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Anthony Bourdain

Books about food, I’ve started to believe, are really self-help books in disguise–primers on personal growth for those who wouldn’t be caught dead with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Each maps a path to happiness: master every challenge, cherish your friends, trust your instincts, respect the natural world. Reading Anthony Bourdain, one message […]

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The Straight Dope

My aunt recently died. When I asked about the funeral details, I was told that there would be no graveside service because my aunt had donated her body to science. Nobody seemed to know much more, so I turn to you. How do you donate your body to science? Who wants it and what do […]

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Can You Spot Me?

Sandbox Theatre Project’s site-specific comedy features eccentric characters, over-the-top scenarios, and everyday gym members going through their daily routines. Written by director Justin D.M. Palmer and actors Cliff Chamberlain and Chelsea Cutler, the show makes a pertinent point about our insularity even in social environments. Brightly funny, Can You Spot Me? also exploits the comic […]

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Norway.Today

The musical “Springtime for Hitler” is supposed to be a stretch, but this romantic comedy is not: Swiss playwright Igor Bauersima based his glib, cloying play on the true story of two teenagers who met in a chat room and agreed to commit suicide together. Inexplicably, his 2000 work has achieved international success. Chatty, spunky […]

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Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival

This touring program runs Friday through Thursday, May 26 through June 1. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are by video projection at Facets Cinematheque, and tickets are $9, $5 for members. For more information call 773-281-4114 or visit www.facets.org. The Education of Shelby Knox Filmmakers Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt chronicle the three-year struggle of […]

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon 2104 W. Roscoe 773-281-2466 When Hanger 18 relocated to Lincoln Square last year, the heart of Roscoe Village, between Damen and Western, lost its only new-clothing boutique. That void was filled in April when Emily Helfrich, a former elementary school social worker, opened Cinnamon, offering cute, colorful clothes in a pretty cream-and-cranberry-colored space. Helfrich […]

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Aki Onda

As a founding member of Audio Sports–an oddball hip-hop trio with Boredoms ringleader Yamatsuka Eye and producer Nobukazu Takemura–Japanese-born producer Aki Onda crafted masterful sampladelia that showed off his striking facility with modern electronics. But his recent solo work draws on more primitive technology. Since the 80s Onda has used a simple cassette recorder to […]

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Do the Math

Dear editor: There were many errors in Ben Joravsky’s article on the defeat of the 7 percent assessment cap extension [The Works, May 12], both in terms of how property taxes are calculated in Cook County and the impact of the temporary 7 percent assessment cap. As a property tax attorney, I know all too […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In April staff at a 7-Eleven in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, finally confronted a 70-year-old man who’d made a daily habit of standing in the store for hours reading magazines without ever buying any. According to an Agence France-Presse dispatch, the man left when ordered out but soon returned, allegedly waving a […]

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The Good Thief

Conor McPherson’s 1994 one-act monologue is delivered by a petty criminal whose attempt to scare a local merchant for a Dublin crime boss spins wildly, violently out of control. The playwright clearly wants us to both pity and scorn this foolish man, who nearly pays for his bad luck with his life, so The Good […]

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The Drinking & Writing Brewery’s Festivus Veisalgia

Neo-Futurists Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda continue their examination/celebration of the hard-drinking writer archetype–equal parts romantic fancy, morbid fetish, and scholarly pursuit. Their original 2002 Drinking & Writing, a modest survey of legendary lit-scene lushes combined with first-person accounts of bouts with the bottle, has spawned sequels, a touring production, and a radio show. They’ve […]