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City File

“Much to my frustration as both a woman and a scientist, I live in a midwestern suburban community that might easily be mistaken for a rerun of a 1950s sitcom,” writes astronomer Grace Wolf-Chase of the University of Chicago and the Adler Planetarium in what she describes as a humorous September 17 posting to the […]

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Spot Check

J MASCIS & THE FOG 11/3, METRO A guitar hero for a generation that wouldn’t admit to needing one, J Mascis was never particularly innovative or expressive. But he played loud with no holds barred, giving boys in garages across the country hope that what mattered most was passion. When his rather Zen-like nonapproach worked, […]

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Eliades Ochoa

ELIADES OCHOA One of the most exaggerated angles of the Buena Vista Social Club story is how Ry Cooder swept into Cuba and revived the careers of musicians who’d long ago given up. It’s true in the case of singer Ibrahim Ferrer, who was shining shoes for a living when Cooder’s musical director tracked him […]

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Fright Night

Frankly, the guy–the guy with the big, blunt, military-looking pistol in his hand–well, to tell the truth, I know him to be a hotheaded man and the gun could very well be real. I’m walking the dog down one side of the street, and he’s running across at me chasing a kid. His kid, probably, […]

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Datebook

NOVEMBER 3 FRIDAY Word is, there may be only one more season after this to enjoy Bowen Park Opera Company’s fully costumed, creatively staged, and uniquely intimate productions on the tiny Goodfellow Hall stage. Once renovations are complete on Waukegan’s Genesee Theater (a former movie palace), which will have room for an orchestra and chorus, […]

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It’s finally OK to be gay

“It’s a story about a bunch of friends who happen to be young and gay,” says Greg Berlanti, director of The Broken Hearts Club, the opening-night film for the 20th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival. “They’re like an extended family–screwy, dysfunctional, yet wonderful. It’s the gay Diner, and I’ve played just about all […]

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Good Alt Boy

Good Alt Boy Country singer Dallas Wayne has logged a lot of miles in pursuit of that one big break. Raised in Branson, Missouri, before it became a country theme park, he moved to Nashville and then Chicago, where he spent three and a half years singing and playing bass for the Special Consensus, the […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve heard it said (many times recently!) that the Chinese word for crisis is the same as that for opportunity. I find it difficult to believe, but is it really true? –Alison Raouf, via the Internet Alison, I like your skeptical attitude, but we’d better get the story straight before we start acting all superior. […]

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True Books

What To Do When You’re Dating a Jew: Everything You Need to Know from Matzah Balls to Marriage, by Vikki Weiss and Jennifer A. Block (Three River Press, $12). Synopsis: Most Jews marry outside the faith, so their spouses and love mates need a quick guide to the rituals of Judaism to help them fake […]

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That Old-Time Feminism

Girlfight *** Written and directed by Karyn Kusama With Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli, Ray Santiago, Paul Calderon, and Elisa Bocanegra. By Sunil Malapati Male directors have been commenting on women’s issues for a long time–George Cukor made a whole career out of it–so it should hardly be surprising that Karyn Kusama’s debut feature, […]

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Poem Rocket

POEM ROCKET Almost all the great bands to emerge from New York–from the Velvet Underground to Television to Sonic Youth to Public Enemy–seem to have in some way incorporated the drone and pulse of that city’s perpetual motion into their music. In that tradition, the underrated trio Poem Rocket (bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist Sandra Gardner, […]

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Calendar

FRIDAY 11/3 – THURSDAY 11/9 NOVEMBER By Cara Jepsen 3 FRIDAY Recently two of my friends injured themselves onstage: one lost a tooth and the other threw out his back, requiring surgery. It’s not that they’re clumsy, say the folks at the Arts-Medicine Project at UIC’s School of Public Health–arts workers are at special risk […]