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Posted inNews & Politics

Tenuous Connection

To the editors: It was good to see your article on Literati Chicago in the March 4, 1988, Reader [Our Town]. However, I would like to clarify Capital City Press’s role in producing the journal. We provide manufacturing services for publishers which include typesetting, printing, binding and distribution to subscribers. These are the types of […]

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From the Pole to the Equator

Italian avant-gardists Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s remarkable feature was on my ten best list last year, and it’s good to see it getting another airing in Chicago. It’s a film made up exclusively of footage shot by the Italian court photographer Luca Comerio around 1910–tinted, step-printed into slow motion, and accompanied by an […]

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Dave Liebman

On his 1987 Owl album, Homage to John Coltrane, Dave Liebman cites the dedicatee as “the decisive influence on my artistic life,” and nothing could be more obvious. Liebman’s busy, vital, and complex improvising stems not just from Coltrane’s technique (as is the case with so many saxophonists of the past 25 years); it also […]

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The Royal Family

THE ROYAL FAMILY Body Politic Theatre Charisma is hard to define. Even my dictionary, which provides precise definitions for the most abstract words, begs off by calling charisma a “special quality” that gives an individual influence or authority. Yet, whether we can define it precisely or not, charisma exists. It’s more than style or class. […]

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Difficult Situation: Let’s Dance

To the editors: It’s amusing that both of the letters [February 19] reprimanding Achy Obejas’s calendar comment [February 5] about Israeli bone breaking, refer to the situation in the occupied territories as “difficult,” and both point out that the calendar page was not the appropriate place for such comments. Well, Leah and Rena, try to […]

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Johnny Sayles

Johnny Sayles is yet another Chicago-based artist who performs both blues and soul with equal enthusiasm and proficiency. He cut his musical teeth with the famous Ike Turner bands of the late 1950s, but the mid-60s found him moving to Chicago, where he developed alongside artists like Otis Clay and Tyrone Davis as they worked […]

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Last Summer at Bluefish Cove

LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE Footsteps Theatre Company at Live Theatre In the 1970s, in the wake of the birth of “gay liberation” at the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, there emerged a genre loosely defined as the “gay play.” Developed by a loose-knit group of writers–male and female, mostly New York-based, newcomers […]

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Candid Quackery

To the editors: I would like to make a few comments on the recent Robert McClory piece on Environmental Illness [January 22]. It was a pretty good summary of the controversy. However, I do have a few quibbles: The article describes the reaction of mainstream allergists and physicians to the concept of EI as “shrill.” […]

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Gary Burton

The revolutionary vibraphonist hits Chicago in the midst of a watershed year. His collaborative concert with nueva tango creator Astor Piazzolla, recorded in 1986 at the Montreux festival, has just been released; he has finished work on an upcoming all-star session that features hot tenor man Mike Brecker and guitarist John Scofield; there’s even word […]

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Paranoid Illusions

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE **** (Masterpiece) Directed by John Frankenheimer Written by George Axelrod With Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh, and James Edwards. The first and only time I’ve seen a good 35-millimeter print of Carl Dreyer’s 1944 masterpiece Day of Wrath was in Europe […]