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Luna

The word on Luna’s Romantica, the sixth studio effort from the New York quartet, is that it’s their, well, “romance” album. I’ll grant that guitarist and vocalist Dean Wareham’s lyrics are more interpersonally oriented than the oddball character studies that dominated 1997’s Pup Tent and 1999’s The Days of Our Nights, and on a few […]

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Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas has been playing Dobro since he was a child in eastern Ohio. In 1971, at age 15, he became a regular member of his father’s bluegrass band, and two years later joined a leading “newgrass” revivalist outfit, the Country Gentlemen. Since then he’s worked with a long list of roots-music stars, including J.D. […]

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City File

Good news: The Harold Washington Library Center is on a list of world-class buildings in the world. Bad news: The list is Forbes magazine’s ten ugliest (forbes.com/2002/05/03/ 0503home.html). The opposite of Arthur Andersen: tax help where it’s needed. The Tax Counseling Project of the Loop-based nonprofit Center for Law & Human Services reports that its […]

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Savage Love

I was surfing through some porn and I ended up at one of those Webcam screen-shot galleries. Basically people talk girls into getting naked on regular cam chats and take a bunch of screen shots to send to a site that has tons of galleries. Anyway, I’m pretty sure one of the galleries has my […]

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Bad-Ass & the Devil

It’s easy to get distracted by all the gore in writer-director Arik Martin’s nightmarish black comedy. The first time I saw Bad-Ass & the Devil, in July of 2000, I left the theater shaken and queasy. The second time–a year later for a weekend revival–I became anesthetized to the ritualistic bloodletting and began to really […]

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Late Marriage

Family expectations clash with the prospect of personal happiness in this biting 2001 comedy by first-time Israeli writer-director Dover Kosashvili. Zaza (Lior Ashkenazi), a graduate student in philosophy, comes from a clan of traditional Soviet Georgian emigres who want him to marry a virgin and raise a family; their mission becomes more urgent when they […]

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The Straight Dope

My relatives who lived during World War II insist that all the scrap-metal and rubber drives, supposedly done to preserve resources for the war effort, were only for propaganda. None of the metal and rubber collected was ever used for anything. Is this true? –Anthony Allen, Los Angeles We live in a cynical age, Anthony. […]

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DJ Shadow

In the six years since Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow, released the all-sample symphony Endtroducing…(Mo’Wax/London), the idea of DJ as auteur has been embraced by DJs and the music-consuming public alike. Yet in all that time no one has been able to match the ambition and grandeur of that moody, cinematic bricolage. It was inevitable […]

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Bird Is the Word

“This is the introduction to the world of birds,” Aurora University biologist David Horn says of the six-session class he begins teaching this week at the Morton Arboretum. “We’ll go from their ancestry from dinosaurs to extreme living examples,” such as hummingbirds, whose wings beat 50 times a second, and penguins, who’ve adapted to “fly” […]

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ID’ing Suspects

I’d like to elaborate on our policy on identifying crime suspects, which was a Hot Type topic in your May 24 issue. Our policy states, “We identify crime suspects only if they are charged, or we know they are about to be charged, or if there is some other compelling reason to do so.” The […]

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Summer Sketchbook

The CollaborAction showcase of 20 short plays (each under seven minutes long) includes world premieres by Warren Leight, Beth Henley, Wendy MacLeod, and others. The festival also features environmental design by Wesley Kimler and DJs between plays. “Summer Sketchbook” takes place nightly June 4-16 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Showtimes are Mondays-Thursdays, 8 […]

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Is Studs for Real?

Dear editor: Is anyone surprised that Studs Terkel endorses Judy Peres, the Tribune’s pro-Arafat reporter (Letters, May 17)? Studs’s iconic aura and folksy populism make him a codger toward whom it is difficult to express anger. Nonetheless, Studs’s assertion that he is among the “voices in the Jewish community” who love the Tribune’s coverage of […]