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Luke Eargoggle

There were people doing interesting things with electro long before music critics and their plus-ones discovered and discarded the peacocks of the genre, and they haven’t let up since. I’m talking specifically about the Dutch hard-asses who run Bunker, a label initially funded in part by selling acid; they spout bizarre, bitter missives thrashing the […]

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City File

Are 2,430 Illinois families going to be on the streets in October? That’s how an August 13 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report (“House Funding Level Would Lead to More Than 60,000 Fewer Families Receiving Housing Voucher Assistance”) reads the HUD appropriations bill passed by the House of Representatives on July 25. “About 63,000 […]

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Dandy Warhols

At first this Portland-based quartet was content to toy with the rudiments of Brit shoegazer pop while front man Courtney Taylor skimmed his record shelves; he’d toss out a quip for each item in his collection (“Just want a girl / As cool as Kim Deal”), and the excitement was in waiting to see which […]

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Free for Poets

When Ron Offen retired from his job as a school librarian in California two years ago and moved back to Illinois, where he grew up, he brought Free Lunch, his twice-yearly poetry journal, with him. Offen has edited and published Free Lunch since 1989, and now he’s running it out of his Glenview home. The […]

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Datebook

SEPTEMBER 5 FRIDAY In yet another “Cows on Parade” spin-off, the Barrington Area Arts Council set 17 local artists loose on a herd of sawhorses; the results of A Horse Is a Horse go on display today at 14 galleries and businesses in conjunction with the council’s annual Gallery Walk. Painter Beth Lee Cripe, for […]

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Timothy Doyle

In 1994 Timothy Doyle, accompanied by his hired Sherpa guide, Kali, set out from his residence in Kathmandu to hike 500 or so miles to the Nepalese town of Dolpo. Going to Dolpo (Imperfect Music and Literature/Aark Arts), his spare memoir of the trip, depicts a spiritual and geographic journey. Traveling “to see the mountains,” […]

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Chris Mills & the City That Works

Chris Mills’s late-90s output on Sugar Free was basically alt-country twang burnished by the occasional neosoul horn riff; last year he made an audacious leap, stylistically and professionally, by starting his own label, Power Pop Records, and releasing The Silver Line–a self-produced, self-financed album that allowed him, he says, to explore artistic directions that the […]

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The Straight Dope

Could you please explain how the designated hitter rule works in the American League? I understand that the designated hitter bats for a pitcher, but that’s about it. I have seen games where the designated hitter suddenly plays defense. Once this happens, the pitcher suddenly has to bat! The whole process is so confusing, only […]

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Murder . . . by Improv

ChicagoImprovAnarchy can’t be accused of exercising undue advantage over its audiences in this clever fully improvised murder mystery. Though, as usual, we must guess whodunit, so must the troupe’s detective–TV pitchman Billy Mays in the current version of the show (previously it was Columbo). After our suggestions have determined the characters, we vote on the […]

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Calendar

Friday 9/5 – Thursday 9/11 SEPTEMBER 5 FRIDAY “I crawled back to my theater company going, ‘Oh my god,’” says Martie Sanders of her demoralizing audition for Cirque du Soleil a few years ago. “I felt like I was so out of my realm there. I’m an actor, but I’m not a clown. They put […]

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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 […]