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The Grass Carp

The fish was nearly as big as the man who caught it, and rode like a dead body in the car trunk. Earlier that afternoon, a crowd had gathered at the Marquette Park lagoon to watch Elijah Evans struggle with the grass carp. When the fight ended, several men urged Elijah to have the fish […]

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Strawberry

Two years ago the pop-culture journal Hermenaut published an issue on the phenomenon of “fake authenticity.” “Will there ever be an end,” wrote editor Joshua Glenn, “to the spectacle of (white, middle-class) people draping themselves in exotic fabrics, bribing sherpas to haul them up mountains, spending $15 for turkey-burgers in urban hunting lodges, ooh-ing and […]

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Sugar Water

As a boy he loved to lick his own fingers. He stirred sugar into glasses of water and poured the mixture over his hands. It didn’t take him long to discover a simple rule: the faster he moved his hand under the water, the sweeter his fingers tasted. As he poured, he experimented with new […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Viennese waltz has been synonymous with year-end revelry at least since 1874, when Johann Strauss Jr. scored the New Year’s Eve party in his operetta Die Fledermaus with waltzes. The seductive, lilting feel of the waltz, cozily familiar to ballroom dancers the world over, depends on a delicate and rigorous approach to its 3/4 […]

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Von Freeman & Ed Petersen

Von Freeman’s tenor saxophone sound is one of the glories of Chicago. His style is smartly deceptive: a first-time listener might chalk up his froggy attack, quavery tone, and tendency to lag way behind the beat to imperfect control, but he’s just building suspense. Freeman, now 79, will wander so far from the pulse or […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts BARENAKED LADIES, ACTION FIGURE PARTY Mon 12/31, 9:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212. SUSAN GRACE BURCH Free in-store performances. Fri 12/28, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700. Sat 12/29, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, […]

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Gaza Strippers

This has been a bad year for rock ‘n’ roll–I say that every year, but this one has really been the pits. Trying to scrape together a top-ten list for 2001, I’m hard-pressed to find anything fast and loud that really blows my doors off. The Hives? The Strokes? Iggy Pop? Ehhh…The only serious contender […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Earlier this month the Banff Centre for Continuing Education in Alberta, Canada, admitted that it had issued a grant to Mexican performance artist Israel Mora, whose exhibit “Level 7” consisted of seven glass vials into which he had masturbated, hoping to “examine the concepts of privacy and intimacy within contemporary society.” The center’s […]

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Beauty Secrets

They’d been there 40 years and never once had someone come to see them in a car. But it happened one day during a spell of decent Christian weather–light rain with goodly breaks of sun. If it hadn’t been for the woman in her Buick, it would have been another average morning. The children were […]

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Numbers

With puppylike excitement, the San Francisco trio Numbers mixes electronics on the verge of meltdown with the more rhythmic elements of 70s no-wave. But they’re not just full of vim–they’re smart too. Their severe, cagily constructed tunes reach far beyond math rock’s dull precision and hardcore’s embarrassing feral rage, hitting a mark that’s brainy but […]

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Simone’s Got Blue Eyes

Despite the small army of children waiting behind her (Kay obliviously among them), Simone had been receiving the clown’s favors going on ten minutes now: her lashes fluttered as the inflated salami twisted into yet another doting poodle. Anna could not conceal from herself that she wished evil on the brat. Ground Round. Simone’s fifth […]

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Savage Love

I’m in my 30s and I’ve had a fair bit of sexual experience. Not much surprises or shocks me, sad to say, but this time I’m stumped. Here’s what happened: I was at a club with someone I’d met a few weeks prior and we were getting pretty steamy. We were off in a corner, […]