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Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day: "Losing the War"

Posted By on 05.31.10 at 03:45 PM

His father opened his mouth to answer — and then his jaw worked, his face reddened, and, without saying a word, he got up and walked out of the room. That's the truth about the war: the sense that what happened over there simply can't be told in the language of peace.

It's sort of a Memorial Day tradition for me to remind you to read Lee Sandlin's "Losing the War," an essay that originally appeared in two parts in the Reader. An abridged version appeared on This American Life.

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5/31: Free Hum Reunion Show at Millennium Park

Posted By on 05.31.10 at 02:43 PM

Shoegazy, beloved downstate alt-rock veterans Hum play a free show at 6:30pm tonight in Millennium Park. Here's video of them back when they/we/Conan was/were young.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Sunday 5/30

Posted By on 05.30.10 at 01:16 PM

Eleventh Dream Day
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Show: Eleventh Dream Day "In advance of the sessions for what's scheduled to be their first album in five years, Eleventh Dream Day have been stoking the fires by playing the same ten new songs (and a shifting selection of oldies) at the Hideout almost every Sunday this month," writes Bill Meyer. "Tonight's concert, the fourth and last in the series, should be one for the ages."

8:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401,, $8.

Dinner: The Southern The former Chaise Lounge is now the Southern, a more casual bar and restaurant featuring the regional cuisine of chef Cary Taylor (Blackbird, Ambria, Avenues).

1840 W. North Ave., 773-342-1840,

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saki Grand Opening: White Mystery, DJ Ken Vandermark & More

Posted By on 05.29.10 at 02:16 PM

Saki (3716 W. Fullerton Ave.), one of two new Logan Square record stores* profiled in this week's Sharp Darts opens today with a shindig featuring sibling garage-rock duo White Mystery, married posi-core duo Love of Everything, local trio Poison Arrows, and DJing by Ken Vandermark and CHIRP Radio folks.

* The other one is the "science fiction, fantasy, horror bookstore and vinyl store" Bucket o' Blood Books and Records (2307 N. Milwaukee), which opens Friday, June 4.

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Dinner & a Show: Saturday 5/29

Posted By on 05.29.10 at 12:02 PM

Andre Williams
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Show: Andre Williams, Dirty Diamonds "Soul singer Andre Williams has worked in music for more than 50 years as a performer, producer, and songwriter, and cut his teeth at legendary labels like Fortune, Motown, One-derful, and Chess. He's been there, done that, and wiped up the mess with the T-shirt," writes Monica Kendrick. "But his comeback, now well into its second decade, isn't just a campaign to market his 60s greatness to a new crowd. Williams, 73, still has it, and people still love it." Locals the Dirty Diamonds open.

10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $14, $12 in advance.

Dinner: Andalous Casual Moroccan restaurant; Hadg Mohamad plays host while his wife, Rachida, does the cooking at this Lakeview spot with garden seating.

3307 N. Clark St., 773-281-6885,

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Friday, May 28, 2010

You Shoot: Consent Fest

Posted By on 05.28.10 at 07:10 PM

From the Reader's Lauri Apple:


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I Lost It at the Movies

Posted By on 05.28.10 at 05:01 PM

I doubt I'll ever get around to confirming this personally, but I've been assured by people in a position to know that Sex and the City 2 does not fairly represent the HBO series whence it was spun off, the latter apparently having either gobs of humanity and wit to it or at least some redeeming modicum of those virtues, depending on who you talk to. I certainly hope this is the case, since the TV series has been such a huge and enduring cultural touchstone, and the public health is not well served when these come swimming in liquid pigshit.

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Chris Ware Gets the Scholarly Treatment

Posted By on 05.28.10 at 04:18 PM

The University Press of Mississippi has recently released The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing Is a Way of Thinking, billed as a "valuable reference for scholars and teachers of Ware's works, constituting an essential volume in any library of comics scholarship."

For sure. The book contains such chapters as "The Limits of Realism: Alternative Comics and Middlebrow Aesthetics in the Anthologies of Chris Ware" and "Masked Fathers: Jimmy Corrigan and the Superheroic Legacy."

What the self-effacing Ware might think of this treatment can be found in this passage from the chapter called "Chris Ware's Failures" by editor David M. Ball:

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Gilding the LOL-y

Posted By on 05.28.10 at 03:57 PM

Here's that ironic twee-pop cover of the Insane Clown Posse's "Miracles" you've been waiting for:

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