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Savage Love

I have been an avid reader of your column for about three years, and I need you to answer a question for me. I don’t feel that this is a question I can ask my doctor or anyone who might have an answer for me at work. I am a black man who enjoys drinking […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Artists of Color

African American Art in Chicago, 1900-1950 at Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, through October 30 Al Loving: Elegant Ideas at G.R. N’Namdi, through October 23 Willie Robert Middlebrook: Black Angels at Schneider, through October 19 By Fred Camper Most Western paintings are like windows: the painter’s supple surfaces and engaging forms lead the viewer into […]

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A Whisper To a Scream

Sainkho Namtchylak at the Museum of Contemporary Art, September 26 To the great credit of the organizers, Chicago’s first World Music Festival was not the display of reverse cultural tourism that it could have been: the programming was instead a lively, busy confusion of the folkloric and the futuristic, the ethnically “pure” and the scrapings […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Sports Section

September is the month when most baseball fans start looking ahead to the next season, because it’s when rosters expand from a maximum of 25 to 40 and the phenoms come up from the minor leagues. The Cubs and their fans, however, are different. To love the Cubs is to love the past–the distant past, […]

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The Lady

Released in 1998 after a seven-year ban by the Iranian government, this feature by Dariush Mehrjui explores the psyche of a distressed upper-class woman but also serves as a political parable about Iran’s uneasy class relations. Banoo, abandoned by her philandering husband, invites a homeless gardener and his wife to live in her Tehran mansion, […]

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Stonewall Jackson’s House

STONEWALL JACKSON’S HOUSE, Next Theatre Company. George S. Kaufman once said that “satire is what closes Saturday night.” A devilish form, satire demands that the playwright be both storyteller and editorial writer. If the story flags, then the play becomes mere hectoring. And if the writer fails to skewer his subject, the play has no […]

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Spot Check

CHLORINE 10/8, HOUSE OF BLUES Not even as interesting as Ratt, who headline. NEBULA 10/8, EMPTY BOTTLE To the Center (Sub Pop) is the forthcoming full-length debut from this LA trio (earlier EPs were on Man’s Ruin and Relapse), and their bongwater-stanky groove is colored deep purple and blue–as in cheer, and as in the […]