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The City File

Dept. of essential governmental warnings, from the Illinois Department of Public Health: “We hear a lot, and justifiably so, about the importance of protecting ourselves against mosquitoes and tick bites. We should not, however, lose sight of the fact that it’s equally important to protect ourselves from the stings of bees, wasps and hornets.” No […]

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Who Made That Noise

To the editors: Christopher Hill’s otherwise excellent article (“Great Noises of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” July 31) is marred by a few discrepancies. Any “Fab Four” fan worth his salt knows the exclamations in “P.S., I Love You” are not all by Paul McCartney: John Lennon did the “oh-oh-oh,” Paul the “you know I want you […]

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Field & Street

Charles J. Pennock was one of the finest birders in the country around the turn of the century. A prosperous Philadelphia businessman, he was also a longtime president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Society, the snootiest birding club in North America, a group so exclusive that it refused to admit women until 1982. Pennock was […]

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Solved: The Mustard Mystery

To the editors: Christopher Hill’s “Great Noises of Rock ‘n’ Roll” [July 31] is an insightful treasure; however, I thought everyone by now knew the story about Wilbert Harrison’s pre-guitar break command in the classic, “Kansas City.” Harrison, it is widely acknowledged, was urging on his guitarist, “Muskrat,” who did not disappoint in his delivery. […]

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Gil Scott-Heron

Fire and purpose are not inconsistent with mirth. In fact, the two cohabit well, mirth marking the self-assured ease of someone who really knows that he has a point of view. This is good to remember when you see Gil Scott-Heron perform. I remember how surprised I was, after having grown familiar with his tough, […]

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Born in East L.A.

Richard “Cheech” Marin has expanded his video spoof of Bruce Springsteen’s anthem of the 80s, “Born in the U.S.A.,” into a throwaway comedy that really delivers. Written, directed by, and starring Cheech himself, with a cheerful indifference to technique, the film follows a Mexican-American and his comic misadventures with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The […]

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Heart of a Dog

To the editors: “What Spike Found” [August 14] is a jarring reminder of what is wrong with American journalism today. Instead of reporting the facts of the Wolfson case as they were, Peter Kendall produced a piece of work that not only attempted to compete with Stephen King’s worst novels, but should have found its […]

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More Great Noises

To the editors: [Re: “Great Noises of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” July 31] More great rock ‘n’ roll noises: The tormented teenage girl’s scream of “MAMA!” in the Shangri-Las’ “You Can Never Go Home Any More,” after her mother dies of heartbreak upon learning that the girl has run away from home (the girl’s sobbing-in-the-arms-of-her-guidance-counselor confession […]

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Luv

LUV Chicago Actors Ensemble The Chicago Actors Ensemble, housed in a loft space at the top of the old Peoples Church in Uptown, is in the midst of a “Free Theatre Series” that is nothing if not eclectic. So far the company has done (each in a two-week run) Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Michael McClure’s […]

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Dead Milkmen

Although the Dead Milkmen obviously know–just as well as any band of melodramatic gloom-and-doom bozos you could name–that life is in large part a big crock, they take the eminently healthy course of poking fun at it instead of moaning and groaning and making ugly noises to the robotic beat of a machine (check out […]