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A Couple of Blaguards

A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS at the Briar Street Theatre Five years ago, on a theatrical tour of Ireland, I had the experience of visiting the coastal town of Limerick. Limerick’s a dreary little place–drab, small-minded, devoid of any signs of ambition, architecturally stuck in mid-20th-century drabness. Yet it is also home to a collection of […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Rub a dub dub, there’s a girl in my–sink? This photo and others by photographer Larz Cohen will be on display Tuesday, March 29, at Limelight. This one appears on a poster by JBC Enterprises, a new local production company, which is celebrating its release with a party open to the public. Free champagne will […]

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The Straight Dope

I’m enclosing a bag of salted-in-the-shell peanuts because I think it makes a statement, although I’m not sure by whom or about what. Please note the warning on the back of the bag: CAUTION: Remove shell before consuming nutmeats I’m speechless. Is this some kind of joke? Is this an indication of what peanut distributors […]

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Indigos

Why the Indigos? Because after gigging and gigging, they’ve finally got a grip on the trick of rearranging familiar elements into something new. Both David Kay and Dick Smith write quietly mature songs that sound airy and gentle even when played loud. Kay’s tunes in particular betray a kind of coffeehouse-folkie sensibility, so it’s only […]

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City File

And when we run out of landfill space here on Earth, this may be your new home. In Adler Planetarium’s new “Space Transporters” exhibit, the visitor is “transported” to another planet, sees a three-dimensional view of its surface, and learns about its atmosphere and how much he or she would weigh there. The exhibit is […]

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Broder’s Keeper

To the editors: Michael Miner’s “Hot Type” column describing the demise of the Chicago Tribune’s middle east correspondent Jonathan Broder [March 11] constituted a weak defense of and apology for Broder’s plagiarism. In describing Broder’s middle east coverage, Miner states that: “Every line he wrote was carefully read, and as he wrote what he saw, […]

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Field & Street

Last Sunday was the vernal equinox, or, as we say in English, the first day of spring. It is an occasion that often slips by unnoticed in Chicago. For us, late March brings blizzards more often than balmy breezes and nodding daffodils. We have to wait a whole month before the first pale green leaves […]

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Filth, Scum, Uninsured Animals

To the editors: Jack Clark obviously went to great pains to make his story a fair one [“Who Killed Jay Brunkella?” February 26]. It’s too bad Andrea Grannum and Margaret Smith, the dissenting jurors who would have us believe that they also desperately wanted to be fair, didn’t walk a mile in Jay Brunkella’s moccasins […]

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Tour de France

The French Travel Showcase came to town on Saint Patrick’s Day, not an ideal day for concentrating on things French: somehow the peculiar poisonous color of the river kept coming to mind, and even some of the most avid Gallophiles–the kind who were wont to burst out practically unsolicited, “Oh, I just love France”–were wearing […]