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Barrels of Grade A Crude

Rudy Ray Moore at Beat Kitchen, May 11 On that day three decades ago, when a toothless derelict named Rico walked into Dolphin’s Record Shop in Los Angeles and offered to recite a dirty poem in exchange for soup money, neither Rudy Ray Moore nor anyone else there realized that they were all about to […]

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The Straight Dope

What’s the rant with offshore banking? It’s a big thing in every John Grisham novel, but what’s the real story? Forget ethics and morals. If I put in my paltry hundred bucks a week, will it make more than at my local bank? Will they even talk to me about starting an account with a […]

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Girl Meets Girl

Girl Meets Girl, at the Theatre Building Chicago. Promoted as “like Friends without the guys,” Craig Fox and Sally Stover’s play presents a circle of “warrior women.” The opening scene–a surprise party for repressed magazine editor Anita (Cleo Brittan)–establishes the status quo: Kim and Lois (Angela Carmen and Dylan Chenery) are the model couple, going […]

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Platform

This second feature by Jia Zhang-ke (Pickpocket), which made the rounds of a few festivals in 2000 and has been very hard to see ever since (this is its first Chicago screening), is one of the most impressive Chinese films I’ve ever seen. Its theme is the great theme of Chinese cinema, the discovery of […]

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Calendar

Friday 5/17 – Thursday 5/23 MAY 17 FRIDAY The city kicks off its 12th annual celebration of the joys of two-wheeled transit with today’s Bike to Work Day Rally at Daley Plaza, where riders can pick up a free breakfast and Bike Chicago 2002 T-shirt and participate in any number of bike-boosting events. For those […]

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The Gossip

Forming a band is a perennial means of escaping a drab or painful existence, but for out ‘n’ proud lesbian Beth Ditto, who fronts the Gossip, nothing was going to make life in Searcy, Arkansas, bearable. So she headed for Olympia, Washington, that notorious bastion of punk-rock liberalism, and her future bandmates followed soon after. […]

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Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre. The 1965 Stein-Harnick-Bock musical offers a generous, Tony-laden, three-hour tribute to a lost world. But what stands out in this touring production, last here in December 2000, isn’t the folk wisdom of Tevye, a tradition-minded milkman and father of five. It isn’t even […]

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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare Machine, at the Performance Loft. There’s nothing wrong with a stripped-down production of Shakespeare using a small cast–provided the actors are up to the challenge of multiple roles. That’s a problem in Jason Cornwell’s staging of Antony and Cleopatra. The other is his relentless rapid-fire pacing. That and his six actors’ […]

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Primordial Undermind, Davis Redford Triad

Psychedelic music ranges from unbearably weightless (Gong’s three “Radio Gnome Invisible” albums) to black-hole heavy (the Jimi Hendrix tune “Are You Experienced?”), and these two groups definitely have a bit of ballast. Since 1989 guitarist and singer Eric Arn, formerly of Crystalized Movements, has led the Primordial Undermind through myriad mutations in lineup and sound. […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts DONNA ADLER Free concert. Wed 5/22, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700. AFFLICTIONS, DEATHBEAM, MEANS, SIMPATICO, WILD BUNCH perform at WHPK’s “Summer Breeze.” Sat 5/18, noon-5 PM, quads, University of Chicago, 58th and University. 773-702-8289. ANNE-MARIE AKIN Free in-store performance. Fri 5/17, 7:30 PM, Women & Children […]

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Shirley Horn Trio

Singer and pianist Shirley Horn defies conventions as casually and reflexively as most of us cough–though of course she makes it sound a lot better than that. In the 70s, a decade not exactly known for producing restrained and tasteful jazz, she turned heads by nesting her whispery vocals within a relaxed, centered trio, which […]

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Give Me the Gun

Defying Chicago’s ordinance against handgun ownership, Concealed Carry, Inc., an Oak Brook gun rights organization, announced in April a plan to give away one Kel-Tec .32-caliber semiautomatic a month to a Chicago citizen. And on May 6, Concealed Carry handed out the first gun. Residents interested in winning a gun were asked to E-mail Concealed […]