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The Straight Dope

What’s the story on Leo Strauss? My extremely limited knowledge of this guy is that he was a crackpot political philosopher given to perverse readings of Plato and Aristotle, who nonetheless attracted a cult following of students. Now I read in a recent issue of Newsweek that one of the Bush administration apparatchiks who fed […]

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December

Friday 12/12 – Thursday 12/18 DECEMBER 12 FRIDAY “I’m not a real political kind of guy, but it was a wonderful time–whether you liked Harold Washington or not, people were engaged politically,” says musician Ed Wilkerson. “People knew the issues and talked about what the City Council was voting on each week. Nowadays nobody really […]

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Alex Ross & Chip Kidd

Even if you’re not a comic book fan, you could easily be impressed and entertained by Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. If you are a fan, it’ll blow you away. Written and designed by the equally celebrated Chip Kidd, Mythology is part Ross bio and homage, part history of cartoon illustration, and […]

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Low

Whoever said you have to watch out for the quiet ones must have had Low in mind. When the trio from Duluth, Minnesota, started playing, at the height of the grunge craze ten years ago, they raised the bar for audience baiting by playing extremely slow, morose songs at the threshold of inaudibility. They can […]

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Screw X-mas!

Screw X-mas!, Sweetback Productions and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, at the Cornservatory. At the door, audience members are asked to fill out cards in response to the question “What do you hate about Christmas?” And if the monologues, sketches, and songs comprising Screw X-mas! are any indication, the performers themselves heartily resent the rites imposed on […]

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Petty Crime

November 3, 10:17 AM, 100 block of North Morgan. Theft. Victim observed 39-year-old male offender enter parked tractor trailer, break open crate, and remove cheese. Victim closed trailer door, locking offender inside until police arrived. November 4, 5:30 AM, 3500 block of North Broadway. Theft. Jewel security guard observed 35-year-old male offender stow 14 sticks […]

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Femme TV

Burlesque reminds us that a woman in lingerie peeling off a single glove can be devastatingly erotic. So it is with Femme TV, the Lavender Cabaret’s sexy wink of a variety show, which supposedly appears on cable channel KTNA, whose motto is “Redefining the Boob Tube.” Each act gently mocks a cable-television standby: cooking and […]

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Shinth Tour

While fiction writers are busy imagining an apocalyptic showdown between man and machine, Chicago’s own Peter Blasser is demonstrating how the two depend on each other by making music with his homemade electronic instruments, called shinths. A shinth is an exposed circuit board with no electronic inputs that produces sound when a human touches it […]