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Nick Bisesi Quartet

Gemini (Blujazz), the new album from local saxophonist Nick Bisesi, is exactly what you’d expect given his background: eclectic, rhythmically intense, and sweating blues and funk. Bisesi studied in the 80s with early Chicago avant-gardist Joe Daley and later with Dave Liebman, a Coltrane adept, soprano-sax maven, and alumnus of Miles Davis’s electric band. Since […]

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Chicago Underground Film Festival

The 12th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival continues through Thursday, August 25, at the Music Box. Tickets are $8; a discount card, redeemable for ten tickets at the box office, can be purchased by calling 866-468-3401. For more information visit FRIDAY 19 Around These Parts A program of documentary shorts. 76 min. (5:45 PM) […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve always heard that baldness in males is inherited from their mother’s father. However, I’ve seen plenty of families where the father is bald, the mother’s father has plenty of hair, and the kid is bald. So, what’s the scoop on inheriting baldness? –Debbie Brown, via e-mail Your note arrived more than a year ago, […]

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Charlemagne, Super Eights

This is the first Chicago show put together by the Wisconsin Pop Explosion, a collective of Madison-area bands with a serious arts-and-crafts bent. Since forming in January they’ve put out a stack of handmade singles and staged themed concerts complete with pinatas, cupcakes, and onstage knitting–that last quirk a hallmark of live shows by headliners […]

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As pop concepts go, a slicked-up My Bloody Valentine with audible lyrics and pushy drums wasn’t a sure bet for success–not even in 1995, not even with trip-hop fillips, not even with Shirley Manson in a miniskirt. Still, Garbage’s shiny, nasty stomps must’ve seemed at least plausible as a mainstream gambit for Geffen, considering that […]

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Common Wealth

The Film Center launches a two-week retrospective on Spanish troublemaker Alex de la Iglesia with this accomplished black comedy (2000) about greed, murder, and being a good neighbor. An aggressive real estate agent (Carmen Maura) discovers a fortune hidden under the floor tiles of a dead man’s flat, but she’s unable to remove it from […]

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Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival

The Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival features performances at Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island at Burnham Harbor. Tickets are $29.50; for more information call 312-540-2667. SATURDAY 20 1:45 Alternate Routes 2:15 Small Town Workers 2:55 As Fast As 3:35 Ludo 4:15 Southland 4:55 Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers 5:35 State Radio 6:15 Michael Tolcher […]