Category Archives: What Nots

Figures of Speech Theatre’s Anerca

Figures of Speech Theatre (FST) is, first and foremost, a puppet theater. For most of us that designation creates an immediate impression far removed from the incredibly complex theatrical artistry of this world-renowned group. In the Western World puppets are … Continue reading

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Chicago, Lincoln Park: North Pond Nature Sanctuary

Chicago, perhaps surprisingly to most people, has a number of nature sanctuaries in Lincoln Park, which stretches along the lakefront from North Avenue in the south up to Hollywood Beach in the north. I say “perhaps surprisingly” because Chicago’s lakefront … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 2nd of July: a very special bookstore, some scholarly works reviewed, ‘The House of The Rising Sun’ and other matters

I hate this fucking song. (See coda for the story of this quote.) O Sorry ’bout the delay in getting your Queen’s Lament IPA to you, it’s been a very busy day as we’ve got a hand fastening on the … Continue reading

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Unabridged Bookstore

Chicago has a rich trove of bookstores, all the way from the legendary Kroch’s and Brentano’s on Wabash Avenue, once a magnet for book lovers visiting the Loop (or in the case of some of us, visiting the Loop to … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 11th of June: Canadian roots music from Whitehorse, the story of our troll, The Neverending Session and other matters

Since the other members of Fall Down Dancing weren’t available for tonight, Miki had fallen back on the Wednesday night sessions at The Harp to find a couple of other players, enlisting Amy Scanlon on pipes, whistle, and vocals, and … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 28th of May: Italian folklore, music by the Oysterband, Well you get the idea…

I will not go as long as the room / keeps swaying to and fro as long as the band can play / here is where I’m gonna stay I’m gonna stay at the shouting end / the shouting end of life … Continue reading

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North Pond

Chicago, perhaps surprisingly to most people, has a number of nature sanctuaries in Lincoln Park, which stretches along the lakefront from North Avenue in the South up to Hollywood Beach in the north. I say “perhaps surprisingly” because Chicago happens … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 9th of April: choice SF from Elizabeth Bear, live music from Midnight Oil, Ottoman tulips, a history of breakfast and buckdancers choice on other matters

Stars on our door, stars in our eyes, stars exploding in the bits  of our brains where the common sense should have been. — Angela Carter’s Wise Children The tulips such as the one in the vase on my desk here in the … Continue reading

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Summer

This time of year, my heart is full.  Everything that can bloom is blooming, or has bloomed and fruited already, like mayapple and shooting star and trillium and the flowering trees that line my street.  All the plants are up. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 22nd of January: music from De Danann, Nordic new age, Jazz music, cleaning the Kinrowan Hall under-eaves, a super-antihero, and other matters…

All things are known, but most things are forgotten. It takes a special magic to remember them. — Grandfather of Tallis in his Journal, from Robert Holdstock’s Lavondyss We’re really in the harshest part of Winter on this Scottish Estate, so the residents … Continue reading

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