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An Albatross

Anyone who wants to weigh in on An Albatross’s latest record, Blessphemy (of the Peace Beast Feastgiver and the Bear Warp Kumite) (Ace Fu), probably ought to sit with it for a while before proclaiming it absolutely fucking insane. Because it sounds that way, but really, it isn’t. If you define insanity as doing the […]

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Joan of Arc, Our Brother the Native

The title of Joan of Arc’s recent odds-and-sods collection, The Intelligent Design of Joan of Arc (Polyvinyl), is more than just a creationism joke–it’s a fitting statement on a stylistically erratic career that’s covered everything from post-emo rock to abstract electronics to elliptical singer-songwriter territory. But the group’s newest, Eventually, All at Once (Record Label), […]

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“Reheated Fundamentalism”

Andrew Marin [“His God Doesn’t Hate Fags,” August 18] claims that it would be “theologically sloppy” to hold that homosexuality is not sinful. I suggest the theological sloppiness centers in defending biblical literalism itself. Because the Bible says so little about homosexuality in only a few short, scattered references, perhaps masturbation is a better test […]

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Advice for Recyclers

Mick, I was very interested in your waste-disposal article a couple of weeks ago [“The Awful Truth about Recycling in Chicago,” July 21] and had a quick question. Could you think of an organization or Web site where I could verify that my condo’s recycling/waste-disposal program actually does what it says it does? A sort […]

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The Straight Dope

Popular opinion holds that gasoline is unstable and lasts six months at the most; some claim it loses its “edge” after as little as two weeks. Practical experience seems to show that gasoline can be stored without special precautions for years with no noticeable deterioration. Storage conditions are supposed to make a huge difference, but […]

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How to Hide Your Sources

I found it ironic that Michael Miner’s column [Hot Type, August 11] about journalists’ poor showing in the honored profession category was so well illustrated in Ben Joravsky’s continuing rant about TIFs [The Works] in the same edition. In quoting “one county official,” Joravsky defended the lack of that official’s name by saying the quote […]

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Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival features performances at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington), at Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan), and on three stages in Grant Park: the Jazz on Jackson Stage (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), the Jazz & Heritage Stage (Columbus and Congress), and the Petrillo Music Shell. Tickets for […]

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Ouest

Ouest 1063 W. Madison 312-421-2799 American women are always trying to suss out the secret of French style. Many imagine it’s inaccessible to the likes of us, a collective memory built by generations of women passing down carefully guarded sartorial techniques to their daughters. But one obvious aspect of Gallic chic is the understanding that […]

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Gay Takes Time

Dear Reader, I’m feeling a little sickened by your cover story of the fundamentalist Andrew Marin in your story “His God Doesn’t Hate Fags” [August 18]. While Mr. Marin concedes that “in his heart” he does not approve of homosexuality, is this not passing judgment? Even worse is his ex-gay rhetoric, “when it comes to […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Rob Moodie, a prominent lawyer and former police union official in Wellington, New Zealand, arrived at a July hearing wearing a navy blue two-piece skirt suit, a blue-and-white blouse, stockings (over unshaven legs), and a diamond brooch. The 67-year-old Moodie, a married father of three with a bald head and a gray mustache, […]

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Boynton Beach Club

Set at a Florida retirement community and focusing on a local “bereavement club,” this funny, nervy, and pointedly unrated geriatric sex comedy is both enhanced and occasionally limited by being targeted at baby boomers. The sound track abounds with golden oldies (“Love and Marriage,” “Papa Loves Mambo”), the story culminates in a sock hop, and […]

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Give Dad His Due

Dear Ms. Armstong, I would just like to say I think you are a wonderful writer–I truly enjoyed reading your article about my father [Chicago Antisocial, July 7]–it was quite entertaining even though a lot of stuff was totally inaccurate and out of context! You made my father seem like a total creep in your […]