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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: A Car Bomb, Al Capone, and a Dead Sportsman

Yesterday's Crimes: A Car Bomb, Al Capone, and a Dead Sportsman

Chicago-style gangland violence erupted in suburban San Mateo on the morning of Feb. 5, 1952 when Tom Keen started his brand new Cadillac. Once the engine turned over, the car exploded before Keen could even back out of his…
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Music, All Shook Down I Saw Chicago Last Night and Your Mom Is Probably Jealous

I Saw Chicago Last Night and Your Mom Is Probably Jealous

Chicago (in 2015) Earth Wind & Fire (in 2015) July 15, 2015 Concord Pavilion  A woman driving a large passenger van slows down next to me and shouts out of the window, "Need a ride?"   I'm sick of walking…
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Music, All Shook Down Little White Earbuds' Editor Steve Mizek Talks The Art of DJing, The State of Music Journalism, and More

Little White Earbuds' Editor Steve Mizek Talks The Art of DJing, The State of Music Journalism, and More

For a certain kind of listener, Little White Earbuds was one of the primary resources for underground electronic music for most of the mid-to-late aughts. It has since wound down its publishing schedule, but editor Steve Mizek now runs two Chicago-based record…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Still Good After All These Years: John O'Hurley Stars in "Chicago the Musical"

Still Good After All These Years: John O'Hurley Stars in "Chicago the Musical"

It's the musical that hardly needs an introduction (besides CATS). But in case you're not familiar with the show, the plot centers around prohibition-era criminals. Since its premiere in 1975, Chicago has played thousands of times, spawned a book…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art All You See Is Beauty: 4801 Third St.

All You See Is Beauty: 4801 Third St.

The Bayview is rich in street art that's political, historical, and altogether radical. And then there's Shawn Bullen's All You See Is Beauty, a frolicking work that went up in November at the corner of Oakdale Avenue and Third Street,…
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Culture, Stage Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Profane poetry and the art — or lack thereof — of the superior swindle are playwright David Mamet's domain. Whether you judge the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago native fearless or faulty, Mamet's ear for the rhythm and texture of lowlife American…
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Music, Hear This Veruca Salt: Show Preview

Veruca Salt: Show Preview

Once upon a time, in the 1990s, women ran amok with guitars and dominated the alt-rock landscape. A couple of these ladies — Nina Gordon and Louise Post — made up one half of the Chicago quartet Veruca Salt. These…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sex Files

Sex Files

There are those who love their fellow man and those who observe them, anatomizing and cataloguing their multifarious qualities. Erstwhile English professor turned pornographic fiction writer, tattoo artist, and sexual rebel Sam Steward was both, adventuring mightily in the…
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Culture, Art Outsiders: A New Exhibit Pulls Back the Shroud a Reclusive Artist Kept Over Her Photographs

Outsiders: A New Exhibit Pulls Back the Shroud a Reclusive Artist Kept Over Her Photographs

In the fall of 1972, the landlord of a Chicago apartment building entered the second-floor room of an elderly tenant named Henry Darger. Recently hospitalized, Darger was a recluse who had worked much of his life as a custodian and…
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Music, Hear This Sidewalk Chalk: Show Preview

Sidewalk Chalk: Show Preview

Sidewalk Chalk is an eight-piece Chicago ensemble that plays a combination of hip-hop and soul. Its laid-back, jazzy approach — horns, keys, soulful singing, unforced rapping — could easily have fit in with '90s-era groups like Digable Planets, but those…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Palace for Queens

A Palace for Queens

In 1972, Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of CalArts' Feminist Art Program, turned a dilapidated Hollywood mansion into "Womanhouse," a space transformed by the creations of nearly 30 young female artists. On the first day, the exhibit was…
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Dining, Eat Los Shucos: Gut-Busting Hot Dogs in the Mission

Los Shucos: Gut-Busting Hot Dogs in the Mission

Whether or not hot dogs turn out to be the next It thing to get (re)discovered, everyone should make haste to the Mission to try one at Los Shucos. After becoming hugely popular in Guatemala after hot dogs first became…
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Music, Hear This Bottomless Pit: Show Preview

Bottomless Pit: Show Preview

Chicago quartet Bottomless Pit is the beautiful unsmiling creature that grew itself out of the ashes of the exemplary American indie-rock band Silkworm. The Pit is an agile and fitful beast, all ruminative gloom one moment and, well, anthemic gloom…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Savoring $100 Worth of Pappy Van Winkle at Hard Water

Distillations: Savoring $100 Worth of Pappy Van Winkle at Hard Water

I walked into Hard Water, near the Ferry Building, on a quiet night. It looks like what you'd get if you crossed an old-time distillery with a New Wave seafood restaurant. I sat down at the horseshoe bar with the…
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Culture, Stage New World, Old World: Two Plays Shed Light on the Future of Theater

New World, Old World: Two Plays Shed Light on the Future of Theater

To any who suggest that theater is an irrelevant, dying art form (as naysayers have done for hundreds of years), consider the San Francisco Neo-Futurists. This troupe just opened Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind in an open-ended…
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News, The Snitch Yes, We Negotiate With Terrorists: DEA Cut Deal With Sinaloa Cartel

Yes, We Negotiate With Terrorists: DEA Cut Deal With Sinaloa Cartel

Today's big news is courtesy of Mexican newspaper El Universal, which brings us the bombshell that American Drug Enforcement Agency agents cut a clandestine deal with the biggest drug dealer in the world. In exchange for info on other cartels,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Too Much Write Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Write Makes the Baby Go Blind

The Neo-Futurists have been performing "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" in Chicago every weekend for more than 25 years. The show, which opened up shop in S.F. at the end of last year, features 30 short…
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Calendar, Night&Day Too Much Write Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Write Makes the Baby Go Blind

The Neo-Futurists have been performing "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" in Chicago every weekend for more than 25 years. The show, which opened up shop in S.F. at the end of last year, features 30 short…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle We rounded up the 10 best Bay Area metal albums of 2013, and it wasn't all about Deafheaven — though their breakthrough was arguably the biggest S.F. success story of the year. If you missed Hot Lunch, Vhöl, Grayceon,…
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Film, "Inside Llewyn Davis": The Coen Brothers Sing the Ballad of the New York Folkie Movement

"Inside Llewyn Davis": The Coen Brothers Sing the Ballad of the New York Folkie Movement

Given its title and its makers, the Coen brothers' new movie might conceivably be a 105-minute proctology joke, but actually it's an incisive, melancholy drama, with some funny bits, about the burgeoning folk-music scene in early-1960s New York. (The very…
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