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Back to the Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom, with its mosaic tile and molded plastic towers, its double-tiered balconies and mock-stained-glass windows, proves that it is possible for a Moorish palace to collide with a German Bierstube and survive. Since its completion in 1926 at a cost of $1.5 million, the Aragon, at 1106 W. Lawrence, has seen everything from […]

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Calling the Sun-Times Slack

To the editors: So the Hot Type people think it’s just terrible that Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times didn’t review Torch Song Trilogy [September 25]! Yes, Ms. Weiss is showing poor judgment, but the Reader should certainly not be so quick to criticize. Why? Because over the past several years, I have seen and enjoyed […]

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Women Who Love Bears

Most of the correspondence I get from the managers of my apartment building concerns repairs (Please be patient . . . ) or lease renewals (Please be prompt . . . ), so I was surprised to receive their invitation to “An Evening With the Three Little Bears,” by which they meant Diana Ditka, Connie […]

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Vegetables in Space

To the editors: After reading numerous articles about the Biosphere II project in Arizona recently (Newsweek, Discover, Chicago Tribune, etc), it is encouraging to see Harold Henderson’s “A Spinach Plant Grows in De Kalb” (September 4) about controlled environment agriculture research being conducted nearby. In considering the applications of such research to space agriculture, it […]

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Field & Street

I spent last Saturday afternoon at a natural-areas conference organized by the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and jointly sponsored by the Conservancy and several other public and private conservation groups. The conference drew more than 100 participants to Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. The goal was to round up interested people […]

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Chicago Symphony Chorus

In 1957, Margaret Hillis was asked by Chicago Symphony maestro Fritz Reiner to form a resident symphony chorus. Today, many memorable concerts and seven Grammys later, the Chicago Symphony Chorus is commonly acknowledged as the best of its kind in the world. Along the way, Hillis has tirelessly championed the cause of choral music, encouraged […]

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Baby Boomers Are Consumers

To the editors: I had expected the great baby boom controversy to die away before now, but I see that your most recent issue is filled with yet more letters commenting on Julie Phillips’s diatribe [July 31]. So far, all the letters I’ve seen have been from boomers defending themselves or from younger people agreeing […]

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Putting Down the Hicks

LITTLE EGYPT Steppenwolf Theatre One of the more auspicious things that can happen to a new play is a production at Steppenwolf. The play is usually well acted, directed, and designed, and receives a good deal of exposure. Thus the play arrives at a moment of truth, or at least a moment when, if there […]

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Loves Light in Flight

LOVES LIGHT IN FLIGHT ETA Creative Arts Foundation Minority theater is getting harder and harder to define. Nobody wants to offend. And artists themselves seem to welcome the move toward the mainstream. How many interviews have you read where someone says, “I don’t want to be thought of as a [fill in the blank] artist; […]

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Knight Moves

THE PICK-UP ARTIST *** (A must-see) Directed and written by James Toback With Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey, Dennis Hopper, and Harvey Keitel. Intelligent, light entertainment has long seemed to be beyond the grasp of mainstream Hollywood. The success of The Pick-Up Artist notwithstanding, let’s face it, 1987 isn’t going to go down as one of […]