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Solitary Refinement

Owl City and Lights find wide audience with their solo crafted Electronic Pop

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2010
From the humblest of beginnings Adam Young has built a 21st Century Pop juggernaut called Owl City that's traveled the information superhighway on a meteoric rise to fame and acclaim. Opening on Young's current tour is the lovely and talented Lights, whose birth name is Valerie Poxleitner. In a way, you could call her the female and/or Canadian version of Owl City. The similarities are striking.  

Music: Owl City and Lights

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Whether he knows his '80s Synth Pop or not, Owl City has struck a chord with everyone from Gen Xers to the tween set. Though Owl City is compared to contemporary groups like The Postal Service, echoes of Kraftwerk, New Order and OMD are evident, even if Young doesn’t know who the forefathers of Techno Pop are exactly. He plays a sold out show with Lights at the Madison Theater.  

Comedy: Vince Morris

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Comedian Vince Morris isn’t sure at what point he realized he could be funny for a living. “I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure out if I’m being funny for a living,” he says with a laugh. “I realized about two or three years after starting out that I can do this for my career.” He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Comedy: Jimmy Dore

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Though he has plenty of material about things like deer not being able to hear car horns and what it was like growing up poor, Jimmy Dore describes his current set as more “current eventsy.” With the success of his DVD/concert special Citizen Jimmy, the Chicago native is taking on more of today’s hot-button issues. “Right now I’m talking about the bailout, the healthcare thing. Gay marriage and medical marijuana, the usual topics.” Of course, it’s not all serious subjects. Dore performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

It's Garry Shandling's Show (Review)

Shout Factory, 1986-1990, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
There are many reasons why you might not have heard of this fine sitcom. It initially ran on Showtime, before pay cable was a hip destination for original programming. A broadcast outlet picked it up, but FOX was only two years into its existence and audiences were still finding out about the “fourth network.”  

Taxi: The Fourth Season

Paramount, 1981-82, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Every now and then, some entertainment publication tries to come up with a list of the funniest sitcom episodes of all time. There are a lot of great choices to be sure. “Soup Nazi” (Seinfeld), “The One Where Everybody Finds Out” (Friends) “Turkey’s Away” (WKRP in Cincinnati), the list really could go on and on...  

Comedy: Troy Baxley

0 Comments · Monday, November 9, 2009
For Troy Baxley, comedy wasn’t a life-long ambition so much as it was a survival tool. “I started school very early,” he explains, “so I was smaller than other kids. Growing up, I had to be funny and a smart ass to protect myself.” He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

News to You

Comedian Kevin Nealon's act gets more personal

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In addition to the popular Showtime series 'Weeds,' comedian/actor Kevin Nealon is probably most widely known for his work on 'Saturday Night Live,' where he anchored the "Weekend Update" segment for so many years. While he skillfully parodied current events on that program, these days his outlook is more domestic, and that's reflected in his stand-up set.  

The Big Band Theory: 2nd Season (Review)

Warner, 2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
At first glance it’s easy to dismiss The Big Bang Theory. Some might have no time for what appears to be clichéd aspects of geekdom. Indeed, there’s lots of video game playing, comic book collecting and Star Trek references to be had here.  

Comedy: The Capitol Steps

0 Comments · Monday, October 19, 2009
Elaine Newport arrived in Washington, D.C. in the early ’80s to be a legislative assistant to Illinois Republican Senator Chuck Percy. The piano major thought her primary course of study in college wouldn’t come in very handy. That was until a Christmas party in 1981 when she and several coworkers decided to provide some entertainment for the event. “We thought we’d do this once for a Christmas party and be told to stop, or be fired, or both,” she recalls. “But 27 years later no one has stopped us, so we’re still going.” And The Capitol Steps were born. They perform 7:30 p.m. at Music Hall.