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MF Doom

Hip-hop antiheroes have pillaged the tropes of the comic-book heavy with a vengeance–maybe because both MC and archfiend traffic in outlaw charisma, eloquent scorn, and menacing aliases. Rap’s foremost evil genius remains the leering Dr. Octagon–Kool Keith’s splice of doctors Benway and Octopus–but if he’s got a rival, it’s MF Doom, aka Daniel Dumile, whose […]

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Roger Brown

Though he’s best known as a painter, Roger Brown produced three-dimensional pieces that expressed his saucy, often biting satiric views even better; that work is surveyed in this excellent retrospective at the Chicago Cultural Center. Brown famously preferred advertising to high art, and Galvanized Temple is both more solid looking than classical architecture and amusingly […]

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Tail Eats Snake

TAIL EATS SNAKE, Side Project, at the Side Studio. The title for this showcase of nine short plays comes from a gnostic symbol of nature’s renewal. But most of the writers–aiming for “a socio-political look at the passage of time and the patterns that emerge,” according to artistic director Adam Webster–focus on war, civil disorder, […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts ERIC BAILEY performs popular music from the 60s and 70s at the benefit “American Music in Vietnam,” which includes a buffet, commentary by author Robert Arnoldt, and a panel discussion by Vietnam veterans. Sun 8/22, 3 PM, courtyard, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, 1801 S. Indiana. 312-326-0270. EDDIE BARRETT & THE […]

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Sex, Cinema, and Politics: The Films of Bernardo Bertolucci

This 15-film retrospective of work by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci runs Friday, August 13, through Saturday, August 28, at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, 773-281-4114. Tickets are $9, $5 for Facets members. Following are the films scheduled for August 13 through 19; a full series schedule is available online at www.chicagoreader.com. Films marked with an […]

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Ralph Irizarry & Son Cafe

A veteran of Puerto Rico’s mighty El Gran Combo and bands led by Ray Barretto and Ruben Blades, timbales master Ralph Irizarry formed his first ensemble, Timbalaye, in the mid-90s. While the group’s arrangements, tunes, and extended solos are all squarely within the jazz tradition, you can still hear the influence of those juggernaut Latin […]

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Telefon Tel Aviv

The second of Hefty Records’ bimonthly Immediate Action nights at Sonotheque is an event of note for electronic music enthusiasts. Fresh off a lap around the European festival circuit, Telefon Tel Aviv anchors the bill; since the duo of Josh Eustis and Charles Cooper last played their adopted hometown (opening for Amon Tobin at the […]

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News of the Weird

Chuck Shepherd is on vacation. The following items are reprinted from the News of the Weird archives. Lead Story A police officer’s dream: In a police brutality lawsuit that went to trial in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1997, West Haven police officer Ralph Angelo claimed that the plaintiff, Vincent Morrissey, had provoked him by taking […]

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Kilt; Anatomy of Revenge

KILT, Bailiwick Repertory, and ANATOMY OF REVENGE, Bailiwick Repertory. Jonathan Wilson’s Kilt is the better of the two muddled, mediocre plays now onstage at Bailiwick. This dramedy about identity features a young gay man, Tom (Scot Carlson), who’s abandoned the family tradition of Scottish dancing but wears the kilt he inherited from his grandfather as […]

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Gary U.S. Bonds

Gary U.S. Bonds’s early-60s hits–“New Orleans,” the epic “Quarter to Three,” “Dear Lady Twist,” and a few others–exemplified the rock aesthetic at its most jubilantly unhinged. As the band brayed deliriously behind him, Bonds rasped, mewled, and bellowed tales of debauchery and lust, the rough production muddling his vocals to the point of semicoherence. Thankfully, […]