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Other People’s Stuff

The online Chicago Freecycle Network connects people who are getting rid of things to people who want them, with the goal of cutting down on trash and waste. Popular items include dishes,clothing, furniture, appliances, and electronics, but nothing’s too big or small, as long as it’s in good shape. With almost 11,000 Chicago-area members, the […]

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Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson, a student of Claudio Arrau, entered the Juilliard School at 13, and in 1970, at 22, he became the first American to win the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He’s probably best known for his Chopin–he’s recorded the complete works–but last year in Switzerland he performed all 32 Beethoven sonatas, a monumental […]

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Savage Love

I’m writing regarding Frigid Frustrated Fool. My problem is hairiness, too: I’m crazy about hairy women! I will stare in rapt lust at a woman’s hairy armpit in public. While FFF sounded too self-pitying to be hot, thoughts of her hairiness moved me to engage in hand-to-gland combat. My question: where can I find my […]

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Timothy Gilfoyle

The story of Millennium Park, as told by Loyola historian Timothy J. Gilfoyle in Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark (University of Chicago Press), is three uplifting tales in one: the site, up from the lake and the post-Fire rubble; the politics, up from a landfill’s worth of failed plans; and the culture, up from […]

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The Pull Toy (and His Paisan)

The cutting-edge Collaboraction company makes a mystifying move with this high school nostalgia piece by Robert McEwen. The script, an ultraslight refugee from the Happy Days rejection pile, has a straight-arrow school principal on the trail of a football squad thug who’s brutalized a nerd in a homophobia-charged locker-room encounter. Justice, official and otherwise, prevails; […]

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The Treatment

Friday 16 DIAGRAM-A Diagram-A is Providence-based noise artist Dan Greenwood, who builds apocalyptic-looking sound-making devices out of detritus like industrial surplus telephones, a flak jacket laden with switch boxes, and a gas mask vomiting ropes of copper-wire robot guts. One track from an RRRecords CD-R released a few years back sounds like a radio communication […]

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Protect Your Pooch

Hello, I just read this story [“This Sidewalk Could Kill Your Dog,” June 9] and was horrified thinking that that could have been me and my dog. (I used to live on Addison/Pine Grove.) If or when something like this occurs, what are ways to help my dog? And is there anything preventative to protect […]

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Paquito D’Rivera

Anyone who’s heard Paquito D’Rivera even once knows about his explosive virtuosity: on both clarinet and alto sax the Cuban emigre boasts consummate technique, infused with the jumpy, mercurial fervor that defines so much Cuban jazz. Folks who’ve heard him a few times know about his lively and endearing sense of humor–a trait that also […]

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Body Language

Live Bait’s 11th annual Fillet of Solo Festival opens with this Tellin’ Tales Theatre showcase of monologues about the ways our bodies disappoint us, thrill us, and expose us to the admiration or condemnation of others. These are gorgeous stories, eloquently told, full of life, humor, and gentle insights. The standout is Maia Morgan’s philosophical, […]

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Swell Swap

I want to thank all the people who thought up, organized, and worked at the Reader’s book swap at the Hideout [June 1]. It was an inspired event. Perfect for people who love books and “dive bars.” I finally had a chance to go to the cool little bar I always see as I take […]