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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 […]

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Savage Love

I’m a 22-year-old female with a wonderful, caring 21-year-old boyfriend. While I’ve slept with more people than he has, none of my long-term relationships has lasted as long as his single previous relationship (we’ve been dating for nine months). I felt very grounded and secure in our relationship, and was ready to try new things […]

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Finger Food

Meztiso 710 N. Wells 312-274-9500 Tapas have always seemed slightly absurd: if I wanted food on a toothpick, I would go to the grocery store on Saturday morning and eat samples. So I was pleasantly surprised on “Toothpick Tuesday” at the Latin restaurant Meztiso when, almost as soon as we’d ordered a pitcher of sangria, […]

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[snip] “The idea that the United States is ‘an increasingly mobile society’ is an indestructible intellectual weed,” writes Alison Stein Wellner in Reason magazine. “In 2004 less than 14 percent of U.S. residents moved–the lowest figure since the Census Bureau began collecting the data in 1948, when the moving rate was 20 percent.” Most moves […]

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The Fall

The Fall was featured on John Peel’s radio show more than any other band, recording 24 sessions between 1978 and 2004. Mark E. Smith, the group’s lone constant, hired and fired more than 30 musicians during that time as he leapt fearlessly from postpunk to slick college rock to sleek disco to straight-up garage rock […]