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Chicago Guide Radar

March 2009

8 years
ago

There’s Something About Mary

Our Lady of the Underpass*
In the wake of the 2005 appearance of a salt stain loosely shaped like the Virgin Mary, local playwright Tanya Saracho spent weeks quizzing pilgrims on why they felt compelled to trek to 90/94’s Fullerton Avenue viaduct to view the specter. If…

8 years
ago

A Eunuch Perspective

Monsters and Prodigies*
Who knew eunuchs could have sex? Turns out women flung themselves at these archetypes of altered manhood throughout the 18th century. This and other factoids about the bygone culture of castrati come courtesy of the Mexico City-based avant-garde troupe Teatro de…

8 years
ago

Bucky Stops Here

Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe*
The first retrospective of the visionary’s work in decades, this exhibition reintroduces the man who invented the geodesic dome and coined the term “Spaceship Earth.” While calling…

8 years
ago

Dean’s List

Dean & Britta*
Andy Warhol begat the Factory, which begat The Velvet Underground and Nico, which begat Dean Wareham, an indie rocker who has made a career of emulating the Velvet’s chiming songs—first with bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, then with his Luna bandmate and wife, Britta Phillips, playing Nico to his Lou Reed. Now the couple comes full circle…

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