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36, Catbox Cabaret, at Philosofur’s. Robert Ayres moved here several years ago from Boston, where he and his cohorts had something of a reputation as the Catbox Cabaret. But whatever magic they made there–and I know they did because I’ve seen the gushy newspaper clippings–has not been reproduced here. Ayres’s re-creation of his cabaret two […]

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The Direct Approach

Jayne Hileman at Artemisia, through September 30 By Fred Camper Some artists seem to respond to the large central room at Artemisia by stuffing it with sprawling, self-indulgently personal works announcing themselves at the high volume that’s increasingly common today. Jayne Hileman’s 12 understated drawings and sculptures, on the other hand, make restraint part of […]

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Recess!

RECESS!, at Charybdis. The space is a lot of the show at Charybdis’s new location, a 14,000-square-foot former bowling alley refashioned for its inauguration into a low-rent modern playground complete with half pipe, shooting gallery, climbing nets, and a variety of penny arcade-style games. Graffiti art covers the walls, interrupted by installations either celebrating or […]

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You Can Fight City Hall

To the editors: I should have given the Department of Revenue more credit in my article “Das Boot” (August 25). I’m getting a refund after all. Unfortunately, none of the penalties rung up on tickets charged to my old pickup truck are refundable. That’s because I never changed the truck’s registration after I moved to […]

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Adventures in Stereo

This show is the hometown stop on a Baltimore-to-LA package tour for Bobsled Records, the discerning indie-pop label launched two years ago by Aurora native Bob Salerno. The label’s first CD release was Alternative Stereo Sounds by Scottish chamber-pop confectioners Adventures in Stereo, and Salerno has followed up with great records by Stereo Total, the […]

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Borderline Humor

By Michael Miner Tapping away at the radio buttons during a drive through southern Ontario last year, I came across a yokel’s rant against NAFTA and the Multilateral Agreement on Investments. God knows why I listened. “Just as soon as all the parts of NAFTA and MAI are in place,” the crank lectured, “corporations won’t […]

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Love Knots

Spite for Spite Writers’ Theatre Chicago Refuge CollaborAction Theatre Company at Chicago Dramatists By Justin Hayford If you ever find yourself alone with Michael Halberstam, don’t get him talking about the theater unless you’re prepared for a graduate seminar’s worth of information in half an hour: the theatergoing habits of Elizabethan audiences, the similarities between […]

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TRG Music listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts BADDIGO Free in-store performance. Saturday, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821. BARENAKED LADIES, GUSTER Next Sunday, September 24, 7:30 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5700 or 312-559-1212. MARY J. BLIGE Next Friday, September 22, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212. […]

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Intimate Exchanges

Intimate Exchanges, Janus Theatre, at Vail Street Cafe. This collection of six short plays from the Humana Festival in Louisville includes both comedies and dramas, but humor is definitely the Janus Theatre’s strong suit. Performing Dolores Whiskeyman’s So Tell Me About This Guy, Patricia True and Roberta Mulder are wonderfully expressive as women who know […]

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Linda Tate

LINDA TATE Chicago singer Linda Tate has a voice like buckwheat honey: sweet but with substance, and just a little dark. It lends a distinct flavor to everything on her newly released second disc, Time, Seasons and the Moon (Southport), from the the knowing nostalgia of “September in the Rain” to the innocent satisfaction of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories An August Wall Street Journal dispatch from the Italian island of Sardinia described locals’ love of casu marzu (“rotten cheese”), brown lumps of sheep’s milk cheese crawling with maggots. The story called it a “viscous, pungent goo that burns the tongue” whose “wiggling worms [often] jump straight toward the eyes with ballistic precision.” […]

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Cinema Par-Tay

Bittersweet Motel Directed by Todd Phillips By J.R. Jones Bittersweet Motel, a polished and entertaining documentary on the multimillion-dollar jam band Phish, has the misfortune of opening here this week across town from one of the greatest rock films ever–This Is Spinal Tap, which has been rereleased for a limited run to promote a new […]