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Scene Stealers

Gravy Train!!!! at the Abbey Pub, June 23 Epoxies at the Bottom Lounge, August 23 “Dear God: I knew you would eventually punish music geeks my age for the garage-rockabilly-retro faddism we have committed, and I was ready for the lash. Still, don’t you think turning the music underground into one long flashback to the […]

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Language of Angels

Language of Angels, Gift Theatre Company, at Victory Gardens Theater. Naomi Iizuka’s 2000 play, now receiving its midwest premiere under Michael Patrick Thornton’s superb direction, at times feels like a backwoods version of Jim Carroll’s punk litany about doomed friends, “People Who Died.” After Celie (Carrie Layne), an ethereal teenage girl, disappears in a North […]

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Breakbone DanceCo.

Atalee Judy’s Logotype vs2.1 is a big, big dance. Seeing it in its entirety the way I did at a rehearsal last weekend–as opposed to catching one or two of its seven sections on this or that occasion–makes this fact abundantly clear. It’s big because it’s got so much in it: live music, recorded music, […]

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Fillet of Solo Festival

Live Bait Theater’s eighth annual showcase of one-person performances features old and new work by a slew of fringe artists. The fest runs through August 30 at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark; performances take place in the theater’s Bucket space. Tickets are $10 per show; a festival pass to all shows costs $30. Call […]

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ComedySportz

You can always tell the improvisers who’ve worked at ComedySportz. They’re the ones who go for a laugh even if it violates the rules of the game they’re playing. They never become so involved in the art or the process that they forget they’re in front of an audience eager to be entertained. Improv purists […]

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Sins of Misidentification

Correction: In my article about the Saint Boniface design competition, “Sins of Demolition” (August 22), a rendering of the submission from the architectural firm Annex/5 ran with the caption “Brininstool + Lynch.” The actual submission from Brininstool + Lynch appears here. Also Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman was originally scheduled to serve on the jury, but […]

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City File

It costs too much to be poor. Percentage of those earning $75,000 or more whose employers offer health insurance: 83. Of those earning $25,000 or less: 26 (Kids Count, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation). Last May, 24 Illinois state senators voted against their governor, Chicago mayoral brother William Daley, and the SBC lobbying […]

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Sports Section

The Cubs turned their season toward the home stretch earlier this month with a Tuesday-night game against the first-place Houston Astros. Up to then the Cubs had done an admirable job of simply staying in the National League Central Division race, especially with pitching ace Mark Prior on the disabled list, recovering from the bumped […]

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Doomed to Repeat

Alcatraz Serendipity Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre The past is not dead. It is not even past. –William Faulkner Few wars have been as mystifying to Americans as the ones that dismembered Yugoslavia during the 1990s. We don’t have to think very hard to figure out Iraq, Afghanistan, or Israel: religious fanaticism notwithstanding, they’re […]

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That’s a Super Bowl

Dear Reader, I read Michael Miner’s Hot Type article “The New Contrarians” [August 22] about Soldier Field with great interest. I also think that the new stadium deserves an open conversation about its positive design and civic attributes. I am a practicing architect that has real experience in the design and construction of both outdoor […]

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Coughs

The Coughs, a bottom-of-the-barrel noise sextet, were drawn to one another two years ago by their mutual lack of musical skill or experience. Enthusiasm has won out over ineptitude, however, and at this point they don’t sound sloppy so much as unhinged. On their self-released Bent Babies EP, the sax squeals when it shouldn’t, and […]

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Spot Check

EVIL BEAVER 8/29, METRO Evil Beaver’s gotten fat: the local duo’s second album, Pleased to Eat You (out September 8 on their Frooty Nation label), has a big, thick, cavern-filling roar harking back to a certain moment years ago starring L7 and Seven Year Bitch. Recorded in LA by former Chicagoan Dave Trumfio, the riff-heavy […]

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Susana Baca: Memoria Viva

“To have no memories is to have a naked soul,” declares Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca. “I want to clothe my soul, to be a black woman adorned with life.” Marc Dixon’s video on Baca is that rare thing, a music documentary that significantly deepens one’s appreciation for the subject’s art. At a place where black […]

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List of Greivances

Does Liz Armstrong only write profiles of bands that claim to engage in acts of violence against women? The two articles I’ve seen by her were about bands that supposedly like to body slam dudes onto unsuspecting chicks or punch Kathleen Hanna in the face for fun. I guess wearing stupid fucking costumes and playing […]

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Chicago Underground Film Festival

The tenth annual Chicago Underground Film Festival continues Friday through Tuesday, August 29 through September 2, at Landmark’s Century Centre. Tickets are $9, festival passes $30 (for five screenings) and $100 (for all screenings). For more information call 866-468-3401. Films marked with an * are highly recommended. FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 * Tricky Existence Humans seem […]