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Thornetta Davis

Thornetta Davis honed her chops on Detroit’s blues circuit in the mid-80s, but she made her recorded debut on the legendary Seattle indie label Sub Pop. After singing on the first two discs by Detroit funk rockers Big Chief, in 1991 and ’92, she signed on under her own name, and in ’96 released her […]

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Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio

New York reedist Matt Darriau approaches music as a historian, digging through decades, if not centuries, of tradition and trying to make sense of it through his own interpretations. He’s often been reduced to his affiliation with New York’s radical Jewish culture movement–and he has played with primo klezmer revivalists the Klezmatics–but that’s just part […]

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Moldy Peaches

The Moldy Peaches’ shtick is to mumble dejectedly but tunefully about sex and drugs over dragged-out, blatantly half-assed acoustic indie pop. On their first full-length, The Moldy Peaches (Rough Trade), Adam Green fumbles through incongruous metal-ish solos; Kimya Dawson laughs through her sappier lines; someone puffs apathetically on a flute or a trombone; the drumming’s […]

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The Straight Dope

Is there any medical or scientific evidence for the practice of preventing jet lag after long plane rides by placing a lighted flashlight behind one’s knees just prior to landing? I read a short piece in an airline magazine a few years ago and finally got around to trying it on two long plane trips–to […]

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The Sex Diaries

The Sex Diaries, Sirenlight Pictures Entertainment, at the Playground. Think of The Sex Diaries as a mixer, not theater. You go to the show, down a few Jell-O shots, mingle with other singles during intermission (aided by a clever scavenger hunt for people instead of objects), and finally attend a party at a tavern down […]

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Dave Douglas

Over the years trumpeter Dave Douglas has recorded tributes to many of his musical heroes, among them trumpeter Booker Little, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Mary Lou Williams, and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. But we’re not talking about covers or even interpretations here–each of these albums has been dominated by original material designed to reflect the aesthetic […]

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Dig

Dig, Goldbrick, at ImprovOlympic. Dave Gilley and Dan Sipp’s newly formed “improv collective” shows a lot of promise in its first offering. Alternating comic scenes with grave snippets of candid monologue, Dig brings to life the world suggested by an audience-selected postcard (the night I attended, it showed a hubcap-filled storefront window). This scenario locks […]

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Calendar

Friday 10/5 – Thursday 10/11 OCTOBER 5 FRIDAY In between organizing labor, campaigning for the socialist party, and writing newspaper articles, folk songs, and poetry, Carl Sandburg penned a series of far-out fairy tales for his three daughters. They were collected in several books (including 1922’s Rootabaga Stories) and provide the foundation for the new […]

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A Phoenix Too Frequent

A Phoenix Too Frequent, Writers’ Theatre Chicago. Though Christopher Fry penned this odd poetic drama more than 50 years ago and set it in ancient Greece, the play’s ironic, irreverent tone gives it a decidedly Gen-X feel. Dynamene, holed up in the tomb of her recently deceased husband, mock-heroically prepares to follow him into death […]

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Jerry Fallwell, Blame Thrower

Dr. Jerry Falwell Jerry Falwell Ministries Lynchburg, VA 24514 Reaching the World for Christ Dominion Virginia Power PO Box 26532 Richmond, VA 23261-6532 December 3, 2000 To Whom It May Concern: For seemingly ever, I have remarked to people that “when the Lord said let there be light, he very well may have been speaking […]