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Slamming Into the Burbs

This might be the year performance poetry catches on in the suburbs. Events are scheduled this week in two promising series: On Saturday, January 10, poet Kimberly Blaeser will read her work at a program sponsored by the journal Free Lunch at the Glenview Public Library. On Monday, January 12, Uptown Poetry Slam founder Marc […]

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Best Records of 2003

1.OUTKAST Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista) The most fascinating record of the year was this matched set of solo albums by Outkast’s Big Boi and Andre 3000. Both are obsessed with love and sex, not necessarily in that order, but all subject matter here is overshadowed by an amazingly polymorphous musicality. Andre 3000’s disc is more […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In November in Toronto, Ontario, 35-year-old Walter Nowakowski was arrested on several pornography charges (as well as for theft of telecommunications services) after an officer stopped him for driving the wrong way on a one-way residential street at five in the morning. According to police, Nowakowski was searching for unsecured wireless Internet connections […]

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Savage Love

I have been with my husband for four and a half years. I am currently very frustrated. My husband cannot maintain an erection while performing oral sex on me. He manually stimulates himself while giving me oral sex. I feel rejected, because shouldn’t the act of giving pleasure to someone you love and find attractive […]

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Chicago SketchFest

The third annual edition of this showcase of sketch comedy, presented by Lukaba Productions, features more than 70 local and out-of-town ensembles. Some well established, some new to the scene, they represent a remarkable range of styles and viewpoints. The festival runs January 8-18 at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, in the venue’s west, […]

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Dub Is a Weapon

Some musicians live to show off their chops, making sure you’re always aware of just how tricky the tricky parts are. But the guys in Brooklyn’s Dub Is a Weapon don’t seem to care a whit about impressing anyone. They come from a sprawling scene of overlapping funky New York bands (Antibalas, Fu-Arkist-Ra, Fire of […]

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No Bed of Roses

Age: 38 Occupation: Artist Apartment: Studio with sleeping loft. Rent: $475 Location: Pilsen Found Objects: Milk crates, a gurney, a plaster horse, a statue of Saint Francis (his grandmother always had one). Lost somewhere: Polaroid of a stripper taken in Juarez 15 years ago “for art, not sex.” Also photographs of cornfields. Not Pictured: Unfinished […]

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Spot Check

APOLLO SUNSHINE 1/9, SUBTERRANEAN These three Bostonians hit the bull’s-eye when they named the band: their debut, Katonah (SpinArt), is high Apollonian prog without pretension, art rock without a dour, dark, or attitudinal moment. It’s not that the layers and layers of effervescent sweetness–summer-rain piano, guitars pealing like church bells, whole choirsful of healthy young […]