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Heavy Toll

As head of the tollway system Robert Hickman had power, influence, and lots of friends. Then he was accused of abusing his position, in a bizarre case that exposed the inner workings of a 40-year patronage empire. Hickman went to jail. His crime? Good que

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Sports Section

This was the year when the corporate cancer that afflicts all major sports almost succeeded in overwhelming the Super Bowl finally and for good. The National Football League title matchup was itself a sign of the problem, a game played between nomadic teams moved by fat-cat owners to take advantage of sweetheart deals. The Tennessee […]

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TRG Music listings

Music listings are compiled by LAURA KOPEN and RENALDO MIGALDI (classical, fairs and festivals) from information available Tuesday. We advise calling ahead for confirmation. Please send listings information, in-cluding a phone number for use by the public, to Reader Music Listings, 11 E. Illinois, Chicago 60611, or send a fax to 312-828-9926, or send E-mail […]

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Spot Check

LORDS OF ACID 2/4, VIC The latest release from this never-say-die My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult tribute band is largely–surprise!–remixes, by Frankie Bones, Robbie Hardkiss, Rob Swift, God Lives Underwater, members of KMFDM, and others. It also includes the group’s really annoying hit “Am I Sexy” from the Austin Powers: The Spy Who […]

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Critic’s Choice

µ-ZIQ The title of Mike Paradinas’s spastic first album, Tango ‘N’ Vectif (1993), means a diatribe against dancing, and indeed, Paradinas, aka µ-ziq, occupies a deluxe La-Z-Boy in the pantheon of armchair technoheads who’d rather work a rebus than give up the funk. But even at his driest–unlike Squarepusher or Autechre, whose overriding goal seems […]

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Trial By Fire

TRIAL BY FIRE, Black Sphota Cocoon, at the Preston Bradley Center for the Arts. The incident driving Trial by Fire is almost farcical–a hairstyling session gone awry. Yet this Black Sphota Cocoon production proves to have a serious message about black women’s options, their sisterhood, and of course their relationship to their hair. Playwright Kim […]

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Tony Reedus Quartet

TONY REEDUS QUARTET From his very first recordings–with bands led by his uncle, pianist James Williams–Memphis-born drummer Tony Reedus has offered listeners a tight beat and no-nonsense swing derived from classic hard-bop models like Art Blakey, Louis Hayes, Philly Joe Jones, and Art Taylor. Reedus’s drive, along with his explosive solo style and good command […]

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Towering Tragedies

Desire Under the Elms Court Theatre A Moon for the Misbegotten Goodman Theatre “Lady, I don’t care what kind of prize he’s won, he can’t put on a dirty show in my town.” That was the edict laid down by Detroit police censor Charles Snyder to a Theatre Guild representative in 1947 in regard to […]

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Around the Coyote Winter Festival

Around the Coyote Winter Festival The organizers of the Around the Coyote arts festival, an annual Labor Day weekend event in the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, have put together a three-day winter festival to herald the new millennium. Like its fall counterpart, this weekend’s fest features theater, improv, and spoken-word performances at various venues. […]

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Shallots Lays Down the Law

Laura Frankel and Dennis Wasko started experimenting with fine kosher cuisine in 1997. Frankel had kept a kosher kitchen at home for ten years and Wasko had never set foot in one, but both found the challenge of working within the strict culinary restrictions inspiring. They started a small catering company, testing the market for […]