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Hotter Than Potter

Holes *** (A must-see) Directed by Andrew Davis Written by Louis Sachar With Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Dule Hill, Henry Winkler, and Eartha Kitt. No one will be happier than I will to see the Harry Potter craze blow over. I find it a bit creepy […]

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Raising Victor Vargas

Warmly recommended to viewers who like their romantic comedies small-scale but life-size, this charming debut feature by Peter Sollette, set in a Dominican milieu on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, follows the stumbling exploits of the title character (Victor Rasuk), a small-time teenage Romeo trying to upgrade his image after being caught in the act with […]

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PAC/edge Performance Festival

This self-styled “convergence of Chicago artists,” running through April 26, is presented by Performing Arts Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Boasting Chicago first lady Maggie Daley as honorary chair, the avant-garde festival features more than 100 multidisciplinary presentations. All shows take place at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport; the […]

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The Most Despised Man in America

“A lot of people think they know about Benedict Arnold,” says Theatre of Western Springs artistic director Tony Vezner. But if they base their understanding of America’s archetypal traitor on what they remember from high school history or a recent A&E movie, Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor, Vezner says there’s room for surprise. In […]

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Gil Thorp Gets Benched/For a Moment, We Were Scared/Safety Second/While They Were Sleeping

Gil Thorp Gets Benched The Sun-Times didn’t send a single reporter to Iraq, but it assigned Beetle Bailey to its comics pages. The strip’s arrival April 6 was a historic event, celebrated with a page-one announcement, a full-page profile of cartoonist Mort Walker, and an editorial. “We don’t know that the Chicago Tribune dropped its […]

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Chicago Palestine Film Festival

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival continues Friday, April 18, through Friday, April 25. Screenings will be at Women in the Director’s Chair Theater, 941 W. Lawrence, and Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. All screenings are free, but reservations are encouraged; for more information call 312-560-6661. Following is the schedule for April 18 through […]

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Bettie and Me

Bettie Serveert at the Abbey Pub, April 4 Never trust a bohemian under 30–they’ll skip town when the rent’s due, borrow your car and forget where they parked it, accidentally ash on the carpet. Actually, we bohemians over 30 do that stuff too. But if we don’t get more responsible as we get older, we […]

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Kinsey Sicks

Irwin Keller was such a nice, polite, presentable suit-and-tie homosexual when I met him 20 years ago. Then a University of Chicago law student, the Niles native was an earnest young activist who helped draft the city’s landmark gay-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance before heading to San Francisco to work for an AIDS assistance agency. But […]

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Savage Love

I’m a gay high school sophomore, and I’ve had no luck finding other guys. I turned to the Internet and met a really nice guy that wants to help me live out my dreams of being another dude’s sex slave. He offered to pick me up after school and take me to his house. The […]

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Mathew Wilson and Adam Brooks

When Mathew Wilson left Chicago three years ago, taking his wife and new baby to his native England, he thought he’d left his adopted city and his days as a performance artist behind for good. “I came to think that I had been deluding myself–surrounded by other artists deluding themselves–and that one day I’d grow […]