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Too Much Meat

Why did you even bother with the piece “Green Plate Specials: Raters’ favorite vegetarian-friendly spots” [Restaurants, April 8]? Thirty-four restaurants were reviewed, of which only 4 are actual vegetarian-only restaurants. Including those 4–which by definition don’t have any nonvegetarian entrees to reference–only 6 of the 34 reviews confine themselves to describing the vegetarian possibilities available. […]

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

This energetic hour-long show by the House Theatre of Chicago and Emerald City Theatre Company combines inventive theatricality with an entertaining, unpretentious approach to children’s theater. House resident playwright Phillip C. Klapperich creates a new story for Goethe’s characters, including the relentless broom, made famous by Disney: a plucky apprentice sets off in search of […]

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The Straight Dope

I just watched Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, which I thought was pretty good until somebody’s eye got knocked out of their head. Literally. Has this ever really happened in football? If not, it seems gratuitous to have put this scene in the film. If so–GRROOOOOSSSSSS!!! –Morbidly Curious in Maine Certain parties are now thinking: […]

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Gotcha!

Dear Ben Tausig and his proofreaders, This was a test, right? To see if we’re paying attention? The answers to this week’s Inkwell [“Super Groups,” April 8] are in the Reader from last week [April 1] and the answers to “Deductive Reasoning” [March 25], which should have been in April 1’s issue, are MIA. Alison […]

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International Pop Overthrow

The fourth annual International Pop Overthrow features nightly band showcases through Sun 5/1. Cover charges vary from $6-$8. For more information, see www.international popoverthrow.com. FRIDAY 15 7:30 PM Ted Ansani Project, Sketch Middle, Kelly’s Heels, Valley Downs, Bradburys, Swinger, Quiet Kid, Freak City Soundtrack Beat Kitchen | 2100 W. Belmont | 773-281-4444 SATURDAY 16 1:30 […]

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Off by a Degree

Dear Reader editor, Tori Marlan wrote a moving article about the struggle of Detra W. and her family [“Prisoner of the Past,” April 8], but she made one error about Detra’s life today by stating that “she’s finishing up her GED.” In a few weeks Detra will actually walk across a stage to receive her […]

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Chris Stamey Experience

After releasing Travels in the South last June, Chris Stamey–the pop auteur best known as coleader of quirky trailblazers the dB’s–spent an August weekend jamming with his old Hoboken friends Yo La Tengo and improv keyboardist Tyson Rogers. Though they’d planned to cut just a few songs, by the end of the session they had […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The 21st Chicago Latino Film Festival continues Friday through Thursday, April 15 through 21, at Chicago State Univ., 9501 S. King Dr.; Dominican Univ., 7900 W. Division, River Forest; Facets Cinematheque; Pipers Alley; Landmark’s Century Centre; Morton College, 3801 S. Central, Cicero; North Park Univ., 3225 W. Foster; Northwestern Univ. Thorne Auditorium; Richard J. Daley […]

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Pesky Facts

My review of Fever Pitch [April 8] should have stated that the movie version of Nick Hornby’s How to Be Good is in development, not in production, and that the character played by Woody Harrelson was the one who drank bull semen in the movie Kingpin. J.R. Jones

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Superfluous

The two writer-performers of Around the Corner Productions say in a program note that their sketch show, focused on characters “with extreme perspectives and traits,” explores “thoughts and emotions that many of us have but don’t allow ourselves to fully experience.” Maybe that’s because these thoughts and feelings are pretty ugly. Still, these perspectives can […]

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Caleb Johnston, Sejayno

Baltimore pipe-organ repairman Caleb Johnston is touring with an organ of his own devising, reverse engineered from several vacuum cleaners, and he plays it like a little kid abusing a thrift-store Casio, leaning heavily on a few keys or absentmindedly wandering over them all. He performs in incomplete sentences–you get the feeling he’d be spinning […]