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Having fun with the single ladies (Sun-Times photo by Tom Cruze)

There is not much love for a single guy on a rainy Thursday night in Chicago.

Unless you were fortunate enough to stumble into R. Kelly's "The Single Ladies Tour" which made a one-night stand (to be repeated Oct. 26) at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place.

Tight skirts. Shrieking. Low cut tops. More shrieking.
It was like being at an Oprah taping.
It was one of the weirdest shows I have seen in recent memory......

Russell Means at peace

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Russell Means, 1997 Sun-Times photo by Jon Sall.

The American Indian sat at a long table in a North Side spiritual bookstore. His arms were crossed. He was not smiling.
The lines on his face ran as deep as the Missouri River, which roared through his native South Dakota when he was young.
His angry eyes were stoked by the embers of lost generations.
I will never forgot those eyes.

Russell Means died early Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D. He was 72. He was finally free.....

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Mike Bjorn and stripper friend (courtesy of Mike Bjorn)

KENOSHA, Wis.---Mike Bjorn is one of the best known clothiers in Wisconsin.
He is to pinstripes what Vince Lombardi is to pigskin.

Back in the day Bjorn played drums for a stripper at the Silver Star nightclub on the outskirts of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
When clothes can make a man, he knows that lack of clothes can make a woman.
And Bjorn is the genuine article.

Mike Bjorn's Fine Clothing & Museum (of Suits and Hangers) is in downtown Kenosha, about 50 miles north of Chicago. The clothing and curios store is located in a former Kresge's department store........

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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