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Hipster Dave

Hipster Dave When this wunderkind is hit with a torrent of adulation, he breaks into a bunch of little publishing ventures. The king’s horses and the king’s men gather round to bid for the movie rights to the likable, self-effacing toy. Comes complete with first masterpiece, The Unbearable Greatness of Me. Art accompanying story in […]

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Flipped Off

Last May, when I was considering giving up my career as a software consultant, Divine Interventures called, repeatedly, trying to convince me to work for them. The recruiter spoke of IPO options, retirement at an early age, and the glory of helping to wage Chicago’s Internet revolution. If you’ve heard of any local dot-com, it’s […]

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The Emperor and the Nightingale

The Emperor and the Nightingale, City Lit Theater Company, at Edgewater Presbyterian Church. Adapter-director Page Hearn isn’t concerned with the art of illusion in this straightforward staging of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. Actors circle the space before and after this brisk, 40-minute one-act, breaking the fourth wall by interacting with audience members, inviting children […]

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Immortal Lee County Killers

IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS Back when I was doing college radio it wasn’t uncommon for DJs to play a 45 rpm record at 33–most of us believed Motorhead sounded better that way–or an LP track at 45. The song “Killer 45,” from the Immortal Lee County Killers’ forthcoming Estrus debut, The Essential Fucked Up Blues, […]

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Light Opera Works

LIGHT OPERA WORKS Johann Strauss II, discouraged from pursuing music by his composer father, secretly learned the violin and studied composition–and in his teens openly defied Johann I by forming an ensemble to play the work of both Strausses. The father wrote over 150 waltzes before he died in 1849, but his son would compose […]

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TRG Music listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts CHEAP TRICK Sun 12/31, 10:30 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212. COMMON GROUND Chicago Sport and Social Club party. Sun 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-883-9596. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Fri 12/29, 6 PM (with opening act Keller Williams), Sat 12/30, […]

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Racist Baiting

By the time I arrived at the county courthouse in Skokie last Saturday, the Ku Klux Klan rally was in full swing. I counted more than 400 protesters and more than 100 police, some on horseback. I’d read that about 30 KKK members were expected, but I couldn’t see or hear them. They were near […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories New York doctors, proposing an unconventional remedy for diarrhea in the American Journal of Gastroenterology in November, surmised that sufferers might lack certain predator bacteria in the colon as a result of antibiotics use, and thus might benefit from a transfusion from a person with a normal amount of such bacteria. A stool […]