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Last Call

Age: 40 Occupation: Contractor Apartment: 4 rooms, enclosed porch, $775 a month Location: Bucktown Not pictured: A dented mailbox containing a crumpled letter from his former landlord informing him that after 12 years their rental agreement has been terminated, because the building has been sold. Anything else from the old place? “I stole the kitchen […]

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DJ Krush

Ever since seeing the 1982 rap documentary Wild Style as a Tokyo teen, DJ Krush has been in love with hip-hop. But he was also an early exponent of acid jazz, and on Ki-Oku (Apollo), a late-90s collaboration with great Japanese trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, he even dabbles in some past-prime-Miles-style fusion. In some ways his […]

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The Zoo Story and Transmission

The Zoo Story and Transmission, Fade to Black Theatre Troupe, at Stage Left Theatre. In the last two years I’ve seen five productions of Edward Albee’s absurdist classic, and frankly it’s hard to imagine anyone bringing anything new to the Zoo. Still, every few months another company like the recently formed Fade to Black Theatre […]

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Women’s Performance Art Festival

The Stockyards Theatre Project, which calls itself “the only theatre company in Chicago dedicated exclusively to feminist/femaleist theatre and performance art,” presents its second annual showcase of woman-centered drama, storytelling, dance, improv, stand-up comedy, and other performance genres. Topics addressed range from rape, pregnancy, and madness to lesbianism, the beauty industry, and multiple orgasms. Running […]

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Dave Moore

Dave Moore’s sinewy, yearning vocals make him sound like a prairie Springsteen, but his music draws together both rootsy, romantic hard country and the noirish “alternative” variety–along with dashes of blues, rockabilly, and boisterous conjunto. (He studied accordion with some of the most respected squeezebox masters in Texas, including Santiago Jimenez Sr., father of the […]

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Who’s in Control?

I find it astonishing the organized tantrum thrown by Michael Siegel and the Jewish organizations [Hot Type, November 16] are missing the most important fact: that the Tribune’s commentaries are true! None of the comments dispute the fact that Israel occupies Palestinian lands, that these lands are stolen from private individuals and that Israel has […]

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Ali

Ali, Congo Square Theatre Company, at Chicago Dramatists. To win his three World Boxing Association titles, Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston to a pulp, pummeled George Foreman into submission, and outclassed Smokin’ Joe Frazier in a 15-round nail-biter. Outside the ring he loomed just as large as an antiwar crusader and civil rights activist. And […]

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Anti-Pop Consortium

In the last few years more and more artists–from California’s Anticon crew to New York weirdo Dose One–have deliberately pushed hip-hop toward the creative fringe in a quest to revitalize it. Good old beats and rhymes have been so disfigured they’re only recognizable as beeps and whines; some of the juxtapositions and new turns of […]

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His Not-So-Secret Past

As much as I enjoyed Peter Margasak’s article on the fine guitarist Duane Denison [Post No Bills, November 23], I couldn’t help but notice the glaring omission of “vocalist for multiplatinum-selling proto-rap-metal band Faith No More” from the resume of Duane’s new bandmate Mike Patton. Maybe it was really poor reporting, or maybe that little […]

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, Goodman Theatre. The Goodman’s new digs allow this old story to take flight in often breathtaking style. Ghosts appear from above (the Ghost of Christmas Past, played by Karl Michael Maschek, flies in and out of scenes with Scrooge in tow) and disappear below (Marley, played by William Brown, is swallowed up […]

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Get Back in the Auction

While I’m sorry that a significant number of Suite Home Chicago artists failed to realize their expectations in the auction cycle administrated by the folks at Public Art, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s advice to boycott auctions (Culture Club, 11/23/01) seems misguided at best. It’s true that art is often auctioned for far less than it […]

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City File

The laundry bills alone would be frightening. In an ongoing controversy over the future of the smelly waste-disposal mountain next to I-94 just south of Michigan City, Indiana, mayor Sheila Brillson responded to a local newspaper article by saying, “I am not in bed with the landfill” (News-Dispatch, November 7). How do you undeclare war? […]

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Nikka Costa

Music writers often use the term “natural R & B” to connote some vague rebellion against the showbizzy silken balladry at the top of the charts, a la the hip-hop crowd’s campaign to “keep it real” and indie rockers’ hand-wringing over “authenticity.” But none of these empty debates has any net effect on the largely […]

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Israel’s Blood Debt

Dear editor: Michael Miner’s recent column on “The Tribe Takes on the Trib” [Hot Type, November 16] was probably educational for some people about how Jewish Zionist organizations work to suppress expression in the media of anything other than knee-jerk support for Israel (as in the Sun-Times, owned by the same company which controls the […]