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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The minimum age for attendance at some tennis, soccer, and golf academies has dropped to two, according to a June CNN story bolstered by interviews with instructors, parents, and doctors in New York City and Washington, D.C. The experts say most parents of such young students are motivated by visions of their children […]

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Savage Love

I am a 21-year-old college student, sharing an apartment with a guy who’s been my best friend for a long time. We get along well and are very compatible roommates, but an incident two weeks ago has jeopardized all that. I’ve been dating a wonderful girl whom I’ll call Jennifer. Jennifer and I have sex […]

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Elgin Scores

The opera Masks of Fate and Faith was written and designed by the 50 kids who will perform (on- and offstage) in its world premiere this weekend in Elgin. The kids, aged 10 to 13, most without any previous musical training, have worked for nine months in teams as librettists, composers, choreographers, designers, and more […]

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The Servant of Two Masters

The Servant of Two Masters, SummerNITE, at the Theatre Building Chicago. The “anything goes” attitude characteristic of commedia began as a reaction against the strict theatrical conventions of the time. With this 1743 play about pompous fathers, befuddled servants, and two pairs of lovers–one traveling incognito–Carlo Goldoni attempted to rein in some of the form’s […]

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Mark Morgan’s biggest claim to fame so far is that he’s sold T-shirts for cheese-metal spaz Andrew W.K. (They were friends in Michigan and both separately moved to New York.) His own band, Sightings, is loud and raucous too, though not in the 1,000-watt manner of W.K.’s band: on the trio’s no-fi, no-title debut for […]

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Arc of a Diver

Erin Moore and Martin de Blois were photographed by Robert A. Davis on July 9, 2000, as part of the CITY 2000 photodocumentary project. They are in a diving pool at the Taste of Chicago festival in Grant Park. They were married two weeks later. I interviewed Erin the following November at their Lakeview apartment. […]

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Spot Check

MAKERS 6/28, EMPTY BOTTLE They’ve got stars in their eyes–and for all intents and purposes they might as well have them painted on their faces. Their seventh album, Strangest Parade (Sub Pop), is another step in the direction they veered off in on 2000’s Rock Star God, bringing a vintage-glam level of put-on to bear […]