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In Chaos, Truth

Kippur *** Directed by Amos Gitai With Liron Levo, Tomer Ruso, and Uri Ran Klauzner. By Fred Camper The classic Hollywood war film establishes one side’s mastery over the other, a process often represented as gaining control of terrain. From Howard Hawks’s The Dawn Patrol (1930) to Otto Preminger’s In Harm’s Way (1965), the struggle […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts BREATHE: EMERGING POETS AND MUSICIANS Open mike and jam session for poets and musicians hosted by Rev. Zeeshan Mohammed. Tue 1/9, 7 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 773-227-6117. JERRY “THE ICEMAN” BUTLER, ELDORADOS, MASQUERADERS Free concert centered on “The History of Doo-wop.” Thu 1/11, 6:30 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In November U.S. marshals confiscated the belongings of Marie Antoinette Jackson-Randolph, a former day-care-chain owner and member of Detroit’s high society now in prison for scamming the government out of $13.5 million in meal money for underprivileged children she fed at her centers. Included in her estate: 100 pieces of Baccarat, Waterford, and […]

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Savage Love

Your response to Sick and Tired of Being Used, who complained about women who accept his “friendly back rubs” but aren’t interested in sex, was not the best answer. Mind if I give it a shot? Dear SATOBU: What is your problem? You claim to enjoy giving a half-naked girl a massage, yet your attitude […]

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Lurrie Bell

LURRIE BELL Guitarist Lurrie Bell, son of harmonica whiz Carey, has struggled with mental illness for most of his adult life, and his recent recordings have been frustratingly uneven: 1999’s Blues Had a Baby (Delmark), for example, juxtaposes his well-crafted solos with a handful of distracted, semicoherent outtakes. But his forthcoming CD, Cuttin’ Heads (Vypyr), […]

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Underworld Uber Alles

Dear letters editor: I don’t understand the complaints about the cartoon Underworld. It’s one of the sharpest, wittiest items in the Reader. As far as Tom Tomorrow: trite, leftish homilies in cartoon form. I don’t mind the liberal or “progressive” viewpoint, but Tom Tomorrow’s wit is entirely predictable. I wouldn’t mind not seeing the Jennifer […]

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Police Scanner

Monday, December 25, 11:45 PM Dispatcher: 2131, Mr. Jackson says he’s homeless and he’s in need of a warming center. Now if you’re gonna need the wagon let me know, ’cause he’s gonna have to wait a little bit longer. 2131: Ten-four. Unidentified Caller: Merry Christmas! 2133: 2133, merry Christmas. Why don’t you let me […]

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Cable Box

Format Three La-Z-Boy pundits swilling beer and displaying their dirty socks assess music and cinema. In any given half-hour episode, pickin’ may refer to selectin’ fine VCR fodder, riffin’ rhapsodically on an acoustic guitar, or whiskin’ away dingleberries tendin’ to accumulate on sofa-huggin’ homeboys’ bums. Target Demographic Ennui-ridden males, ages 17 to 41, living among […]

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Down on the Mines

Hi: As a musician I am raising my eyebrows about Doc Pellegrino’s questionable policy not to employ bands who choose to play at certain competing clubs [Post No Bills, December 15]. It is hard enough as it is to make a living as a musician, and restrictive policies such as the Kingston Mines one should […]

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Sports Section

It had been a while since I’d heard good-natured laughter aimed at players in a sporting event, but I heard some last week at the Holiday Classic, a high school basketball tournament in downstate Bloomington-Normal. Galesburg’s senior center Jermaine Fuller, one of the tallest players on the team at 6-foot-4, got the ball in the […]

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Touched by an Anglo

Most comedy revues devote a portion of the program to topical subjects, but ¡Salsation! gives even facile premises intelligence and insight. In a quiz show entitled “Who Wants to Be an American Citizen?” the prizes include visa extensions and green cards, and in “Judge Booty” the bench comments on the marital dissatisfaction caused by mainstream […]