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* The Lyric Opera's sexed-up, critically acclaimed Julius Caesar (a Bollywood-style dance number?) features the first female conductor in the company's history, French harpsicordist Emmanuelle Haim. My date to see it isn't for a couple weeks, but from the opening-night WFMT broadcast on Friday, it sounds like a hit.
* Blair Kamin had a great piece this weekend on the architectural renaissance along the Edens. "Why three towers? Because . . . you can start getting income from the first tower while you're still building the other two."
* Crain's checks in on the business of booze tasting in Chicago.
* Microsoft is building a $500 million data center the size of eight football fields in Northlake. As the Web gets bigger and milliseconds of loading time become a competitive advantage (think of how fast Google searches load), the speed of light is actually a constraint, so the physical location of these data centers becomes increasingly important.
* In related news, if some guy tries to sell you a Dell server out of a van, don't buy it.