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Ugly Pictures

To the editors: NO MORE!! NO MORE!! Why do you insist on printing those photographs under the caption “1000 WORDS”???? They not only lack creativity and substance, but are, to put it bluntly, ugly and amateurish. A photographer with insight, imagination, a sense of light and form can create a profound or whimsical statement that […]

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What Kind of Man Reads TV Guide?

To the editors: Your “First Person” articles usually describe emotionally loaded situations in a straightforward way, without making judgements or drawing conclusions. The reader can experience the emotions almost firsthand, and then respond in his own way. Mildred Taylor’s “A Day in New York” (June 19) was one of the best such articles that I […]

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A Checkered Carrot

A CHECKERED CARROT at the Organic Lab Theater Comedienne Judy Tenuta once toyed with the idea of becoming an artist–until it hit her that you can work for months on a painting, only to have someone stroll by, glance at it, murmur “Hmm, nice,” and move along. But no good artist wants only immediate gratification; […]

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Vincent Chancey

Calling Vincent Chancey one of the best french hornists in jazz is a sort of backhanded compliment–after all, there are only about five altogether–but there’s nothing wishy-washy about his playing. His tone, strong and comparatively rough, dovetails with his swingy control of the instrument’s tough fingering system, while his respect for the horn’s idiosyncrasies lets […]

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Where the crimes are: neighborhood groups and police cooperate on a computerized mapping project

Warren Friedman, a bearded man with curly hair, reading glasses, and a gentle, easygoing manner, is on the front line in the war against crime. He’s no vigilante, that’s for sure, no clone of Charles Bronson, Dirty Harry, or even Bernhard Goetz. His chief weapon is a computer–Apple Macintosh, to be exact–which transposes onto maps, […]

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The Replacements

Once upon a time the Replacements were the most committed fuckups I’d ever seen in my life. Onstage, they might play only the first two or three bars of a song and then fizzle out. They might resort to inane, spur-of-the-moment covers. Or they might waste time bantering pointlessly with the audience. And then again, […]

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Waiting for Grabowski

Almost an hour after the scheduled start-up time, the bleachers in Hanson Park, 5411 W. Fullerton, were still empty. Waiting for the film and production crew of the “Grabowski Shuffle” music video were a smattering of mostly northwest-side locals looking for a shot at the limelight and at the video’s star, Bears head coach Mike […]