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The Editor’s Job

Both playwright and polemicist Tony Kushner and Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss have points to make in the dispute described by Michael Miner in his June 4 Hot Type column “Pride and Prejudice.” But Miner and Kushner go too far in seeking to bring Weiss’s editors into this. A critic or a columnist stands or […]

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Pacifica Quartet

The Pacifica Quartet certainly looks the part of a next-generation quartet: first violin Simin Ganatra’s family comes from South Asia, second violin Sibbi Bernhardsson is from Iceland (yes, he’s worked with Bjork), violist Masumi Per Rostad is half Norwegian, half Japanese, and cellist Brandon Vamos’s parents are prominent string instructors of Latin descent. And they […]

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International Contemporary Ensemble

Though hardly a household name, the British-born Bernard Rands is probably the finest active American composer of his generation. He studied with leaders of the European avant-garde–Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Luigi Dallapiccola–in the 50s and 60s, but his academic braininess doesn’t overpower his lyrical heart. While some contemporary composers talk a good game but can’t […]

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Marvin’s Room Misfire

To the editors: I share some of the misgivings that reviewer Lisa Alspector expresses in her movie capsule commentary on Marvin’s Room. I do not, however, understand her attack on the play Marvin’s Room or its Chicago author, the late Scott McPherson. While Scott completed a first draft of a screenplay before his untimely death, […]

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Hearing Disorder

To the editors: Sarah Bryan Miller errs when she allows her bias against modern music to create a misunderstanding about Emanuel Ax’s preperformance comments about the Schoenberg Piano Concerto (March 8). At the February 15 concert under review, Ax, one of today’s most generous and self-effacing performers, neither said, nor implied, that “the work has […]

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Hey, Faggot?

To the editors: What a shame that while the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute offers the Chicago debut of “Tutto Fellini,” the extraordinary retrospective of all of Federico Fellini’s films in stunningly restored new 35-millimeter prints, the Reader chooses to “review” most of these screenings with the recycled and petulant capsules […]

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Fellini Fuss

To the editors: What a shame that while the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute offers the Chicago debut of “Tutto Fellini,” the extraordinary retrospective of all of Federico Fellini’s films in stunningly restored new 35-millimeter prints, the Reader chooses to “review” most of these screenings with the recycled and petulant capsules […]

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Quote Check

To the editors: Thank you to Cate Plys for September 15th’s cover story, “WBEZ’s Big Gamble.” Although many of the real estate and financial issues involved in the station’s move to Navy Pier are complex, Ms. Plys’s story helped to give a belated public airing to issues that WBEZ’s listeners, members, and donors need to […]

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Cultural Con Job

To the editors: Bill Wyman had the right idea in talking with the much-panned Twelfth Night director Neil Bartlett in “He Bombed in Chicago,” February 14. Critics and directors, artists and audiences, can use more such exchanges. But this particular interview misses the main point of much of the criticism of the Goodman production and […]

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Unfair to Fogel

To the editors: Far be it from me to take the side of management in a labor dispute, but Lewis Lazare quotes Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpet player and musician’s union negotiator George Vosburgh in two real boners in your September 20 issue. According to Lazare’s Culture Club column, Vosburgh attacks CSO executive director Henry Fogel […]

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Emerald City

EMERALD CITY Zebra Crossing Theatre at Chicago Dramatists Workshop How is it that insipid scripts can become compelling–all right, bearable–on television and yet provide the most dreadful experiences in the theater? Does it have to do with our contrasting expectations of these media–that television, with its limited intellectual claims, will hypnotize us with technical gadgetry, […]