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Mike Jones Trio

Watching Mike Jones in his current habitat–the opening slot of Penn & Teller’s show at the Rio in Las Vegas–it’s hard to avoid the obvious question: How does he do that? While Jones’s right hand reels off vertiginous runs that rival the pyrotechnics of such legends as Oscar Peterson, Earl Hines, and Art Tatum, his […]

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Tell Me More

On p. 30 [“Sex and Transsexuals,” December 12] Rodkin writes, “McCloskey and several other transsexuals have complained about Bailey to Northwestern officials…and in November they persuaded the university to investigate charges that Bailey didn’t get informed consent.” The remainder of that paragraph is unrelated to that sentence, and never again in the article is that […]

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Murder by Death

Whoever broke into Murder by Death’s van on October 25–a week after they released their second album, Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? (Eyeball)–and stole all their gear, including Sarah Balliet’s cello, had best watch their ass. It’d be a shame to spoil the plot of Who Will Survive, but suffice […]

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Girls Got It Good

After reading “Sex and Transsexuals” [December 12] I can well understand why trannies are not happy about the work of J. Michael Bailey. My own academic background is in sociology. By my freshman year I already knew that a sample size of seven was far too small to draw any firm, broad conclusions about anything […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts ALUMINUM GROUP Free in-store performance. Fri 12/19, 7 PM, the Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan. 312-981-9882. BETTER BOYFRIENDS perform “Christmas With Zardoz,” with the Merry Dials. Fri 12/19, 9:30 PM, second floor, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee. 773-342-4597. BEYONCE, BOW WOW, DA BAND, MURPHY LEE & ST. LUNATICS, MONICA, TWISTA See […]

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Spirits to Enforce

“All happy endings are problematic,” reflects the telemarketing team leader in Spirits to Enforce, “as they invariably involve the continuation of life.” In this Theater Oobleck play, being remounted after a sold-out run last April as part of the PAC/edge festival, playwright Mickle Maher sketches the aftermath of Prospero’s cut-and-run exit from wizardly dominion in […]

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Blue Nativity

Blue Nativity, Quest Theatre Ensemble. If nothing else, this 30-minute mini pageant gets credit for being the only one of some 35 seasonal shows here to actually feature the birth of Christ. Against a simple backdrop of blue fabric–portable, to accommodate Quest Theatre’s travels to churches all over Chicagoland and Indiana–ten performers reenact highlights of […]

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Our Story

A businessman with a hangdog face (Alain Delon) drinks too much beer on a train. “What will happen to him?” he asks aloud, then answers: “Absolutely nothing.” An affectless woman (Nathalie Baye) appears and tells him, “The story begins on a train.” A sexual encounter between them leaves him smitten. Begging her to use him […]

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Beyonce

Achieving diva status means trimming away anything that might get in the way of your showbiz destiny. For Beyonce, that includes not just her surname but also Destiny’s Child, the R & B vocal group she began her career in–though they’re allegedly still together, it wouldn’t be a bit surprising if they never recorded another […]

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Artful Pleasures

Visitors to Tangential Pleasures, an exhibit of work by eight local artists at the Suburban Fine Arts Center, are invited to write down their pleasures–visual, auditory, bodily, gustatory–and post them as part of the exhibit. Dogs and chocolate show up pretty often, and the nice little buzz that comes with a great flea-market find is […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Enraged that his computer was all but disabled by e-mail spam and pop-up advertising, 44-year-old Charles Booher of Sunnyvale, California, allegedly harassed employees of the spammer repeatedly between May and July: using e-mail addresses including “Satan@hell.org,” he threatened to castrate them, “disable” them with a bullet, torture them with an ice pick or […]