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Estrogen Fest

“Estrogen Fest 2005: Changing the Rules!” runs through 6/5 at the Storefront Theater in Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with Prop Thtr, this annual showcase of women’s performance features artists in the fields of theater, spoken word, poetry, dance, and music. […]

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Chicago Gospel Music Festival

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival features live performances on three Millennium Park stages: the Gospel Youth Tent (Randolph & Michigan), the Day Stage (Monroe & Michigan), and the Pritzker Pavilion (100 N. Michigan). For more information, call 312-744-3315. Friday 3 Gospel Youth Tent 4:09 Proviso East High School Drumline 4:20 McDade School Choir 4:35 Kipling […]

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Chocolate City

Chicago Chocolate Cafe 847 W. Randolph 312-738-0888 Growing up in South Bend, Indiana, Eric Moore looked forward to his traditional Christmas gift every year: Fannie May Mint Meltaways. He still has a soft spot for the brand. “Fannie May did a lot of things right,” he says. When its parent company, the Archibald Candy Corporation, […]

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Gang Gang Dance

No album I’ve heard this year has confounded me more than God’s Money (The Social Registry), the second album by Gang Gang Dance–and I mean that as high praise. The New York quartet feeds a battery of percussion, woozy synthesizers, and broadly ethnic-sounding female vocals into an early-80s avant-rock aesthetic. They started out using a […]

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Rock School

Engrossing and frequently hilarious, this documentary by Don Argott peeks inside the Paul Green School of Rock Music in downtown Philadelphia, an after-school program in which kids ages 9 through 17 are grouped into bands, assigned set lists, and propelled toward live performances. Green, who founded the school in 1998 and has watched its enrollment […]

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Words as Pictures

As an undergrad at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mark Booth tried to write poetry after smoking pot for the first time, and all his Rs came out backward. His mom told him he’d been diagnosed with mild dyslexia as a child, and that’s why he’d been in a special reading group in first […]