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If Punks Ran the Disco

“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 junior-high dance is laying it on a little thick?” On the other side of the […]

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Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera’s fourth annual gift to the city, an end-of-summer free concert in Grant Park showcasing marquee singers from its upcoming productions, is, of course, also a high-profile advertisement for the company–an especially appropriate tactic after last season’s alarming drop in attendance. As usual, it’s gone all out, corralling three of the four principals from […]

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Graham Norton: Red-Handed

Graham Norton is a cheeky bugger–and proud of it. The Irish-born, openly gay British TV celebrity–host of the Channel 4 talk show So Graham Norton–could be Dame Edna Everage’s naughty nephew. Looking a bit like Elton John with his stocky build and short-cropped hair, he’s fond of shiny suits and scantily clad musclemen; the set […]

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My Name is Mudd

My Name is Mudd, Rhinoceros Theater Festival, at Curious Theatre Branch. Questions about historiography undergird Shawn Prakash Reddy’s formulation of the events surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. And for many playwrights, the postmodern hall of mirrors created by asking slippery questions about authority and knowledge would be enough. But Reddy, who also directs, clearly wants to […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts AEROSMITH, KISS, SALIVA Sat 9/6, 7 PM, Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Highway D & Highway 120, East Troy, Wisconsin. 262-642-4400 or 312-559-1212. NICK ALVAREZ, DAVE DOBIE, MARK DENARDO, STOP THE VIKING, MIKE JONES Wed 9/10, 8 PM, Buddy, 1542 N. Milwaukee. 773-342-7332. JON B. Fri 9/5, 7:30 and 10:15 PM, DuSable […]

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Running Out of In-Jokes

Poked and Growing Up Butch Second City E.T.C. This summer, controversies about gay and lesbian civil rights have exploded. Same-sex marriage was legalized in the province of Ontario, New Hampshire Episcopalians selected an openly gay bishop for the first time, and in a landmark case, Lawrence v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that gays […]

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Unholy Mess

Kudos to Michael Miner for keeping a spotlight on the Catholic Church’s global campaign against gays by answering a letter from a reader who wondered if “in the next ten years or so the ‘global campaign’ would do more harm to gays than their own ‘self-inflicted wounds (AIDS)’” [Hot Type, August 15]. Mr. Miner replies […]