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Brave and Bold

Dear editors, Kudos to you for running the Richard Meltzer piece “Mommy and Me” [October 24]. I rarely read your lead stories, but this one was impossible to resist. And in my humble opinion, it’s the bravest thing you’ve done in ages. Mitch Myers A writer from Rogers Park

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Too Polite to Bite

Sunday Double Header at Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio disOriented Stir-Friday Night! at the Raven Theatre Turn on Late Night With Conan O’Brien or Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show and you’ll see comic actors trained at Second City or ImprovOlympic or the Annoyance. Many take the tradition-bound Second City approach a step further, […]

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Polish Film Festival in America

The 15th annual Polish Film Festival in America, produced by the Society for Arts, continues Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 16. Unless otherwise noted, films are screened from 35-millimeter prints and tickets are $9 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Films are projected […]

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Music Notes: the new face of the CSO

Vadim Karpinos’s one-bedroom South Loop apartment is stocked with enough entertainment to satisfy any high schooler. Beavis and Butt-head DVDs, PlayStation games, and techno CDs are scattered on the floor. His stereo system is impressively tricked out, with expensive speakers and surround sound. A small basketball hoop is fixed to a closet door that barely […]

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Enough Static

Dear City File [October 24]: There are 35 “educational” and “other/independent” radio stations, and only 31 owned by media giants in the Chicago area, ergo: what media monopoly? Well, sure. Adlai Stevenson High School has a radio station, and so does the Tribune Company. And I’m sure Adlai Stevenson H.S. has a newspaper too, which […]

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This touring program of international digital video runs Friday through Sunday, November 7 through 9, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets are $10, $12 at the door; an $85 pass admits you to all screenings. For more information call 312-397-4010. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Short videos, program one From Austria, Virgil Widrich’s astounding animation Fast […]

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Elephant **** (Masterpiece) Directed and written by Gus Van Sant With Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson, Elias McConnell, Jordan Taylor, Carrie Finklea, Nicole George, Brittany Mountain, Bennie Dixon, Nathan Tyson, Alicia Miles, Kristen Hicks, Timothy Bottoms, and Matt Malloy. Gus Van Sant’s startling and brilliant Elephant–a film that follows the activities of several high […]

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“This band has no future”: I forget whether it was Beavis or Butt-head who said that in 1993, apropos of the video for Ween’s breakout single, “Push th’ Little Daisies.” Either way, it was a bad call–what the insanely versatile songwriting team of Gene and Dean Ween (aka Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo of New […]