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The Straight Dope

My wife recently had a fiberglass cast removed and was given a metal brace that is strapped on with Velcro. Walking was painful until she put a couple of magnets against the afflicted area under an Ace bandage. Now she is pursuing the optional roller skate attachment to mount on the brace. She claims the […]

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Feedlot, Trap Door Theatre. Patrick Meyers’s play, about mounting tensions in a group of rowdy Texans in the control room of a mammoth grain elevator, is sweat inducing under any conditions; staged in a cramped, poorly ventilated black box by director Michael S. Pieper, it’s downright anxiety provoking. Frankly, Trap Door ought to ditch its […]

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Everybody’s a Critic

Rock, Rot & Rule (Stereolaffs) Once I was like you. I used to read the reviews in this section and think, “How the hell did that guy get to be a rock critic? I know more about music than he does.” Then one morning in the summer of 1996 I decided it would be more […]

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These Parts Edition By Cara Jepsen JUNE A slew of polka bands will oompah almost nonstop during the 26th annual Central Wisconsin Polka FestivaL. The festival runs tonight through Sunday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, on Highway 64 just outside Merrill. Admission is $6 to $8 per day. Call 715-845-9192. This Sunday’s 10:30 polka church […]

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House of the Holy

Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t care much about gutters. “It is not the deluge of water in a storm that hurts any building,” he wrote in 1938. “It is ooze and drip of dirty water in thawing and freezing, increased by slight showers.” But in the case of Taliesin, Wright’s iconic home in Spring Green, Wisconsin, […]

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Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang

HAMID DRAKE & MICHAEL ZERANG Their mutual fascination with the drum first brought Chicagoans Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang together; their mutual fascination with its long cultural history likely helped inspire the series of two-man percussion concerts with which they’ve marked the last eight winter solstices. At these events, which now routinely sell out long […]