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Golden Boy

GOLDEN BOY, Consuming Specs Theatre Company, at the Cornservatory. When Clifford Odets wrote Golden Boy in 1937, both he and the Group Theatre were in desperate need of a hit. Two years earlier Odets had gone from the toast of the town–three of his plays were running on Broadway simultaneously–to persona non grata, when his […]

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The Statue of Liberty and Rumpelstiltskin: Size Doesn’t Matter (A Love Story)

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND RUMPLESTILTSKIN: SIZE DOESN’T MATTER (A LOVE STORY), Sirmarbleeye, at the Chicago Actors Studio. Andrew Gregory Krzak’s surrealistic comedy about the Statue of Liberty’s torrid love affair with Rumplestiltskin has all the makings of a theatrical fun ride: an insane story line, lots of pop-culture references, a smattering of intellectual humor, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In December an Albuquerque judge approved the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Primerica Life Insurance in which the plaintiffs’ lawyers get about $7.5 million in costs and fees while only two of the six million customers they represented get any money at all ($30,000 each). The lawyers had argued that Primerica failed […]

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Rory Block

Rory Block By definition, blues revivalists preserve ways of playing that have fallen out of popular favor; paradoxically, for their efforts they’re often accused of turning the music into a lifeless museum piece. But even the stodgiest purist would hesitate to level that charge at Rory Block: she inhabits her material with an obsessive commitment, […]

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Wild Pecos Bill

Wild Pecos Bill, ComedySportz. Like many kids of his generation, my father spent most of his Saturday afternoons at the movies, watching the latest adventures of cowboys like Red Ryder and Hopalong Cassidy. Each week these heroes of the old west faced death at the hands of bad guys and wild animals, relying not on […]

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Savage Love

I need your help. On Saturday, February 17, I went out dancing with some friends from work. We ended up at Electra (in Cincinnati), where I wound up dancing with this really attractive Asian woman. We danced all night and built up a really magical rapport. Her ride was pressuring her to leave, so in […]

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Polish Movie Springtime

Polish Movie Springtime, a festival of contemporary Polish films presented by the Society for Arts, runs Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 25. Screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $9. For more information call 773-486-9612. FRIDAY, MARCH 16 That Life Makes […]

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Sports Section

The University of Illinois basketball team is haunted by its traditions. In this, I refer not to any evil spirits conjured up by its mascot, Chief Illiniwek, a noble, graceful, and courageous image of American tribal tradition (even if he is a composite character and not purely Illini), but to its penchant for–how do I […]

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Room to Rock

Room to Rock Last September Sean Duffy took over as the talent buyer at the Abbey Pub, the long-standing Irish club on the northwest side. By his own admission it’s a much different scene than what he’s used to. During the 80s and for much of the 90s, Duffy’s independent promotion company, Last Rites, was […]