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Northern State

In a year already marked by the steep ascent of urban poets Kanye West and Dizzee Rascal, who’d have guessed one of the more talked-about rap acts would be a trio of white chicks from Long Island? Northern State–Hesta Prynn, DJ Sprout, and Guinea Love (Julie Goodman, Robyn Goodmark, and Correne Spero to their parents)–have […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts 3RD ANNUAL ALL-CITY MC BATTLE Sat 3/6, 9 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie. 773-764-2277. ERYKAH BADU, FLOETRY See Critic’s Choice. Sat 2/28, 7 PM, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. 312-922-2110 or 312-902-1500. BIG BAND Tribute to big-band music. Fri 2/27 and Sat 2/28, 7:30 PM, and Sun 2/29, 3 […]

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Flying Luttenbachers

The industrious Weasel Walter hasn’t slackened his pace since leaving Chicago for the Bay Area last year. A member of no fewer than 15 groups during his 12 years here, he’s already involved in three new projects there: Goof Ice, XBXRX, and Curse of the Birthmark. But his most active and best-known outfit remains the […]

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Looking Back in Anger

Star Spangled to Death *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Ken Jacobs With Jack Smith, Jerry Sims, Cecilia Swan, Gib Taylor, Bill Carpenter, Laurie Taylor, Reese Haire, Bob Fleischner, Jim Enterline, and Jacobs. Young man, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do. –opening intertitle of Star Spangled to Death Ken Jacobs’s 1969 Tom, […]

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Robert K. Landers

When you think of writers defined by or who themselves have defined Chicago, you think Bellow, Algren, Dreiser, Sinclair. Maybe Sandburg; maybe Hecht. You might think of James T. Farrell too, author of the Studs Lonigan trilogy–Young Lonigan (1932), The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (1934), and Judgment Day (1935)–but he’s always occupied a lower […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In a December issue of the journal Science, geologist David J. Siveter of the University of Leicester in England wrote that he and several colleagues had found a 425-million-year-old fossil in Herefordshire that is, as far as they know, the earliest evidence of an inarguably male animal. They named the tiny crustacean Colymbosathon […]

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LEGLESS, Dirt Road Theatre Group, at Curious Theatre Branch. There are two sorts of fairy tales: the peppy Disney versions and the darker original kind, where children get lost and stay lost and bad things happen to ordinary people, sometimes for no reason at all. In this new work by Abra Adduci, a young woman […]

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Mark Twain Tonight

Reports of Mark Twain’s death are greatly exaggerated–or so you might think after seeing Hal Holbrook’s brilliant re-creation of America’s greatest humorist. Holbrook introduced his Twain impersonation in 1954, honing the act in nightclub and college appearances before taking it to Broadway and TV. Now near 80, Holbrook still tours regularly (he was here last […]