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Jimmy Bosch

JIMMY BOSCH Perhaps the biggest crisis in contemporary salsa is its growing emphasis on pretty faces: as singers like India, Victor Manuelle, and Marc Anthony have risen to prominence, house bands at labels like RMM have begun churning out backing tracks with about as much soul as assembly-line robots. Trombone-wielding bandleader Jimmy Bosch, a Puerto […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Males should not read this item: In June an 11-year-old boy in Grimsby, England, standing on a chair holding a snooker cue as if riding a pogo stick, with the tip at the juncture of his legs, slipped and fell to the floor; scrotal repair and abdominal surgery were necessary to fix the […]

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First Impressions and Second Takes

First Impressions and Second Takes Open only three months, Ringo, a quaint, cheerful Japanese restaurant, already shows great promise. Chef-owner Kazunobu Yoshikawa and his partner, brother-in-law Eugene Chua, aren’t new to the business. Chua’s been rolling sushi in Chicago since 1996–for the first year at Byerly’s grocery store and for the last three as a […]

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Savage Love

I’m the creative type: I write, I draw, I compose. Mostly, though, I cartoon. And, oh yes, I’m a fetishist–nothing illegal, but still unusual. (Look up “maeiusophilia” if you must know.) I do a lot of erotic (by my standards) artwork, and it’s a shame to keep these drawings to myself. All fetishes now have […]

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Coaster, Cave 76, at Chicago Dramatists. Given the mind games and mysteries playwright (and Reader contributor) Adam Langer has favored in the past, his latest work seems positively straightforward. A romantic comedy about a hapless travel-guide writer, Coaster is less concerned with action than Langer’s Film Flam was. And though the playwright’s cynicism still rears […]

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Spot Check

SCOTT FREE 6/30, BORDERS ON CLARK Borders’s PrideTunes 2000 series, a monthlong run of performances by gay and lesbian artists, closes with a bang this year: Chicagoan Scott Free dazzled me a couple years ago with his debut, Getting Off, a potent one-man eruption of fiercely articulate lust and rage hot enough to fry the […]

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Scooby-Doo Mystery Theatre

Scooby-Doo Mystery Theatre, New Millennium Theatre Company, at Boxer Rebellion Theater. Bring your jammies and a bowl of cereal to this grown-up but authentic reenactment of the Saturday morning classic, expertly adapted and directed by Chad Wise. Wise piles the whole gang–Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and of course Scooby–into their pink and green flowered Mystery […]

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Country Music Festival

TASTE STAGE 12:30 PM Dr. Mark & the Sutures This suburban band was formed in 1987 by “physicians and businessmen who enjoyed and played music as a hobby” to provide entertainment at a neighborhood block party. 2:30 PM Jon Langford & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts featuring Kelly Hogan A fitting choice to kick off the […]

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Taste of Chicago

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 Taste Stage NOON One Chance 1:15 Ian Crockett Band 2:30 Vida Blues 3:45 Tony Ocean 5:00 Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel 7:30 Hackberry Ramblers FUNTIME Stage 2:00 Dan LeMonnier 5:30 Dave Kinnoin FOX BANDSTAND 11:45 Deja Vu 2:15 Uprights 4:45 Beatle Brothers PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL 6:30 Patti LaBelle SATURDAY JULY 1 TASTE STAGE […]

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The Snow Palace

THE SNOW PALACE, SummerNITE, at the Theatre Building. Polish playwright Stanislawa Przybyszewska wrote only three plays in her short life–she was 34 when she died in 1935–but her place in European theater has been assured by The Danton Case, an epic five-act study of French leader Georges Danton and the Reign of Terror. In 1986 […]

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Films by Andy Warhol

These two early films by Andy Warhol display many of his characteristic themes, but they’re more experimental than most of his mid-60s films. In the 33-minute Inner and Outer Space (1965), Warhol’s fascination with looking and being looked at leads to a terrible sense of spiritual emptiness. It makes early and remarkable use of both […]