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The Straight Dope

Why are the “seven deadly sins” so deadly? You got your gluttony, envy, greed, etc. Those things, while not admirable, will not kill you. I mean, there’s no commandment in the Bible against pigging out. Of course your lust kind of fits in with the neighbor’s wife commandment, but still, what’s the deal with anger? […]

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JUNE 1 FRIDAY Frank Lloyd Wright once said of his birthplace, Richland Center, Wisconsin, “Every time I come back here it is with the feeling there is nothing anywhere better than this.” The town returns the favor by celebrating the architect’s June birthday during Richland Center Heritage Days, which are today and tomorrow and include […]

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Chicago Gospel Festival

Friday GOSPEL YOUTH TENT 4:00 open mike with various artists Petrillo Music Shell 5:30 Bank One Gospel Choir 6:00 Clay, Cleve & the Pilgrim Jubilees 7:00 Lee Williams & the Spiritual QCs 7:50 Original Soul Stirrers 8:35 Canton Spirituals Saturday early/day stage NOON Phebe Hines 12:35 U.S. Postal Performance Cluster Choir 1:05 Mas Que Vencedores […]

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Jason Graae

JASON GRAAE Born in Chicago and raised in its burbs, Jason Graae (pronounced “grah”) has built his reputation on the coasts–he was in Falsettos on Broadway and played Houdini in the LA production of Ragtime–and on disc, where his supple tenor has brought to life various classic Broadway scores, including the Gershwins’ Strike Up the […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts TOM ANDERSEN Fri 6/1 and Sat 6/2, 8 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. 847-577-2121. ANTJE Free performance. Thu 6/7, 7:30 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 4553 N. Lincoln. 773-878-5609. NICHOLAS BARRON Free performance. Thu 6/7, 7:30 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 932 N. Rush. 312-951-5436. BIG WU, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING […]

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Acis and Galatea

Last fall the Chicago Opera Theater scored a critical and box-office success with a stylish staging of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, so it’s wrapping up this season with a revival of another Baroque opera, Handel’s pastoral Acis and Galatea. The current production uses a sterling 10-piece period-instrument orchestra, anchored by violist da gamba Mary Springfels and her […]

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Greg Mills Is Billy Falconberger

GREG MILLS IS BILLY FALCONBERGER, Second City E.T.C. It’s not surprising that Greg Mills’s one-man show has three subtitles, all of them tired imitations of Second City’s threadbare tradition of pun-filled names: “Quarter Pounder With Jesus or Leggo My Ego or Sacre Bleu Balls.” The one thing you leave Mills’s show knowing for sure is […]