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Private Visions

JIM SELF AND DANCERS MoMing March 3-6 Rarely have I been more perplexed during a dance performance than I was watching Jim Self and Dancers at MoMing. These pieces, though visually innovative and interestingly unpredictable, seemed calculated to confuse rather than communicate: I felt as though Self and his dancers shared a private, aloof vision. […]

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The Straight Dope

What can you tell me about the Masons, i.e., politics, bylaws, who belongs, etc? I have always assumed they were one of those semisilly men’s associations like the Elks or the Odd Fellows, but occasionally you hear rumors of something more sinister. –Kathy K. Pitts, Chicago You’re not the only one to hear rumors, kiddo. […]

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City File

“My company used to be in the Sun Belt,” said one north-side business owner who was overheard by North Business and Industrial Council executive director Carl Bufalini (NORBIC Network, February 1988). “The incentives we initially received were great. But it did not take long before there were schools and roads to be built. When a […]

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Nervous Chatter

HUNTING COCKROACHES Wisdom Bridge Theatre I didn’t leave my seat during intermission for Janusz Glowacki’s Hunting Cockroaches. It’s a good thing, too, because I might not have had a seat when I got back. A man came over and said I was sitting in his. He was tall, young, nicely dressed, and had what I […]

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Integrate or Educate

To the editors: Steve Bogira’s article on school desegregation [January 29] seems to be an article of “gosh, how I wish the 60s really did something.” Apparently, he’s not with the 80s. In the 60s we had lots of great social experiments by people who had little or no idea of how to correct the […]

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Field & Street

Flocks of red-winged blackbirds began arriving in the Chicago area about March 1. The earliest birds were males traveling in mixed flocks with grackles and cowbirds. Their arrival every year at this time is one of the first signs of spring, a harbinger of green leaves, bright flowers, balmy breezes, and tiger mosquitoes. Redwings may […]

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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. […]