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Goin’ to a Powwow

Martha Dunham Matyas Schingoethe was born in Aurora on February 27, 1919, a dozen years after her father, Thomas Dunham, founded the Equipto company, which made steel shelving and other industrial storage products. After graduating from Wheaton College, she joined the family business, where she continued to work for more than 60 years, eventually becoming […]

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

Guitarist Makoto Kawabata, hirsute helmsman of Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., once titled a reissue series of his own early work “Learning From the Past.” That could just as easily be AMT’s motto: this nine-year-old band from Nagoya, Japan, has amassed a ridiculously cluttered catalog (45 entries, not including side projects and […]

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Harris Eisenstadt

In late 2002 Harris Eisenstadt spent a couple months studying with traditional Mandinka percussionists in Gambia and became fascinated by the horn-and-drum music he heard there. Rather than assign the melody to a lead voice, the Gambian ensembles–made up mostly of single-pitched bone, wood, or metal instruments–use a technique called hocketing: several musicians trade notes […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A Swedish businessman complained last month that a regional environmental court in the county of Jamtland had denied him permission to start a tourist business searching for the eggs of the legendary Storsjoodjuret, a monster reputed to live in the waters of Lake Storsjon and often described as having a long serpentlike body […]

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Dead Prez

With the obvious exception of the Coup, it’s hard to think of a hip-hop act more militant than the New York duo of and M-1, otherwise known as Dead Prez. In a recent online interview for Vibe, answered a question about what whites could do to help black people: “If you white, and […]

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SINGlE.DATING.MARRIED?, C’est la Vie Drama, at Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. Amanda Stever and R.E. Howard’s 75-minute play addresses no serious social questions, investigates no devastating personal conflicts. It doesn’t even hint at the “divorced” or “widowed” who might be part of its title. Instead two rich, white, heterosexual, brand-conscious, self-absorbed young men meet […]