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Off the Mark

In my August 23 Calendar story “Group Efforts: Demonstration of Affection,” I mistakenly identified an anthology by local gay and lesbian writers as On the Rocks. The correct title is Off the Rocks, and the book is published by New Town Writers. John Sanchez

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Chi Lives: the prodigal daughter

One character in Loverboys, Ana Castillo’s new collection of short stories, is a successful writer, despite something she calls the “thing,” which comes into existence when “all the voices of those who call writing a craft, who speak grammatically correct, who studied with this name or that one, well up in my head and tell […]

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In Performance: the Juan that got away

“I really do think I’m living in a John Hughes film sometimes, and that’s just utterly ridiculous,” says performance artist Gina Lovoi. Her new autobiographical show, The Whole Juan Situation, bears some similarities to Hughes’s mid-80s work; in it a crazy crush that transcends social barriers torments a plucky heroine who is surrounded by the […]

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Germanic Jocko

By John Sanchez It’s lunchtime at the James R. Thompson Center on the first sunny spring day of the year, and a Michael Jackson impersonator has staked his place out front. Despite the public nature of this performance, the young man pulls out all of Jackson’s trademark moves, crotch grabs and all. When he does […]

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Men’s Room Metamorphosis

By John Sanchez Except for a few details, Milwaukee Avenue’s Friar’s is a grill from another time. The clock seems to have stopped sometime during the Eisenhower administration. On the other hand, the upholstery in the booths is teal, presumably the result of a Miami Vice-era renovation. A television high above the back door plays […]

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Beating the Heat

You won’t find me complaining about the cold this winter–I swore not to this summer during the heat wave. The heat wave changed all of our lives. My boss, Erma, fled her Sandburg Terrace condo for the coolness of the lake, but there she was met with a new problem. You never really know who […]

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Gays and Porn

To the editor: In his review of Making Porno [July 21] Justin Hayford states that “porno films play continuously at several local gay bars–almost always eroticizing unsafe sexual practices.” Perhaps Hayford and I patronize different venues, but I have rarely, if ever, seen such a porno playing in a Chicago bar. Hayford asserts that the […]