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Winifred Haun & Dancers

Chicago choreographer Winifred Haun has always had a wry side. The solo Offer Void (which she made while still dancing with Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre some ten years ago) alternates contemporary classical music with Joe Cocker’s “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window”–and the dancing likewise vacillates between the astringent and the overblown and […]

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“The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II

Studs Terkel’s Pulitzer-winning “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II fought its own war: Terkel’s firsthand witnesses testified to the ugly side of a noble struggle–internment camps, homophobia and racism in the trenches, war profiteering, rejection of the disfigured wounded, and American propagandizing. Like any war, this one undermined the very principles […]

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Sanitation Engineer

Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People at the Chicago Historical Society, through May 21 By Fred Camper Like a lot of Americans, I had my first art experience with Norman Rockwell. He was also responsible for my first disappointment. At age five or six I found a copy of my father’s old Boy Scout […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In April the Orange County Register revealed that human tissue banks, which are widely believed by the public to be either government or nonprofit operated, are actually highly profitable commercial concerns, with annual revenues of $500 million and rising. Today a donated cadaver brings up to $200,000 to tissue banks and their contractors. […]

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Black Beauty

Cathal Coughlan Black River Falls (Cooking Vinyl) By Rick Reger One of the most apt terms ever applied to Irish-born singer-songwriter Cathal Coughlan is “churl.” He leads a side project called Bubonique and entitled one of its records Trance Arse Vol. 3. He’s fond of song titles like “Ray of Hope, Hoe of Rape” and […]

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Police Scanner

Tuesday, April 25, 10:45 AM Dispatcher: Hey, got a lady getting naked in the middle of the street, Moffat and Kedzie, Kedzie and Moffat. 1421: OK. Dispatcher: 434? 1434: I’m clear. You want me to assist 21 or whatever? Dispatcher: Yeah, you could join the rest of the district. 1434: Just to help 21–usually those […]

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Percy Strother

PERCY STROTHER Born in Mississippi in 1946, bluesman Percy Strother lost both parents while still a boy and took to the road, preferring to drift from job to job rather than endure life in an orphanage. His father had taught him a little guitar, but it wasn’t until he settled in Minneapolis, his current home, […]

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David Kodeski’s True Life Tales

Onstage David Kodeski has a disarming looseness, an honest, likable simplicity that makes even folksy performers like Spalding Gray seem forced and fake. But don’t be fooled by Kodeski’s candor. His monologues are not tossed together–they’re the result of months of thought and research. Doris is condensed from what must have been hours of interviews […]

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Savage Love

My husband and I are passionately in love. Our sex life is truly amazing. Our problem: As far as I’m concerned, he is obsessive about collecting sexual material. He continually purchases all kinds of porno magazines. He keeps a photo album of us (which he claims he looks at most frequently) and also has a […]

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Chris Heim’s Dirty Laundry

[Re: Post No Bills, April 14] WBEZ has assiduously dismantled a knowledgeable staff of great DJs (Neil Tesser, Steve Cushing et al) and replaced it with a tasteless stew of corporate mush, a perfect diet for a soulless didactic academic such as Davey Kemper [Letters, April 28]. Mark Ruffin has consistently shown a superior knowledge […]