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Gregoire Moulin Versus Humanity

Hands down, this is the funniest film I’ve seen all year. French character actor Artus de Penguern (best known in the States as Hipolito the writer in Amelie) makes his feature-directing debut with this 2001 rip-off of Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, and though it’s not quite as dark as its New York predecessor, its ironic […]

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Finders Keepers: bazaar rituals of the holiday season

You say your holiday shopping list includes a Vietnamese silk painting? A handwoven shawl? An armchair for your dog? You’re in luck. Those items, plus thousands more–from bottle-cap jewelry to out-of-print books on Native American art–are for sale at this year’s assortment of local holiday bazaars, craft fairs, and fine art extravaganzas. A selection follows. […]

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Savage Love

A coworker and I share a huge amount of sexual energy. The primary issue is that he’s 17 and I’m closer to 30. My attraction to him is likely related to a (mild) distrust of men, an issue I’m working through with a therapist. I’m not interested in a relationship, and I’m sure at 17 […]

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Blind Guardian

For a city with such a vibrant music scene, Chicago has surprisingly little to offer the metal fan–Milwaukee Metalfest seems to be as close as many influential or up-and-coming acts get–so seeing this bill listed at Metro was particularly startling and refreshing. Then again, this German quartet is startling and refreshing in its own right: […]

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Scarface

Few gangsta rappers have stuck around as long as Brad Jordan, aka Scarface. He got his start as the most talented member of the notorious Houston trio the Geto Boys, and 12 years on, he’s still rhyming about the hustling life: “I turn a dream into reality / With a fuck-you mentality,” as he puts […]

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Oakenfold

As one of the first British DJs to grasp the possibilities of house and techno in the late 80s, Paul Oakenfold became a crucial figure in rave culture. His production work on Happy Mondays’ 1990 Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches helped create a dialogue between rave and rock; his mid-90s stint opening for U2 introduced […]

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Three Blondes Walk Into a Bar

Three Blondes Walk into a Bar, Euphemism Here Productions, at the Space. The 18 sketches here are written and performed by three women–Emily Boardman, Jenn Remke, and Jay Steigmann–and written and directed by one man, Jason Williams. Sometimes comic, sometimes poignant, they’re often imbued with an earnest, intelligent, somewhat nostalgic feminism. There are bits about […]

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The Christmas Schooner

The Christmas Schooner, Bailiwick Repertory. Imagine no Big Tree in the Walnut Room at Marshall Field’s, no official one in Daley Plaza. The Christmas Schooner pays tribute to the heroic entrepreneurs who brought similar trees to Chicago in the 19th century, schooner captains and crews who braved a wintry Lake Michigan to provide some desperately […]

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Arnold Odermatt

Swiss police officer Arnold Odermatt, now 77 and retired, photographed traffic accidents in the canton of Nidwalden from 1948 to ’90. Most of his oeuvre is collected in municipal files and insurance-claims folders, but 43 arresting prints are now on exhibit in Gallery 139 at the Art Institute. They depict crashes but no casualties–Volkswagens become […]

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Country Covers

Heather McAdams’s L’il 2003 Country Calendar highlights a different country music great each month–from January’s Johnny Cash to December’s Hank Snow–and it’s so jam-packed with country trivia that you’d be hard-pressed to find space to pencil in a doctor’s appointment. Cartoonist and filmmaker McAdams has been producing hand-drawn calendars for the last ten or so […]

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The Spitfire Grill

It’s your basic girl-meets-town story. Percy’s spent five years “buried alive” in prison. Paroled, she heads straight for Gilead, Wisconsin–a backwater outside Prairie du Chien–just because it looks good in a picture. The sheriff finds her a job at the eponymous diner, and the citizenry takes note. Hannah, the crusty old widow who owns the […]

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Calendar

Friday 12/6 – Thursday 12/12 DECEMBER 6 FRIDAY According to David Perry, director of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, this year’s Forum on Urban Issues will address strategies by which we can “reaffirm cities as sites for inclusion and centers of civilian culture and imaginative openness and edginess–and as drivers of […]