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Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Redfield Jamison, a MacArthur “genius” fellow and an authority on manic depression and mood disorders, has built much of her reputation on explorations of the dark mysteries of the human temperament: melancholia, psychosis, suicide. But with Exuberance: The Passion for Life she’s decided to lighten up a bit. This “abounding, ebullient, effervescent emotion” is, […]

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KudLL PuNk

Three guys get together one night and smoke dope, talk about their favorite bands, and play practical jokes on one another. They also bake cookies, sing Indigo Girls songs, and whine about their periods. When a delivery boy arrives with pizza, one of the three identifies him as a rapist and attacks him. After things […]

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Single File: A Festival of Solo Performance

This third annual showcase of one-person performances, featuring more than 30 pieces, runs through 10/10 at the Athenaeum Theatre, third-floor studio, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets are $15 per show; “all access” passes cost $90. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 312-902-1500 or logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; single-show tickets are also available at the […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories A 43-year-old Catholic priest and a 26-year-old nun were given six-month suspended sentences in July after police caught them having sex in a Toyota Corolla parked at Lilongwe International Airport in Malawi. And in Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria, in August, police raided the headquarters of the Yan-Gwagwarmaya, an Islamic sect whose practices diverge widely […]

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

EXTRA! EXTRA! Female journalist, girlfriend to a hip-hop performer, bashes the entire Warped Tour, except for the hip-hop performers [“Punk Is Dead! Long Live Punk!” August 20]! Dedicating only one sentence to great causes like PunkVoter.com, PETA, and the Syrentha Savio Endowment (breast cancer awareness), and not even mentioning the female-empowering Girlz Garage; the fact […]

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Butchies

Pop punk is a pretty ubiquitous commodity these days, but this trio from Durham, North Carolina, delivers it with a controlled urgency. Singer and guitarist Kaia Wilson (formerly of groundbreaking Portland dyke-punk band Team Dresch, as is drummer Melissa York) has a frankly pretty voice that starts high and frays into a squeal when she […]

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StarF**ker

The new Revolution Theatre Company aims to comment on our media-saturated, self-absorbed culture, but this unoriginal, underwritten play doesn’t do it very well. Jill Campbell’s script centers on a young woman unable to distinguish between her fantasies about a British film star and her few real-life encounters with the cad. That the audience also can’t […]