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On Film: hot and heavy

“Do you find fat women attractive?” asks a calm, disembodied voice at the beginning of Big Girls: Big Beautiful Women in the Adult Entertainment Industry. “No,” “not really,” “not generally”–the answers come back quickly as the camera cuts from one man on the street to the next, culminating with one guy’s declaration that “big women […]

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Felt

Felt, at Live Bait Theater. A young student teacher is faced with a stomach-turning decision when her mentor/lover is accused of child molestation. Should she trust her instincts or the evidence amassing against him? Despite the TV-movie-of-the-week premise, Jeff Griggs’s hour-long show has the makings of a fairly gripping psychodrama. But at this point it’s […]

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Kim Hiorthoy, Martin Horntveth

This gig is a showcase for the Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound, the electronic-music-oriented little brother to Rune Grammofon, the most eclectic label on the Scandinavian free-music scene. A number of musicians affiliated with the imprint will make their Chicago debuts: Kim Hiorthoy, known primarily as the graphic designer responsible for the minimalist look of Rune […]

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Le Tigre

In the past three years Le Tigre have gone from sounding like Bikini Kill with a drum machine to sounding like a slightly mellower Bikini Kill with synthesizers and a drum machine. Since Kathleen Hanna fronts this band too, they’ll probably never shake those comparisons–especially since she’s still snarling about misogyny, capitalism, racism, and homophobia. […]

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Hot Blood

While not really a success, Nicholas Ray’s 1956 film about urban Gypsies, made between two of his masterpieces (Rebel Without a Cause and Bigger Than Life), has its share of interesting moments and vibrant energies, many of them tied to Ray’s abiding interest in the folkloric. In some respects this color ‘Scope feature comes closer […]

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Rye Coalition

On the Rye Coalition’s first two albums, they sound like a cross between Fugazi–particularly in the intense vocal style of Ralph Cuseglio–and the Jesus Lizard, but once you get past the din, there isn’t much else. On the brand-new On Top (Tiger Style), though, the Jersey boys have discovered classic rock, and that’s what seems […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts BAD RELIGION, LESS THAN JAKE, HOT WATER MUSIC All-ages show. Tue 3/19, 7:30 PM, Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212. COLBY BESERRA & FRIENDS Free concert. Fri 3/15, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630. BETTER THAN EZRA, COWBOY MOUTH All-ages show. Fri 3/22, 7:30, […]

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Tim Miller

“I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious,” Walt Whitman wrote. In his solo show Body Blows, Tim Miller dotes on himself too, sharing intimate stories about his adventures as a gay man coming of age in 70s California (land of theme parks and tar pits) and 80s New […]

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Antonio Sacre

Antonio Sacre is the best kind of storyteller, drawing you into his world with such subtlety that you hardly notice what he’s doing–until the story ends and you find yourself longing for just one more anecdote, one more voice. In this show, which played the 2001 Rhinoceros Theater Festival, he makes his Irish-American/Cuban relatives utterly […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories According to a BBC News report last month, Matsushita Electric Industrial runs a state-of-the-art retirement home near Osaka, Japan, using robotic companion bears to comfort the residents (average age: 82) and continually check their health signs. Covered in fur, the bears respond to voice commands and can monitor a resident’s alertness by timing […]

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Los Munequitos de Matanzas

For people who hear the word “rumba” and think of Ricky Ricardo leading his dinner-jacketed orchestra at the Copacabana on I Love Lucy, the music of Los Munequitos de Matanzas is likely to be either a disappointment or a wake-up call, if not both at once. Los Munequitos play the original rumba, an Afro-Cuban roots […]