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The Straight Dope

While sex without reproduction seems like a better goal, I heard that turkeys can actually reproduce without sex. I know they’re stupid/primitive, but can this be true? –Rory Pfotenhauer, Delores, Colorado You heard right, compadre. Parthenogenesis–reproduction without benefit of sex–occurs spontaneously in a handful of species, most of them fairly simple but some surprisingly complex. […]

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A Fan Writes

What’s with the World Music Festival write-up on Marvin Tate’s D-Settlement [September 17 and 24]? You give one sentence to a great local band and a paragraph to everyone else? (Doesn’t seem very supportive of the local acts.) D-Settlement is an eclectic mix of music, poetry, performance, and much more that is shaking up the […]

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Calendar

Friday 10/8 – Thursday 10/14 OCTOBER By Cara Jepsen 8 FRIDAY He doesn’t smear elephant dung on images of the Virgin Mary, but local artist Dick Detzner has received a rap on the knuckles from the head of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, who’s called his paintings of corporate icons in religious […]

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Ea Sola

Choreographer Ea Sola is loyal to two cultures–and to none. “I never feel that I’ve got a country to call my own,” she said in a 1995 interview. “When I’m in Paris I’m in love with Paris; when I go to Vietnam I like Vietnam.” Born and raised in that war-torn place, she left it […]

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Freakwater

FREAKWATER With album number six, the ominously titled End Time (Thrill Jockey), Freakwater has undergone the most significant reinvention of its career, and the swapping of multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston for steel guitarist Eric Heywood feels like the least of the changes. End Time is the first Freakwater album to include as many songs by Janet […]

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They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants John Flansburgh and John Linnell have spent the last 15 years making people laugh at their own inside jokes–now that’s talent. They succeed in part because they’ve managed to bring their audience into their inner circle, with gimmicks like Dial a Song (now at www.dialasong.com) and a good-looking Web site stocked […]

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Franz and Zelda’s Happy Time Cabaret Hour

FRANZ AND ZELDA’S HAPPY TIME CABARET HOUR, Tingle Tangel Theatre, at Breadline Theatre. In this late-night show John Osterhagen and Juliet Schaefer–the Franz and Zelda of the title–mix two of my favorite genres: Weimar-style cabaret and the reorchestration of trashy pop numbers into classic-sounding torch songs. Osterhagen, who did all the arrangements, accompanies the smoky-voiced […]

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French Connection

Dear Reader: Re the October 1 Straight Dope: Roger Ebert had an interesting slant on the French-Jerry Lewis affair when I wrote to his Sunday page. I asked him if we would ever be able to look down on the French for idolizing Lewis when multimillions are paid to such actors as Jim Carrey and, […]

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Future City Homosexual Tells All

FUTURE CITY HOMOSEXUAL TELLS ALL, at the Theatre Building. Written and belted out by Jeff-winning composer Kamys, this two-act semiautobiographical concert monologue features 16 country-western songs, ranging from the jukebox rouser “I’d Rather Lick My Wounds Than Kiss Your Ass” to “Rider,” a bellowing, Janis Joplin-style love ballad. A familiar story of self-discovery connects the […]

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Fantastic Voyage

The Odyssey Goodman Theatre By Adam Langer “How long is it? “That’s a rather personal question, sir.” –Monty Python’s Flying Circus The man in the lobby of Facets before the noon showing of Jacques Rivette’s Secret Defense took a look at the blackboard and snorted. “Three hours? That’s rich,” the man said to his companion. […]