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All Natural, Molemen

I’m an advocate of recycling, but when it comes to hip-hop beats the blue-bag routine gets old fast–I’m particularly tired of hearing loops cribbed from the Jameses (namely James Brown and Rick James). Chicago’s new wave of hip-hop crews is exciting in part because its best exponents don’t retread the same worn samples but dig […]

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Chicago Comedy Festival

THURSDAY, MAY 31 7 Murderer’s Row showcase at Black Orchid, Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North, hosted by Tim Cavanaugh, with Kathleen Madigan, Bil Dwyer, Rene Hicks, Larry Reeb, Brett Leake, Carl LaBove and Andy Kindler. 7:30 Fresh Mugs “B” showcase at Coyle’s Tippling House hosted by Stephen Kruiser. Neil Hamburger Extravaganza at Lincoln Restaurant hosted […]

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Brantfest!, Zeppo Theater Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Since the 1993 debut of Lovely Letters, Chicago playwright George Brant has forged a tidy little reputation for comedy. He began with parodies of popular entertainments but in 1997 turned to biographies and adaptations of literary classics, most of them clocking in at a comfortable 90 minutes […]

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The Moon’s the Madonna

THE MOON’S THE MADONNA, Circle Theatre. First created and performed in 1989 by students at the Thomas Sumpter School in Scunthorpe, England, The Moon’s the Madonna is very much the sort of well-meaning but uneven play you’d expect from a committee of adolescents working under the tutelage of a drama teacher, in this case Richard […]

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City File

Fat is where you find it. An article by Anjali Jain of the University of Chicago and others in the May issue of Pediatrics advises doctors that low-income black and white mothers in three focus groups they ran “did not define overweight or obese in their children according to how height and weight measurements were […]