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Tav Falco’s Panther Burns/Sapphires

If your objection to Dirty Dancing is that it’s just not dirty enough, don’t miss the chance to see two purveyors of sweat-soaked primal raunch get scuzzy and fuzzy on one double bill. The suavely unkempt Tav Falco, who resembles a used-car salesman stepping out of a John Waters film festival, is the rockabilly equivalent […]

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Write on Rosenbaum

To the editors: Reading Jonathan Rosenbaum’s retrospective on 1987 [“Ten From ’87,” January 8] reminded me of how much I’ve been enjoying his film reviews since he joined your staff. Somehow I haven’t managed to get to as many movies over the last year as I’d have liked to, so I didn’t catch a lot […]

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On Exhibit: a gallery full of flowers

Shivering, huddled by the heater, wrapped in scarves and afghans. Renting movies, checking the windchill factor, ordering out, cursing and whining, buying Chapstick. These are the popular methods of fighting extreme cold. Another possible antidote: stop by your local florist and rush home with some fresh-cut tulips, roses, or irises, shipped from a more humane […]

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Movie Politics

To the editors: If “overt politics of any kind in a movie are deemed suspect,” as Jonathan Rosenbaum writes [“Our Man in Nicaragua,” December 4], it’s no less true that some movie reviewers find the covert sort in every other film with an ease that, in truth, makes it covert only to a person who […]

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The four phases of Pink Floyd

There are at least two fun ironies in the rather ugly dispute that has separated leader-songwriter Roger Waters from his erstwhile teammates in the greatest dinosaur rock band of them all, Pink Floyd. The first is that Pink Floyd wasn’t really Roger Waters’s group at all: it was the conception and (originally) the execution of […]

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They Even Recycle Publicity

To the editors: Thank you for the October 30th Neighborhood News article about Uptown Recycling Station. We appreciate Ben Joravsky’s story about our buy-back center at 4716 N. Sheridan and our weekly routes in Rogers Park and Lakeview. In response to the article, over 100 north-side residents called for more information (our number is 769-4488) […]

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Vapid Pap

To the editors: You will be well within your rights to take Hot Type columnist Michael Miner’s own advice (December 11) and to evaluate whether or not it is cost-effective to keep that column around. A full page of ads . . . for that matter, a blank page, would be more refreshingly honest and […]

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Desperate Women

TALKING WITH . . . Heroes Inc. Ensemble at the New Lincoln Theatre While hitchhiking across the country, I discovered that my silence could elicit startling stories and disclosures from the people who gave me rides. Something about the monotony of the road, the intimacy of the automobile, and my own willingness to listen triggered […]

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Playing at Theater

To the editors: Charley Custer’s article, “Look What They’ve Done to My Play” [December 18], paints a fairly clear picture of the hell that is new play development. It also presents a convincing argument for the reason there is so little dramatic writing of value being done in this country today. We are presented with […]