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Ladies’ Rooms

By Joy Bergmann Susan Leinwohl leapt at the chance to run away from her dour Denver women’s college with a dashing graduate student from Northwestern she’d met on the Colorado ski slopes. Whisked away to Chicago at 19, she looked forward to happy adventures in the big city. But three months into the courtship, her […]

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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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Forty-Deuce

FORTY-DEUCE, Trap Door Theatre. Alan Bowne’s 1981 study of male prostitutes in the sex and drug underworld of Times Square is gripping, jaggedly juxtaposing taut drama and dark comedy. It would seem the perfect project for director Michael S. Pieper, given his nuanced, intense stagings of such risky X-rated all-male ensemble pieces as Sugar Down, […]

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Musical! the Musical

A song’s structure makes it more difficult to ad-lib than dialogue. Nevertheless, the eight cast members in Musical! the Musical are able to improvise a tuneful 90-minute production night after night on the basis of audience suggestions–including a three-note combination that will provide the foundation for one of the score’s highlights. They cover all the […]

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James Galway

JAMES GALWAY James Galway is to the flute what Itzhak Perlman is to the violin or Yo-Yo Ma is to the cello. Though other flutists, notably the suave, intellectual Jean-Pierre Rampal, have also won international acclaim and released best-selling CDs, the avuncular, Irish-born Galway is synonymous with the instrument in the public mind. Back in […]

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Paddy Casey

PADDY CASEY Peter Case, who headlines this particularly strong singer-songwriter bill, has been banging out rock ‘n’ roll since Gerald Ford was president. Chuck Prophet, who’s warming up for Case, has released eleven albums, including five with Green on Red in the 80s. But don’t be surprised if the first act, 24-year-old Paddy Casey, gives […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Claiming that Virginia is inadequately prepared for extraterrestrial invasions, Larry W. Bryant and two others filed a lawsuit in June in Alexandria seeking to force Governor James Gilmore to convene a grand jury to investigate alien abductions, to train the National Guard to handle attacks from outer space, and to cover abductees under […]

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Stupid and Contagious

Gimmie Indie Rock V. 1 (K-tel) By Seth Sanders Greatest-hits collections are sleazy enough as entertainment, but they’re even worse as history. The whole 20th century washed up recently as an example: those TV retrospectives on the eve of the so-called millennium that compressed the rise of Henry Ford, the invention of the atom bomb, […]

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Petty Crime

June 14, 1 PM, 3400 block of North Southport. Assault. Landlord raised rent of laundromat operator, who refused terms. Landlord told operator he had to move out. Operator threatened to kill landlord, saying, “You destroyed my American dream. My goal is to get you back for what you did.” Police advised landlord to call if […]

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Half-Baked Heresy

Godbaby Defiant Theatre at the American Theater Company By Justin Hayford The Defiant Theatre seems hell-bent on living up to its name. With each new season the company’s productions become more outrageous, gleefully flipping the bird at good taste and “professionalism.” Even their press releases and programs are full of hoaxes, pranks, and salaciousness; in […]

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Folk & Roots Festival: Anything Goes/Pap Star

Folk & Roots Festival: Anything Goes Colleen Miller says that when she started programming concerts for the Old Town School of Folk Music, in late 1995, the only instruction former executive director Jim Hirsch gave her was “keep it interesting.” The self-proclaimed “housewife from Glenview” doesn’t consider herself an envelope pusher, but since the Old […]

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Police Scanner

Wednesday, June 28, 1:30 PM Dispatcher: Could you help us out, 17– Damen? 1482: Jeez, I’m right in front. Dispatcher: You didn’t get hit in the head with a crane, did ya? 1482: I was gonna have lunch. Dispatcher: You can continue having lunch and I’ll get somebody else, no problem. 1482: That’s OK, don’t […]