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In Defense of Clean Sweep

To the editors: Your decision to accept and publish Jane Juffer’s article “Clean Sweep’s Dirty Secret” [October 5] was poor judgement. The story is clearly biased and unfairly criticizes an effective program. For countless years the residents of CHA public housing, city officials, and the public have been unsuccessful in their attempts to improve the […]

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Support Your Local Artists

To the editors: I get the feeling when I read [Lewis Lazare’s] column [The Culture Club] that you are writing the obituary of Chicago theatre in serialized installments. Is your job as a journalist simply to sling mud on the industry that provides your livelihood? In these times of censorship and extreme conservatism, the Arts […]

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Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

Even if there were more of them, Bela Fleck would still be the world’s best jazz banjo player; the fact that he’s apparently alone in his field just makes him an innovator to boot. (The banjo, for a number of reasons, is especially unsuited to the expressive demands of jazz even though the instrument and […]

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Female Futures

EMILY Goose Island Theatre at the Avenue Theatre HELLO, WE MUST BE CLOSING at Ruggles Cabaret It’s a jungle out there, all right. Wall Street, 1986, the high-stress world of stockbrokers: the men talk business and spectator sports, brag about their incomes and alma maters, complain about their wives and ex-wives, and drink, drink, drink. […]

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Aldo Goes to School

On a Tuesday Aldo DeAngelis, Republican candidate for Cook County Board president, visits DuSable High School at 4934 S. Wabash. He tells about 100 African American students who are crowded into a classroom and overflowing into the hall that by choosing to live in Cook County they pay 20 percent higher taxes than they would […]

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Travel Incentive

Folding chairs are arranged in three neat semicircles around the tiny makeshift stage–a slightly raised platform with a jungle backdrop, all purple, green, brown, and gray tendrils, vines, and leaves. Big rocks have been painted onto two folding screens that are placed off to each side, and one suspiciously square boulder rests in lone splendor […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Doug Brightmoser was arrested in Nashville in August on a neighbor’s complaint that he was firing shots into the air at night. Brightmoser explained that he was not firing to cause trouble but was shooting at a snake that was “trying to suck the nipples” of a goat in his yard. During arraignment, […]

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The Promise

THE PROMISE Lifeline Theatre The folklore of virtually every culture in the world contains some sort of rationale for an ordinary person suddenly behaving “not at all like himself.” Religious explanations include possession by divine powers, the invocation of spirits from other worlds, and bodily conduction of natural forces. In 20th-century America, where Science reigns […]

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Correction

In the September 14 review of Latino Chicago Theater Company’s production of La Petenera at Cabaret Voltaire, Rosario Vargas, who was a part of the performing ensemble in its first production at the Firehouse, was incorrectly identified as the play’s director. Juan Antonio Ramirez has been the director of La Petenera since its debut. My […]