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Posted inNews & Politics

Field & Street

The storm last February that sent waves crashing into the condos on Sheridan Road and threatened to relocate the Oak Street beach to the lobby of One Magnificent Mile made lake levels a hot political issue. A lakefront commission appointed by the mayor last fall suddenly found itself famous. Its chairman, former alderman Martin Oberman, […]

Posted inArts & Culture

The Eight Hours

THE EIGHT HOURS Chicago Cabaret Ensemble at CrossCurrents On the 100th anniversary of the Haymarket massacre and trial, we here in Chicago, where it took place, remember only the barest fragments of the episode. But around the world, it is recognized as one of the most important events in the history of the labor movement […]

Posted inFilm

Women on Top

MAKING MR. RIGHT *** (A must-see) Directed by Susan Seidelman Written by Floyd Byars and Laurie Frank With Ann Magnuson, John Malkovich, Ben Masters, Laurie Metcalf, and Polly Bergen. Can a liberated businesswoman with an aching heart find a warmhearted, loving male in this modern world? Mmmmm, could be, according to Susan Seidelman’s Making Mr. […]

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More Friends Than We Thought

To the editors: You and Robert McClory have my infinite admiration for the excellent article on radio station WFMT [March 20]. The research, the facts, and the analysis were superb. Publication of the article represented a big step forward in protecting WFMT for Chicagoans. I have one slight question. Where did the idea come from […]

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The Perfect Party

THE PERFECT PARTY Northlight Theatre When sex manuals started to become best-sellers, somehow it made a sad kind of sense. Despite their rhetoric, Americans have always betrayed a certain fear of spontaneity, of letting things (let alone people and even nations) take their course. It makes us hard on ourselves, this desire to reach perfection […]

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Rollin’ With Stevens and Stewart

ROLLIN’ WITH STEVENS AND STEWART at the Amethyst Even with its attempt at supper-club ambience — white tablecloths, candlelight, and flowers — Edgewater’s Amethyst Bar and Grill is pretty funky. And its bare-brick back room in the past has played host primarily to experimental theater — some of it successful, most of it interesting, but […]

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WNIB Sounds Good to Me

To the editors: Last week’s Reader (4/ 10) carried a letter (“WFMT: Tempest in a Teapot”) that was harshly critical of both Chicago classical FM radio stations, WFMT and WNIB. As a classical music lover and broadcast engineer, I would like to suggest that we Chicagoans are indeed blessed to have such musical resources at […]

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Gerhard Stabler

One of the most interesting figures in Germany’s increasingly active political music scene, Gerhard Stabler studied composition with Nicholas Huber (a fascinating postserial composer) and organ with Gerd Zacher, the premier avant-garde organist of his generation. Stabler’s program for this concert is typically varied: he’ll play the Black Song Organ Preludes written for him by […]

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Naked Zoo

NAKED ZOO Friends of the Zoo at Victory Gardens Studio Theater Harold Ross, the original editor of the New Yorker, didn’t like printing stories about writers. He said as much to his copy editor in the fiction department: “Nobody gives a damn about a writer or his problems except another writer.” The same could be […]