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What’s Urdu for “We’re Sorry”?

Dear editor, I have long respected the voice of the people that is expressed through your offices. Not every publication has achieved this status. My objection is toward the headline on the October 10 issue. In big bold letters the newspaper screamed, “What’s Urdu for ‘We’re Screwed’?” Urdu being my native language, I was drawn […]

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SOFA Chicago 2003

The tenth annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art brings 90-some dealers in ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and other three-dimensional media to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand, Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 11 to 8, and Sunday, October 19, noon to 6. A series of lectures takes place Friday and […]

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TRG Music Listings

ROCK, POP, ETC. includes hip-hop, funk, reggae, zydeco, cabaret, contemporary R&B, and some international pop. DANCE includes techno, house, electronica, ambient, and disco. FOLK & COUNTRY includes bluegrass and traditional Irish music. BLUES, GOSPEL, R&B includes traditional rhythm and blues, boogie-woogie, and deep soul. JAZZ includes ragtime, swing, and fusion. INTERNATIONAL includes Indian classical music, […]

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Cuttings

Cuttings, Stage Left Theatre. As the first act of David Rush’s new play concludes, convicted child molester Paul is headed for southern Indiana driving a stolen car on an expired license with Gregory, an underage hustler. Gregory has learned to enjoy assisting Paul with his regular “game,” slicing his own flesh for sexual gratification. The […]

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Spiritualized

Livin’ Lovin’ Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers (Universal South) Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys at the Old Town School of Folk Music, October 5 Livin’ Lovin’ Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers is the worst sort of tribute album: a casual listener will likely come away from it wondering why all the […]

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Lasse Marhaug

Norwegian sound artist Lasse Marhaug got his start in the mid-90s as part of the international noise underground, releasing dozens of hard-to-find cassettes produced with effects pedals and cheap tape recorders. His stuff was harsh, loud, and violent, with no regard for melody or rhythm. But that’s changed quite a bit since he started Jazzkammer […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In September an LA Weekly writer spent several days at Disneyland with Benji Breitbart, Doug Marsh, and other “Disneyana enthusiasts,” all of whom visit the park five or six times a week. (One woman, whose special obsession is the Indiana Jones Adventure, received a crystal bowl from its staff to commemorate her 1,000th […]

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Dancing in the Dust

Unable to repay money he’s borrowed for a divorce, a young Iranian (Faramarz Gharibian) stows away in the back of a van driven by a taciturn snake hunter (Yousef Khodaparast in a masterful performance) and soon finds himself trapped in a terrifying desert landscape that recalls Erich von Stroheim’s Greed. This debut feature by Asghar […]

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The Alternative Universe

Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Rock Explosion of the 90’s by Jim DeRogatis (Da Capo) To Jim—Now It’s Your Turn. Best, Lester This brief inscription, scrawled across the inside cover of his quickie bio of Blondie, were Lester Bangs’s parting words to fledgling rock critic Jim DeRogatis. It was mid-April 1982, and the future […]

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Veritas

Veritas, My Naked Friends, at ImprovOlympic. Director Jimmy Carrane seems to have instilled an appreciation of Sanford Meisner’s acting techniques in this young ensemble: Veritas gels during the opening scene once the cast members develop their characters by recognizing and fleshing out their surroundings. It’s a risky approach, but it’s also invigorating to watch My […]