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Kazem Al Saher

American brands like Coke and McDonald’s may be as ubiquitous in the Arab world as they are here, but when it comes to insipid pop heartthrobs, the Egyptians, Lebanese, and Saudis have more than enough of their own. Iraqi singer Kazem Al Saher stands out from the meticulously coiffed pretty boys turned out by Cairo’s […]

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Uptown’s Due

Dear Chicago Reader, Gabriella Filisko [Letters, February 14] is probably right to claim that there is a mountain of support for the Freed development in Uptown, and can’t be faulted for expecting Women & Children First bookstore to compete against Borders like good little capitalists. However, she ignores two essential points driving both the affordable-housing […]

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Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists at Empty Bottle, February 22 Ted Leo’s Epiphone hollow-body has “No War” affixed to it in rough strips of duct tape. It was a quick tape-job, done minutes before going onstage at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, where the message was broadcast to millions–a week and a bit later, the […]

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Festival of New Plays

About Face Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art team up for a showcase of new gay- and lesbian-themed works in various stages of development. Offerings range from workshop productions to readings and discussions, as shown in the schedule below. The festival runs through March 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. […]

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Accentuate the Positive

I read Cara Jepsen’s article [“Woman Made’s Fixer-Upper,” January 31] about Woman Made Gallery’s experience at their new location in the Acme Artists’ Community, 2418 W. Bloomingdale. It focused on common problems that arise with most new construction projects. The Acme community will soon house 20 artists and five commercial enterprises, two of which are […]

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Corporate Back Scratching

Re: Hot Type’s “Red Brigade” (February 21) R.J. Reynolds’s corporate spokesperson was “interested” but not too in the similarity between their Kamel Red logo and the Tribune’s RedEye minipaper. Have corporations gone soft on trademark infringement suddenly, or did the two giants look each other in the “Eye” and decide it would be too costly […]

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The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Lorraine Hansberry’s last play closed the night she died in 1965 and hasn’t been produced much since. For that reason alone one can applaud Genevieve Hurst’s staging (which includes revisions made after Hansberry’s death by her ex-husband, Robert Nemiroff). The main problem […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In January the Wall Street Journal described “dB drag racing,” in which the winner isn’t the fastest car but the one with the stereo that generates the highest “sound pressure level” (SPL). In the “extreme” category, cars are completely rebuilt and carry racks of amplifiers, which draw enough juice to power several homes; […]

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Small Victories

Jeff McMahon at Bodybuilder and Sportsman, through March 15 Gillian Brown at I Space, through March 8 Katy Fischer: Highlands Commute at Julia Friedman, through March 15 In the absence of grand meanings, artists sometimes mix playfulness with gentle humor to create a quiet poetry, calling into question the value of imagery without abandoning all […]

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When The Walls Have Ears

When The Walls Have Ears, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. Though David Hauptschein’s world-premiere family drama begins domestically enough, with a mother-daughter conversation about Thanksgiving and bowel movements, it soon dives into a cesspool of drug running and brutality. The first half enthralls like a TV crime drama: some sketchy interactions between the black-sheep son (Wesley Walker) […]