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Z.Z. Hill Jr.

Z.Z. HILL JR. Z.Z. Hill Jr. isn’t actually related to Z.Z. Hill, and though his parched upper-register scream is clearly meant to evoke the late soul-blues belter’s gospel wail, he’s no mere imitator either. In fact, he lacks the taste for artifice he’d need to re-create anyone else’s musical persona. On his self-released debut CD, […]

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Film Center Folly

Letters to the editor: Thanks to Patrick McGavin and the Reader for at least raising an eyebrow over the folly of attaching Gene Siskel’s name to the Film Center [July 14]. Aghast would have been a more appropriate response, especially from the paper and the very Hot Type column McGavin was writing for that once […]

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The Straight Dope

Many years ago during an otherwise forgettable science class the teacher told us that “blue jays aren’t really blue.” Supposedly their blue color is not a result of pigment but rather an optical illusion produced by diffraction through the feathers or something. I spot blue jays from time to time and stare at them, hoping […]

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A Man Who Cares About Clothes

To the editor: As a relatively high-profile member of Chicago’s teeny tiny (if overdressed) rockabilly community I have always relied on my tailor to keep me looking sleek in my vintage duds. In a profession currently filled with two-bit hacks, Kurt Scheel (“Clothing Time,” July 14) was a god. If there was ever a question […]

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Calendar

Friday 7/28 – Thursday 8/3 JULY By Cara Jepsen 28 FRIDAY From the 1600s to 1876, the Skidi band of the Pawnee Native American nation lived in what is now Kansas and Nebraska. Their priests studied the patterns of the planets and stars and used them to determine the ceremonial year–from first planting to harvest […]

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Breakdown and Out

BREAKDOWN AND OUT, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. “Reality is a crutch,” says the bumper sticker. That seems to be David Hauptschein’s view in his new play, a mystifying tale of how family and friends struggle over the disposition of a dead woman’s house. Her sane sister is a mass of twitches, and the crazy one can’t […]

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Lang Lang

LANG LANG Critics love a prodigy, but 17-year-old Chinese pianist Lang Lang–pronounced “lung lung”–has provoked a media buzz I haven’t seen the likes of since Evgeny Kissin emerged as a teenage phenom in the late 80s. Further comparisons to Kissin are inevitable: both have been trained in the Soviet style, which stresses precision and grand, […]

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The Mooney Suzuki

The MOONEY SUZUKI We’ve all seen kids like the Mooney Suzuki, a quartet of garage-rock classicists from the East Village. They wear black turtlenecks in the middle of July and dark glasses at midnight, and they worship at the chrome altar of the MC5, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, and the Music Machine. There’s something enormously […]

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Johnny Frigo

JOHNNY FRIGO The last time I heard violinist Johnny Frigo, I had to face the fact that his age is finally starting to catch up with him: every now and then a note failed to sing out perfectly in tune, and on double- and triple-time passages he sometimes dropped a stitch. In other words, at […]

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Letting the Defender Go

Letting the Defender Go Myiti Sengstacke seems likely to lose the newspaper that’s been in her family 95 years, but some sort of continuity should survive at the Chicago Defender. David Milliner is the presumptive publisher to be, and his grandmother and great-aunt once worked in the pressroom for Robert Abbott (Myiti’s great-granduncle), who founded […]