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Friday 1/3 – Thursday 1/9 JANUARY 3 FRIDAY One hundred years ago, W.E.B. DuBois wrote in The Souls of Black Folk: “Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here at the dawning of the Twentieth Century. This meaning is not without interest to you, […]

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Notes from Underground

Age: 28 Occupation: Unemployed/poet Apartment: 350-square-foot basement studio, $475 a month Location: West Town Years in this apartment: Four Decorative themes: Schlitz beer promotions: trays, signs, electric displays. Pictures of skeletons. Wake-up Song: “Argh Fuck Kill” by the Dayglo Abortions Post-its on doorjamb: “Lunch Fucker!!” “Fruit!! Fucker!!” Not Pictured: Boxes of his early writings: poems, […]

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Nicholas Nickleby

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1838) may be Charles Dickens’s greatest novel, but at 900 pages it’s a lot to dramatize–Trevor Nunn and David Edgar’s brilliant 1980 adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company (later televised and released on video) ran more than eight hours. This is the fourth celluloid version, and though writer-director […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, etc. concerts TRENT CARLINI Elvis tribute. Sat 1/4, 8 PM, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. 847-671-5100 or 312-559-1212. CHICAGO A CAPPELLA performs music about food, including “Fragments From His Dish” and “Chili con Carne,” in a program entitled “Tastes of Paradise.” Free admission. Thu 1/9, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago […]

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Old Man McGinty

Sketch-comedy group Old Man McGinty started life in the Bay Area a couple years ago, then several members relocated to Chicago and New York. Now they’re reuniting for two performances at Chicago SketchFest (and one late-night gig Thursday, January 9, at ImprovOlympic, where former McGintyites Meridith Crosley and Ryan Gowland have been performing regularly for […]

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Best Releases of 2002

1. THE ROOTS Phrenology (MCA) The mediocre crossover single “Break You Off,” featuring wan vocals from Musiq, is the Philadelphia hip-hop band’s sole concession to biz pressure–even their inclusion of murmured hooks from Nelly Furtado, Jill Scott, and Alicia Keys sounds like an aesthetic choice. Staying true to the restless spirit of invention that gave […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In December in Singapore, neurosurgeon Keith Goh and his colleagues announced that they would decide by the first of the year whether to attempt the life-threatening separation surgery requested by 28-year-old Iranian conjoined twins Laleh and Ladan Bijani, who are attached at the backs of their skulls. Both women are law school graduates, […]

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Multiple Personalities

Jenny Poetzel: Self-Portraits at the Contemporary Art Workshop, through January 21 Juan Jose Molina: Mitomania at Aldo Castillo, through February 1 Many of us go through a period of mirror gazing in adolescence, of wondering who we are and what we’ll become, perhaps incited by a changing appearance at once familiar and strange. So it’s […]

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Cycles With Safety Wheels

Cycles of Life Shakura Ensemble Ritual Theatre at Northside College Prep, December 20-21 A few years ago a playwright friend asked me, “Why do we put up with people who talk incessantly about the healing and magical qualities of art? If they were evangelizing that way about religion, we’d be out of the room like […]