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The White Plague

THE WHITE PLAGUE Northlight Theatre The White Plague, by Czech playwright Karel Capek, was written more than 50 years ago. Capek was a minor figure in Expressionist theater (compared to Ernst Toller or Georg Kaiser) and is remembered primarily for his play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). You don’t see Expressionist theater much anymore, and no […]

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Charlie Haden

Hearing Charlie Haden, one is almost tempted to say, “They don’t make ’em like that anymore”: in an age of busy bassists who have devoted themselves to agile acrobatics, Haden’s unhurried technique stands out. His lack of conventional “virtuosity” places all the more emphasis on his open-air note choices, his pantonal harmonic sense, and that […]

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Two Can Play

TWO CAN PLAY Kuumba Theatre Two Can Play, by Jamaican writer Trevor Rhone, is a two-person, two-act play that, by the end, almost seems like two different plays. The first act is a farcical sociopolitical cartoon; the second a traditional, sentimental domestic comedy. In some plays, this midstream change of dramatic horses might produce very […]

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Queen Hester

QUEEN HESTER Chicago Medieval Players at the Fine Arts Building Rare even for medieval drama, Queen Hester is definitely off the beaten path. A Purim play (or purimspil) thought to be the work of Jewish actor-musicians at the Tudor court circa 1530, this exotic work was briefly performed, then disappeared into obscurity (this may well […]

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David “Honeyboy” Edwards

The music of David “Honeyboy” Edwards is perhaps the purest traditional Delta blues still played in Chicago. His list of childhood acquaintances and influences reads like a who’s who of legends, beginning with Robert Johnson and including the likes of Charlie Patton, Big Walter Horton, Big Joe Williams, and many others. Honeyboy built an early […]

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The Straight Dope

How come archaeological ruins are always underground? Think about it. Why isn’t everything right on the surface? Where does this dirt come from that keeps burying the past? Is the Earth getting thicker and thicker, like the trunk of a tree? Doesn’t make sense to me. –Nig Lipscomb, Chicago As a matter of fact, Nig–and […]

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City File

And now, a calendar that will remember your birthday long after you do: For just $79.99, Hammacher Schlemmer’s winter supplement offers a battery-operated electronic calendar that “can be programmed to remember special dates . . . and uses flashing red LED lights to remind you of them up to three days in advance. Its patented […]

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Closing Out Constituents

To the editors: Reading Ben Joravsky’s piece on the debate about the Edgewater strip mall [Neighborhood News, January 15] gave me a queasy sense of deja vu. Again, Alderman Osterman was making decisions without the counsel of her constituents, and again, she doesn’t understand why any of them would have any reason to be upset […]

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Public Service Announcement

To the editors: Right on! Your article on E.I. and Candida was informative [“The Yeast of Our Problems,” January 22]. You did a great public service–by establishing the credibility of their devastating, elusive illness and by informing the public, many of whom will recognize similar symptoms. Thank you. I hope you will write more on […]

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Field & Street

I finally saw my first wild parrot. This has to be a Great Moment in the life of any temperate-zone birder. I have seen parrots all my life–locked in cages, shut up in houses. I have known budgerigars that were taught to drink martinis and tended to run into the wall whenever they tried to […]

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The Yeast Connection: It’s Hogwash

To the editors: I thought that Bob McClory’s article on Candida-associated illness [“The Yeast of Our Problems,” January 22] was interesting and well-written, but quite slanted, and I would like to offer a dissenting view. It seemed to me that Mr. McClory was wholeheartedly endorsing the validity of the concepts underlying the so-called Yeast Connection, […]