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Safe Sex

Kelis Tasty (Arista) On the back of her third CD, Tasty, Kelis Rogers poses in girlish white undies atop two pink scoops of ice cream the size of beanbag chairs. Inside the jewel box, she’s licking a big, round, red lollipop. In case all this was too subtle for prospective consumers, Arista at one point […]

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Cross Purposes

It is extremely difficult to divorce one’s viewpoint and background from being objective when analyzing the film The Passion of the Christ. All of us come with certain predispositions when judging something we like or dislike. I respect anyone for expressing his or her opinion, providing they have their facts straight. Clearly that is not […]

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The Atwood Stairs at Field’s

With the announcement that Marshall Field’s is up for sale it looks like the Target Corporation’s decade-long program of tweaking and polishing the State Street flagship store has come to an end. Physically, the store looks great, and it’s ironic that the most recent project–and what is now probably the final one–revealed a treasure, unseen […]

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Calendar

Friday 3/19 – Thursday 3/25 MARCH 19 FRIDAY For a city where a lot of people don’t even want to take the bus in cold weather, Chicago has a strong bicycling culture. Today and Saturday the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Conference brings together two-wheel advocates for sessions devoted to bike-friendly street design, project funding, and tips […]

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Lazy Cowgirls

Lots of journeymen musicians have moved through the Lazy Cowgirls since the band formed two decades ago, but singer Pat Todd has always been in command. The Indiana native, who writes the Cowgirls’ tunes, is a true believer in the redemptive power of rock ‘n’ roll; despite the shuffling membership and a level of obscurity […]

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Electrelane

Electrelane deemed vocals unnecessary on their 2001 debut, Rock It to the Moon (Mr. Lady), but for The Power Out (Too Pure) Verity Susman steps up to the mike on nearly every song. Though her voice is thin and she can’t always hit the notes she’s aiming for, her mostly naked melodies add nice contrast […]

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Loud and Proud

University of Illinois art professor Susan Sensemann answered her cell phone in the lingerie department at Marshall Field’s, where she was getting outfitted for this weekend’s opening of Fabulous!, an exhibit she curated at the Riverside Arts Center. (“Just between us,” she confided, “backless.”) Sensemann says “Fabulous!” had its origins in a qualm artist David […]

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SNIPs Series

SNIPS SERIES, Running With Scissors, at Link’s Hall. In this series devoted to works in progress, actors have their scripts in hand and instructions are given from just offstage in midperformance. This approach lends an aura of discovery to the festival, which has three lineups each weekend through March 28. In this public incubator process […]

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European Union Film Festival

The seventh annual European Union Film Festival continues Friday through Thursday, March 19 through 25, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members; for more information call 312-846-2800. All films will be screened in 35-millimeter, and films marked with an * are highly recommended. FRIDAY, MARCH […]

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Francisco Lopez

Most of Francisco Lopez’s CDs are packaged in clear slimline cases and come without recording information or titles. It’s not because he’s on a budget: the Spaniard insists that his pieces are pure sonic experience, free of any larger meaning: “I want to be flowing inside the sound instead of listening to it,” he’s said. […]

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The Point of the Passion

I’m sorry, sir, but you [Jonathan Rosenbaum] obviously didn’t understand this film [“The Passion of the Christ,” Section Two; March 5]. It was not created to emphasize the Lord’s healing of people physically by way of miracles, or instructing people on how to love each other through sermons. This film was produced to show the […]

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Speaking in Tongues

SPEAKING IN TONGUES, Famous Door Theatre Company, at Theatre Building Chicago. Mickey Mouse observed that it’s a small world after all. Speaking in Tongues adds that it’s a tawdry one, too. In the first half of this 1996 script–later reworked for the film Lantana–Andrew Bovell introduces us to a pair of middle-aged couples in a […]