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Frosty, Emerald City Theatre Company, at the Apollo Theater. Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers’s modern-day retelling of the adventures of Frosty the Snowman gets major points for staying the course without an ounce of vomit-inducing sentimentality. The conceit is that precocious third graders have built Frosty as a science fair project, and their efforts lovingly […]

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The Swimming Pool

Famous in its day for reuniting real-life former lovers Alain Delon and Romy Schneider on-screen, this forgotten 1968 psychological thriller by Jacques Deray deserves to be rediscovered for its darkly sensual story. Delon plays Jean-Paul, an out-of-work writer shacked up with Marianne (Schneider) at her pastoral villa on the sunlit Riviera. Seemingly blissfully in love, […]

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Any improvising musician, no matter how creative, inevitably winds up reusing favorite licks and techniques, and the members of Tri-Dim–Swedish guitarist David Stackenas and two Norwegians, reedist Hakon Kornstad and percussionist Ingar Zach–are no exception. That said, it’s remarkable how different the group’s most recent album, 2 of 2 (Sofa, 2002), is from its 2000 […]

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Savage Love

On an episode of The Sopranos, a hunk went to the bathroom, where he died, and the camera caught the actor sitting in a position with his pants and shorts down around his ankles. It made me so hot I whacked off immediately. Later, I taped the episode for that purpose. Also, I found a […]

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Movieside Film Festival

The second annual Movieside Film Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, at the Biograph. Tickets are $10; for more information call 773-856-5220. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 Down by Law Jim Jarmusch directed this 1986 comedy about three small-time cons (John Lurie, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni) who bust out of jail only to find […]

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Spot Check

COHEED AND CAMBRIA 12/12, HOUSE OF BLUES The pleasure these guys offer isn’t the quick fix of pop, for sure: their MO is to storm about in the DMZ between prog and metal, virtually daring the listener to challenge their claim on this difficult turf. (I wouldn’t challenge it, though Neurosis might.) But their second […]

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Little House on the Parody

Little House on the Parody, Single Box Turn Productions, at Theatre Building Chicago. The 1970s and ’80s TV show Little House on the Prairie, based on the autobiographical books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, emphasized saintliness. Almost everyone was good, but especially the almost Christlike father (here played by Max Stewart) and earnest, bucktoothed Laura (Becky […]

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Phyllis Schlafly and the ACLU, United

To the editor: We enjoyed your analysis of the Chicago Tribune’s recent editorial series on the USA Patriot Act [Hot Type, December 5]. While it made many important points about the legislation, the article overlooked one important development. We agree with your thesis that different “types” of civil libertarians may have varying perspectives on the […]

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, at Victory Gardens Theater. This warmhearted hour-long offering includes a rich range of holiday fare–music, poetry, dance, and storytelling–from Dylan Thomas as well as other sources, most of it performed by David Darlow, Linda Gillum, and Stephen Spencer. Damon Runyon’s little-known story “Palm Beach Santa Claus” […]