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Harold Lloyd: The Man on the Clock

Presented by the Music Box and the Silent Film Society of Chicago, this series of double features ($10.50 admission) showcases new prints from the silent and early sound career of slapstick master Harold Lloyd. Screenings are Friday through Thursday, July 1 through 7, at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, and all silent programs feature […]

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Savage Love

Not long ago, a certain woman went from being my brother’s fuck buddy to being his girlfriend. From what I can tell, she’s GGG (or maybe he is) and they have a creative sex life. I’m in my mid-30s; my brother and his girlfriend are in their early 40s. So here I am, finding this […]

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[snip] Back when the Supreme Court was a force for good. Princeton University economist Orley Ashenfelter and colleagues evaluate the impact of Brown v. Board of Education in a National Bureau of Economic Research paper: “When we examine the income of male workers in 1990, we find that southern-born blacks who finished their schooling just […]

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Queen Lucia

In the first of the 1920s Lucia books, British humorist E.F. Benson pits his childish, snobbish heroine–Emmeline “Lucia” Lucas, undisputed queen of culture in the little village of Riseholme–against a far superior outsider. When opera singer Olga Bracely moves to town, she unwittingly steals the spotlight from Lucia, sparking an epic battle between the two. […]

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The Taming of the Shrew

First Folio Shakespeare Festival sets its outdoor production in an 1890s Colorado mining town. While I have to confess that the silly “Wild West Shrew” concept bugs me, the company deserves credit for maximizing the setting’s comic potential. There are some rewardingly goofy antics with a stuffed squirrel and some rich supporting characters, especially Ronald […]

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Make Believe, The Narrator

The members of the local quartet THE NARRATOR–vocalists-guitarists Sam Axelrod and Jesse Woghin, bassist James Barron, and drummer Nate Heneghan–clearly draw inspiration from Chicago’s post-rock and emo scenes, but they skillfully avoid the wankiness and the melodrama that can make those subgenres so tiresome. A 2003 single and an explosive 2004 EP, Youth City Fire, […]

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Taste of Chicago

In addition to all that food, Taste of Chicago features music on several Grant Park stages: the Fox Bandstand (Jackson & Lake Shore Dr.), the Fun Time Stage (Michigan & Balbo), the Taste Stage (Columbus & Jackson), and the Petrillo Music Shell. For more information, call 312-744-3315. THURSDAY 30 Fox Bandstand 11:30 Janesville 2:00 Rob […]