “I’m going to […]

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A Moon for the Misbegotten

A Moon for the Misbegotten, Circle Theatre. Four acts hang a heavy load of narrative on a plot that seems the stuff of farce: sly farmer Hogan and his buxom daughter Josie scheme to stop their alcoholic landlord from selling their farm–and damned if the landlord doesn’t declare his love for the slatternly lass, and […]

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A Woman’s Place

Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium at the Illinois Art Gallery, through July 30 By Janina A. Ciezadlo Just a little over 100 years ago, Pierre-Auguste Renoir declared, “I consider women writers, lawyers and politicians…as monsters and nothing but five-legged calves. The woman artist is merely ridiculous, but I am in favor of the female […]

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Same Old Story

Same Old Story [Re: “History of Abuse,” May 21] I really was disappointed to read the sad story of the anonymous man who as an anonymous boy was molested by an anonymous priest (now dead). I really have to ask, what’s the point of this? If this were a new and unique story it would […]

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The Hole

Last year the Film Center screened Last Dance, the 69-minute film directed by Tsai Ming-liang for the French TV anthology “2000 Seen By”; this 95-minute version is the one Tsai prefers, though the film is well worth seeing in any form. An SF story set in the present, wryly postapocalyptic and gorgeously shot and framed, […]

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Lakshminarayan Global Music Festival With L. Subramaniam

LAKSHMINARAYAN GLOBAL MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH L. SUBRAMANIAM Violinist and composer Lakshminarayana Subramaniam is no household name–and in fact, even in households used to such polysyllabic appellations, people are more likely to know his violinist brother, L. Shankar, who first caught Western ears as a cofounder of John McLaughlin’s East-West fusion, Shakti, in the mid-70s. But […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Jose Lopezes in the operating room: In May Jose Maria Lopez, 33, had a six-inch footlike growth amputated from his left ankle at Whittier Hospital Medical Center in Whittier, California. And a few days earlier, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, surgeons removed a small bottle from the rectum of a Jose Lopez, 43. […]

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HATEWAVE 6/19, METRO This local “ultraspeed deathmusik” trio’s first official LP, a limited-edition vinyl pressing on Up Jumps the Devil Records, has scared off the band’s European distributor–gee, I wonder if it was the mangled corpse faces on the back cover or song titles like “Slit the Catholic Throat” and “Hate Crime Spree” that broke […]

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Poor Excuse for Preaching

To the editor: I’m generally pretty glad I’m not poor, but I’m really, really glad I’m not poor in the neighborhood of the Employment Resource Center (Neighborhood News, May 28), because if I were, and if I were interested in maybe getting a job or some training from this city-funded agency, I’d have to put […]

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SIMPATICO, Dramatist Revolutionary Army, at Performance Loft. Something’s not quite right in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico. Most of the strangeness is intentional–deceit and duplicity rule in this 1995 film noir revenge tragicomedy. Set in the shadowy world of corrupt thoroughbred horse breeding, it pits cutthroat businessman Carter against his down-and-out childhood friend Vinnie. Having concocted several […]

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Savage Love

For the last eight years I’ve been taping myself naked and jacking off solo with a camcorder. Nothing too far-out, I just thought it would be fun. Here’s the problem: I’m 21 now and don’t know what to do with these old vids of myself. The person on the tape is clearly me, and I’ve […]

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Funeral for a Friend

Photographer Steven D. Arazmus, a Reader contributor for more than 11 years, passed away last weekend. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 17, at Salerno’s Rosedale Chapel, 450 W. Lake Street in Roselle. Visitation hours are 6 to 9 PM. The eulogy is at 7:30. For directions, call 630-582-5230.

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How Will His Garden Grow?

Dear Reader, Your article of May 21, “Plowed Under,” concerns my neighbor Gregory Iglesias and his eccentric garden. Gregory has been my neighbor for many years. He’s a wonderful person and has always been a delight to know. Year by year, as my children grew, we looked forward to each exotic change in Gregory’s garden. […]