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Sun Worship

To the editors: Thank you very much for the publicity you gave our Naperville Sun in your recent article on Pat Colander and Copley’s lust over our market [Hot Type, January 15]. We would like to correct some slight errors in the story. Naperville, the largest city in Du Page County, now has over 75,000 […]

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The Redthroats

It’s rather amazing, what David Cale does. Not because it’s so inconceivable, but because he doesn’t really look as if he’s capable of it. A slightly built Englishman whose receding hairline, generous nose, and huge eyes give him a distinctly birdlike aspect, Cale seems positively awkward at first. Then he just sits there for a […]

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Laying Down the Lawless

To the editors: I would like to make a few observations regarding the recent article [Calendar, January 8] about my sculpture Green Lightning and written by Michael Ervin. When the venerable New York Times took my quote in which I described the neon elements as “burlesquing the myth of male dominance” and instead printed “he […]

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The Straight Dope

How can a person “see stars”? When you exert yourself physically and then stop, you have these hundreds of little BBs zooming in space in front of you. I have actually believed I could touch them. Try staring at the ground about ten feet in front of you and follow one of the lights out […]

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High Times in Hyde Park

To the editors: Now you’ve done it! I mean, with the Jane Addams cover story [January 15]. Week after week–whenever I get to them–your cover stories come across as humanly interesting, artfully crafted, thoughtfully probing, and resonant with a Chicago ambience. Last week’s story on Jane Addams just upped the ante a tad. Take it […]

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City File

Marriages made in (yuppie) heaven. “Big weddings are back,” writes Jenifer Blackman in Today’s Chicago Woman (January 1988). “Even couples where one or both partners were previously married are opting for the two to three hundred person guest list,” and a reception costing as much as $15,000. Many dual-career couples have more money than time […]

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Coming Attractions

COMING ATTRACTIONS Western Expansion Productions at the Theatre Building Sharp satire is penetrating and incisive. It lays open an issue to reveal the hypocrisy and contradiction within. Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury comic strip is sharp satire. Anything that comes out of Mort Sahl’s mouth is sharp satire. Then there’s blunt satire, which merely bludgeons the audience […]

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Field & Street

The rough-legged hawk is one of the best birds on my backyard list. To qualify for the list, the bird doesn’t need to actually enter the yard, but it does have to be visible from the yard. I saw my rough-leg twice within three days. The first time, it was quite far off, apparently flying […]

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Ignorance Is Bliss

To the editors: Although I realize the implication of admitting a close relationship with the subject of controversy, I simply cannot sit idly by and not react to John Bliss’s unthinking January 15 letter (“Playing at Theater”) about the Chicago Actors Ensemble. First let me make clear that my link with this group is a […]

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Miss Lulu Bett

MISS LULU BETT Center Theater Audiences love the breakaway play. We instinctively side with the unjustly abused–or neglected–character, particularly if they show even a hint of energy and resistance: Cinderella, Nora in A Doll’s House, Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday–or Miss Lulu Bett in Zona Gale’s 1921 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. We […]