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VGM Mix Tape #8 Release Party

The video-game industry of the late 70s and early 80s gave rise to a twee, minimalist style of musical accompaniment that was shaped by the limits of technology and that rewarded coding expertise as much as compositional talent. Video-game sound tracks have since become studio-recorded opuses nearly as lavish as their movie counterparts, but to […]

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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright’s last record, 2001’s Poses, was a paean to hedonism, chronicling his appetite for junk food, cigarettes, and sex. But this summer Wainwright announced that he was simplifying his life and making his way back from what he described to the New York Times as a trip to “gay hell.” His new album, Want […]

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Man From Nebraska

Man From Nebraska, Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Tracy Letts’s latest script opens with several scenes of stark, devastating silence and closes with a tense, apprehensive exchange full of pregnant pauses– clever parallels to the wide-open spaces of the play’s midwestern setting and concessions to the fact that what can’t be verbalized is better left unsaid. Rick […]

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Wayne Wonder

Wayne Wonder didn’t lead the recent charge of dancehall artists crossing over on the American charts–Shaggy, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and most notably Sean Paul have been battering the gates for a while now. But this 18-year veteran of the Jamaican music scene scored one of the biggest hits of the current wave this spring […]

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A Christmas Carol/A Christmas Carol/Harvey Finkelstein’s A Puppet Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, A Christmas Carol, Goodman Theatre, and Harvey Finkelstein’s A Puppet Christmas Carol, Live Bait Theater. What’s astonishing about Dickens’s evergreen is the simplicity of its message, which is more humanistic than religious: Christmas is a much-needed occasion to affirm our ties to our “fellow passengers to the grave.” […]

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City File

Is your boss doing it? Employer-assisted housing “is rapidly gaining momentum,” reports Samantha DeKoven of the Metropolitan Planning Council in “Ideas@Work” (October), published by the Campaign for Sensible Growth. “Lake Forest College, Loyola University, University of Chicago and Wheaton College have encouraged employees to live in nearby communities through a variety of programs. The City […]

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Savage Love

I was listening to the radio today and Rick Santorum was mentioned. The first thought that popped into my head was, “Santorum? That frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex?” and not, “Santorum? That conservative prick?” Your column has worked the new meaning so far into my […]

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Here Comes a Regular

Here Comes a Regular, Factory Theater, at Stage Left Theatre. In this comedy with music, five regulars–men in their late 30s–gather in a bar to grouse about women. Frank’s live-in girlfriend of three years has unexpectedly dumped him. Steve’s wife cheated on him with his boss. And Dan’s wife is gorgeous but cruel. They love […]

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DECEMBER 5 FRIDAY “The city takes its own pulse at this meeting in a very real way,” says David Perry, director of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, which sponsors today’s Great Cities Winter Forum. “It’s different from the typical university forum. Here the university and the city engage in a conversation […]