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Meaningless

MEANINGLESS, Bailiwick Repertory. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s play, winner of Bailiwick’s young playwrights contest, is entertaining despite its evidence of inexperience. Nachtrieb aims to give a Gen-X perspective to the story of a young gay man who graduates from college in the late 90s and moves with his lesbian best friend to San Francisco. The dot-com […]

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As You Like It

AS YOU LIKE IT, Velvet Willies, at the Chopin Theatre. There’s no getting around it: Shakespeare’s comedies are too long for contemporary audiences. And traditional palliatives–updates, revisionist readings–often do more harm than good. So it’s heartening to see the Velvet Willies straightforwardly attack the gayest play since gay came to Stratford-on-Gayvon, focusing on the play’s […]

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Felix da Housecat

If you like weirdos as a general rule, you know that the occasional appalling tangent comes with the territory. Chicago house producer Felix Stallings Jr., aka Felix da Housecat–definitely one of the dance scene’s biggest weirdos–hasn’t done anything that extreme on his new record, Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever (Emperor Norton), but it’s still […]

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Caught in the Net

Session Start (AIM – wluwdj:wnurdj): wluwdj: hey, play some simple plan! wnurdj: whassup to WLUW! wnurdj: what are you guys playin tonite wluwdj: simple plan! wnurdj: who the fuck is simple plan! wluwdj: only the best punk rawk band EVER! wnurdj: holy christ wnurdj: you guys have your punk show tonight, that’s right wnurdj: i […]

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City File

In a sentence. Alice Camille, writing in U.S. Catholic (August): “The deadliest sin in America is probably avarice, but it’s also the least confessed according to every priest I’ve ever talked to.” “My wealth is not only a product of my own hard work,” successful software entrepreneur Martin Rothenberg (Syracuse Language Systems) is quoted as […]

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Datebook

SEPTEMBER 3 FRIDAY When the Illinois Storytelling Festival pulled the plug on its fall event this year for lack of funds, Palatine’s plucky Wood Street Theater Company jumped in to fill the void. They’ve set up an ambitious nine-performance schedule for Palatine’s first Storytelling Festival, including workshops, sing-alongs, improv sessions, and open mikes together with […]

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Teenage Wasteland

To the editors: More than punk is dead [“Punk Is Dead! Long Live Punk!” August 20]. Starting with the first paragraph (arguably the piece’s best moment), Jessica Hopper renders in flawless fashion the peculiarly postprandial esprit de corps of a youth culture which has itself been consumed by its own appetites for consumption. Two moments […]