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Just Another Bar

To the editor: Bob Mehr’s story [The Meter, September 22] about the new business director at HotHouse missed an essential element about HotHouse and why the absence of Marguerite Horberg is such a loss to the Chicago cultural community. HotHouse is more than just a music venue, and it is more than just a business, […]

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Don’t Blame Castro

Dear Peter Margasak: I decided to wait until seeing the movie Buena Vista Social Club before responding to your article in the June 25 Reader because I wanted to see if the movie actually suggested that the reason the musicians were “forgotten” was because Fidel Castro tried to eradicate them in preference to the nueva […]

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Accomplice to Censorship

To the editors: Michael Miner’s article “Salsa Si! Castro No!” [Hot Type, April 7] on the current controversy over the City’s invitation to the Cuban group Orquesta Aragon to perform at the Viva Chicago festival was a disservice to the cause of freedom of expression. It perpetuates old myths about the monolithic position of the […]

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The Cuban Connection

To the editors: I appreciated Robert Heuer’s article on the Irakere Band and its performance at the Chicago Jazz Festival (September 18) for its portrait of the band itself, but Heuer makes a serious omission. It was the Jazz Institute of Chicago, recognizing the exciting international dimension of jazz, which programmed the performances of Cuban […]