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Black Moth Super Rainbow

So gentle and lackadaisical they’re almost negligent, so special they’re almost retarded, Black Moth Super Rainbow reminds me of the days when people didn’t treat children so much like children–when kids could still poke their eyes out with weird sharp toys and choke on small bits of plastic. The band’s fizzy, mesmerizing synth tones shift […]

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500 Clown Macbeth

The folks in 500 Clown used to get a lot of mileage out of their willingness to do scary, daring things onstage–like defiling a play by the Bard. They still do. But in the four years since Molly Brennan, Adrian Danzig, and Paul Kalina started messing with Macbeth their flip, rebellious, silly parody has taken […]

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Datebook

JULY 30 FRIDAY Chicago Critical Mass is hoping to break its attendance record today by drawing more than 3,000 bike riders for the group’s monthly pedal through the city. Cyclists will meet at Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn in Chicago, at 5:30 PM, vote on a route, and take off on a ride that’ll run […]

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The Last Picture Show

Chicago Modern, 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New at the Terra Museum of American Art, through October 31 Oh, these rich folks and their money. On July 16 Millennium Park was born with a silver bean in its mouth, a testament to the power of John Bryan’s Rolodex. Is there something wrong with a handful of […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve heard a rumor that eating charred hot dogs or hamburgers (or anything else) cooked on a charcoal grill (not a gas grill) can cause cancer. Apparently there is a chemical reaction that takes place when the meat is burned. Have you heard anything supporting this? –Chad, via e-mail Always the way, ain’t it? It’s […]

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Allison Moorer

After making three terrific studio albums and a decent live recording for Universal’s Nashville division, Allison Moorer had very little to show for it–major-label publicity machines aren’t programmed to deal with idiosyncratic artistry like hers–so she negotiated her way out of her contract and inked a new deal with the indie Sugar Hill. Doyle Primm, […]

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Calendar

Friday 7/30 – Thursday 8/5 JULY 30 FRIDAY Chicago Critical Mass is hoping to break its attendance record today by drawing more than 3,000 bike riders for the group’s monthly pedal through the city. Cyclists will meet at Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn, at 5:30 PM, vote on a route, and take off on a […]

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Outfoxing the Film Industry

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism Directed by Robert Greenwald. DVDs are bringing about rapid and substantial changes in the way we consume movies, and in film culture itself. A case in point is Robert Greenwald’s Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, which premiered July 13 on DVD and video rather than in theaters. You […]

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Dollprov

DOLLPROV, pH Productions at Stage Left Theatre. The nonlinear logic that children use to make sense of the world can be endearing–when they’re your offspring. Otherwise kids at play aren’t all that exciting to watch, and neither are adults playing children, as Molly Hall and Tristan Tanner illustrate in their 30-minute long-form improv, Dollprov. The […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE with Amy Adams, Camile Velasco, Diana Degarmo, Fantasia Barrino, George Huff, Jasmine Trias, Jennifer Hudson, John Stevens, Jon Peter Lewis, LaToya London. Thu 8/5, 7 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-455-4500 or 312-559-1212. NICHOLAS BARRON’S HYPERACTIVE Free concert. Fri 8/6, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, […]