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Merian Soto

Merian Soto It’s not easy to put social dances on the stage. We may love to go to clubs or parties and watch others dance or dance ourselves, but the experience is different in a theater, where we’re not immersed in music and sweat. Too many choreographers respond to the challenge with overdetermined pieces, creating […]

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City File

Just try driving on a expired license for five years. Forty-five, or 17 percent, of Illinois’ 268 major Clean Water Act permits have expired, and 6 of them have been expired for more than five years, according to a report by Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Working Group. (Five permits belonging to the […]

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Common

COMMON On his third album, One Day It’ll All Make Sense (Relativity), Chicago rapper Common invited impressive pals like De La Soul, Q-Tip, Lauryn Hill, and the Roots’ Black Thought to help catapult him into the big time. But it’s his fourth, Like Water for Chocolate (MCA), that confirms his place among those innovators. Like […]

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Petty Crime

February 29, 2:55 PM, 200 block of West Merchandise Mart Plaza. Telephone harassment. Offender called CTA offices to complain that PA announcements on trains were too loud. “I’m gonna kill someone over this,” he said. Employees told police that man had called before. March 1, 2:20 AM, 1200 block of West Bryn Mawr. Robbery. Gun-wielding […]

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Ectomorph’s Vaudevillenium

ECTOMORPH’s vaudevillenium, Ectomorph, at Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio. The problem with too many comedy troupes in Chicago is the level of their allusions. Eager to find their place in the Hollywood comedy machine, they pack their shows with references to hit TV shows and pop icons and pepper them with buzzwords: “Sweet!” “Duh!” “Hel-lo?” […]

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Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg

EVAN PARKER & NED ROTHENBERG In most of the situations he plays in, British saxophone giant Evan Parker stands out like a nickel in a pile of pennies. His approach is practically a name brand, his circular breathing technique almost a genre unto itself–and a slew of recent recordings show his range: On Foxes Fox […]

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The Straight Dope

An article in the February 18 Wall Street Journal says, “The average mattress will double its weight in ten years as a result of being filled with dust mites and their detritus.” This sounds impossible. Is it true? Who figured this out, and how? –Nicki, via the Internet Jeepers. You know how at night, when […]

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Tons O’ Fun

By Jon Fine The prepunk late 60s and early 70s constitute one of the most widely loathed periods in music–and if you’re one of the shortsighted people who loathe it then I feel sorry for you, because it was a remarkably fertile time. It’s when new, physically based approaches to music crystallized. Like heavy hard […]

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Calendar

Friday 4/7 – Thursday 4/13 APRIL By Cara Jepsen 7 FRIDAY In today’s tight labor market, skilled workers can allegedly write their own tickets. But can they really? And will they continue to have that luxury when the economy dips? Today a group of experts, including Jonathan Hiatt of the AFL-CIO, United Airlines human resources […]