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Just a Girl I Used to Know

Brain Surgeons & Friends To Helen With Love! (Cellsum) By Richard Meltzer brown ‘n’ sugar sugar gold Sugar PANTS! –“Smellin’ With Helen,” 1968 To Helen With Love!, a CD tribute to “the life and music of Helen Wheels” put together by some folks I used to know, and some I still know, was recently released […]

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The Straight Dope

Is it true that U.S. and Canadian federal law-enforcement agencies have a voice-activated system connected to local telephone networks that activates and records telephone conversations based on certain keywords? I only ask this because a reliable source told me so. However, I am very skeptical because I can’t believe any government agency has the authority, […]

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Imitation Flavors

America’s Sweethearts Rating * Has redeeming facet Directed by Joe Roth Written by Billy Crystal and Peter Tolan With Julia Roberts, Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack, Hank Azaria, Stanley Tucci, and Christopher Walken. The Score Rating ** Worth seeing Directed by Frank Oz Written by Kario Salem, Lem Dobbs, Scott Marshall Smith, and Daniel E. […]

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Larval, Mark Cunningham’s Convolution

LARVAL, MARK CUNNINGHAM’S CONVOLUTION As a founding member of the no-wave band Mars–the most uncompromising and noisiest of the four groups included on the legendary Brian Eno-produced compilation No New York–Mark Cunningham knows better than most how to create tension in music. But although he supplied the numbingly forceful bass lines in Mars, for most […]

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Calendar Sidebar

When Reader contributor Yvette Marie Dostatni returned in 1997 from England, where she’d been photographing environmental protesters and “living in trees,” she started casting about for new subject matter. A fellow photographer suggested she look close to home, and the 29-year-old wound up turning her lens on her hometown of Whiting, Indiana, and the surrounding […]

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In the Valley of the Wupper

On November 12, 1992, an older man began drinking with two neo-Nazi youths in a bar in Wuppertal, Germany. The three got very drunk, the man spoke of “Nazi swine,” the racist bar owner erroneously called him a Jew, and the youths then stomped on him and set him on fire. Amos Gitai’s exquisitely nuanced […]

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Bad Calls

[Re: “Here Comes Trouble,” June 29] Dear Mayor Daley: All of the cabbies are disturbed about the new policy of conditional renewal of chauffeur licenses that is linked to one call a day in an underserved neighborhood as outlined by the city. First of all, there are no underserved neighborhoods in the city of Chicago […]

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Friday 7/20 – Thursday 7/26 JULY 20 FRIDAY As founder of the venerable Players Workshop, Josephine Raciti Forsberg has influenced actors from Bonnie Hunt to Bill Murray and supplied Second City, Saturday Night Live, and Hollywood with a slew of performers and directors. Tomorrow Forsberg will be the first recipient of an eponymous annual achievement […]

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Harry Allen & Joe Cohn

HARRY ALLEN & JOE COHN When most people hear tenor saxist Harry Allen, they immediately think of Stan Getz–as well they should. Though Allen wasn’t yet born when Getz released his hugely popular early-60s bossa nova albums, he revels in the cool, hard tone and heated swing that first made Getz famous in the 40s; […]

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Emerson String Quartet

EMERSON STRING QUARTET What’s the best string quartet in the world? Some might pick the Juilliard, others the Arditti, and a few partisans of new music the Kronos. But I’m convinced that among the people who’d bother ranking quartets in the first place, most would choose the Emerson. Formed in 1976 and based in New […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts AC ROCK Fri 7/20, 7 PM, Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome. 773-973-0007. TREY ANASTASIO Sat 7/21, 7:30 PM, Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Highway D and Highway 120, East Troy, Wisconsin. 414-642-4400 or 312-559-1212. ANCIENT GREEKS Free concert. Fri 7/20, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094. […]