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Eleemosynary

ELEEMOSYNARY Interplay It’s a good word, eleemosynary–appropriate to the season, when people are lying in sleeping bags in front of sparkling store windows, lulled to sleep by the tintinnabulation of Salvation Army bells. The word calls to mind the essential goodness, the charity at the heart of this commercialized holiday. It reminds us of the […]

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Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang

Recordings aren’t enough: a traditional music is truly alive only as long as somebody somewhere is actually playing it. But just playing it won’t do, either. You have to keep the music moving forward–otherwise it collects dust. Take some pointers from the way Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang dig eagerly into possibilities offered by the […]

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Connections of the Heart

CONNECTIONS OF THE HEART at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse I was worried, going in to see the new lesbian musical comedy that played for one night only last Saturday. Part of me was hoping it would be at least bearable; another was already cringing, anticipating embarrassment. It’s not that I haven’t seen worthwhile programming at Mountain […]

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The City File

Gobbling gobblers is OK, according to Greenkeeping (November/ December): “Of all the meat and poultry choices, turkey is among those that are most free from pesticide residues…not totally pure but much less contaminated than fatty foods such as beef steak and hot dogs.” “If you want to visit Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in Southern Illinois, […]

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The Straight Dope

The other day at work we were sitting around (on our coffee break, of course) telling stories about our middle school days. We discovered that although we grew up in different parts of the country (Atlanta and Dallas), the students in both our middle schools believed you could tell the quality of a necktie by […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In October the Ottawa Civic Hospital, anticipating a long-awaited visit by Princess Diana to its heart-patient wing, newly constructed and as yet without patients, gathered former patients who had been treated in other parts of the hospital to come to the heart wing, put pajamas on, lie in the beds, and greet the […]

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The Sports Section

The Bulls have embarked on the 1991-92 season as the defending champions of the National Basketball Association, and it shows. That’s not necessarily a compliment, however. They began this season, as every season, looking ahead to their early west-coast road trip as a test of how good the team was. In the first couple of […]

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Scapin

SCAPIN Apple Tree Theatre Company By Lawrence Bommer Scapin, Rusty Magee’s musicalization of Moliere’s 1670 Les Fourberies de Scapin, is an adaptation true to its source: this slight farce becomes an even slighter musical. Working from a hip but weak translation and adaptation by Shelley Berc and Andrei Belgrader, Magee has written ten more or […]

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Year in Review

In keeping with the spirit of this special issue, here are highlights of 11 stories that didn’t make it into Our Town in 1991: 1. Free Financial Seminar for Women A trust officer, an accountant, and a lawyer talked to 100 women about wills, trusts, savings plans, estate planning, and charitable giving– over juice, coffee, […]

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Mixed Emotions

MIXED EMOTIONS Briar Street Theatre A friend who follows theater recently told me he thought there were entirely too many new small non-Equity theaters sprouting up in Chicago. He suggested that someone start licensing them to weed out the bad and make it difficult for anyone who didn’t have money or the right connections to […]

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Speck’s Victims

To the editors: Perhaps the publicity surrounding the death of Richard Speck will prompt Dwight Okita to revise the script of his play, currently showing at Club Lower Links. According to your review [December 6], “Speck killed eight nurses, most of them Filipino.” In fact, only three of the victims (plus the one survivor) were […]