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The Glass Menagerie

THE GLASS MENAGERIE Live Theatre There’s a special challenge behind staging a “memory play” like Tennessee Williams’s Glass Menagerie. If you play up too much the memory side (that is, make it obvious that the stage events are Tom’s regretful recollections being acted out like a private psychodrama), you get at best a deeply moving […]

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Our Idiotic Policies

To the editors: Your idiotic policy on picture captions serves neither readers nor the subjects. It reaches a low point in the review of The Belle of Amherst (May 22), where quite a distinction is made by the reviewer between the two women who play Emily Dickinson. You show one of the two and we […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The final three days of a ten-day festival of features, shorts, and documentaries from 16 Latin American countries, Spain, and the United States, sponsored by Columbia College. All screenings will be held at Columbia College Getz Theatre, 72 E. 11 th St., Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28. Tickets prices are $4, $3 students […]

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The Great Chicago Playwrights Exposition

Those Lincoln Avenue roommates, the Body Politic and Victory Gardens theaters, have lent their two-level performance complex as well as their energies to the task of bringing off this six-week-long 13-playwright showcase for homegrown talents. Productions include two full-length works, three programs of short plays, and a couple of pieces-in-progress (see below for details). Body […]

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Prince of Pop

To the editors: Mark Jenkins’s middling-to-coolly positive review of Prince’s Sign ‘o’ the Times (May 22) left me dumbfounded. As anyone with two ears, half a brain, and one ass should know, Sign ‘o’ the Times is not only Prince’s best album since Dirty Mind (a possibility he begrudgingly accedes), it’s also the most exciting […]

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Royal Crescent Mob

If the Beastie Bores are still your idea of what three funky white guys sound like, it’s time to get ill to the equally zany and far less retarded sounds of Columbus, Ohio’s, Royal Crescent Mob. A real funk ensemble, not a glorified drum machine, the Mob (whose ranks also include one funky black guy) […]

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Love Seen

LOVE SEEN at the Theatre Building Love Seen is not just another comedy about boring, middle-class, white couples trying to get it on. It’s all those comedies rolled into one. Can you stand it? Well, that’s the question. I feel like I’ve just lived through the complete works of Love, American Style and The Love […]

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The Sports Section

I am told that I saw Stan Musial on his last trip through the National League, seeing my first game in 1963 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. I am told, also, that I spent the afternoon playing with a girl of a similar age sitting a few rows behind us in the bleachers, a story […]

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Art Facts: documenting a dig at the site of ancient Thebes

In the 19th century, Western artists flocked to Egypt and other Oriental regions to paint the strange architecture, exotic landscapes, and dark-skinned natives. The craze started after Napoleon reopened North Africa to Europeans with his 1798 conquest. Artists tagged along with scientists, diplomats, and sometimes even armies to record the sights of newly conquered lands. […]

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Sun Ra & His Arkestra

Sun Ra’s inquisitiveness ranges all over the solar system, but it begins with the blues and makes use of skills acquired from decades of solid experience as a composer/arranger (beginning with his 1940s apprenticeship with Fletcher Henderson). The seriousness of Ra’s intentions becomes dear when you see the discipline he imposes on his fantastic big […]