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Performance Art

TORCH SONG TRILOGY *** (A must-see) Directed by Paul Bogart Written by Harvey Fierstein With Harvey Fierstein, Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Brian Kerwin, Karen Young, Ken Page, and Eddie Castrodad. TALK RADIO *** (A must-see) Directed by Oliver Stone Written by Eric Bogosian and Stone With Bogosian, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. […]

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Johnny Griffin

Joe Segal makes an unlikely Santa, but he’s brought the city a Christmas present in the form of tenor saxist Johnny Griffin. The Little Giant is home for the holiday, and not a moment too soon–his several galvanic performances from last summer’s jazz fest are just now beginning to fade from memory. At the age […]

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Field & Street

I just got my “List Supplements” for 1986-87 from the American Birding Association. This is the list of the listers, a record of the names and achievements of all the birders who keep careful accounts of every species they see–and then send those accounts to the American Birding Association for publication. The supplement requires 32 […]

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The City File

Liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), and breast augmentation are the three most popular surgical procedures asked of cosmetic surgeons and liposuction surgeons, according to their trade associations–and November and December are their busiest months. Daley, Sawyer, Evans, Burke, Taylor, Bloom, Davis, Byrne . . . “The present vacuum of leadership in the city has . . […]

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The Straight Dope

When people want to express total pointlessness, they sometimes say a thing is as silly as “arguing over how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.” This argument is supposed to have taken place between Byzantine theologians or medieval scholars, or somebody. But I’m beginning to think the fathers (and mothers) of […]

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Sandra Bernhard

Beyond her hostile-blase, I’m-so-hip image cultivated on television, Sandra Bernhard turns out to be a terrific cabaret singer, with a potent sense of drama and an ability to stay true to a song musically while reshaping it into a new and personal story. On opening night of her current Chicago engagement, comedian-singer Bernhard’s too-few musical […]

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Traveling Wilburys–Volume One

TRAVELING WILBURYS VOLUME ONE Traveling Wilburys Wilbury Records 25796-1 There was a time when the rock ‘n’ roll super session seemed almost meaningful. Clapton and Winwood–together! Beck and Stewart and Truth! Crosby and Stills and Nash and Young! It was thought that opposites–John and Paul-style–could somehow attract, calm each other’s excesses, and produce good music. […]

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Watson Hates Holmes

SHERLOCK’S LAST CASE Body Politic Theatre Ninety-five years ago, Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill Sherlock Holmes. Feeling oppressed by the great detective’s celebrity, and anxious to get out from under what had become a somewhat too successful sideline, Doyle literally wrote Holmes off. But it didn’t work. Fans demanded a resurrection, and Doyle finally […]