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Our Living Language

To the editors: The his/her problem was solved in 1986 [The Straight Dope, February 19]. I did it. The solution appeared in the Sun-Times, a copy of which is enclosed. [McDaniel proposed that “omner” be used as either the nominative, objective, possessive, or reflexive pronoun.] “Omner,” of course, is in such common usage that it’s […]

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City File

It’s not about health anyway; it’s about resurrection. The National Confectioners Association estimates that Americans will spend $799 million on candy this Easter–enough, says Fanny Fanner Candy Shops Inc., to buy a quarter of a million tons of candy, or “more than 36 billion inch-long chocolate eggs.” “Credit card use is at an all-time high, […]

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The Fist Method: Concerned Parents Strike Back

To the editors: An Open Letter to Neil Elliott of Evanston: We’ve just finished reading your letter to the editors of the Reader (1/15/88), wherein you advocated the “fist” method with regard to “Tot Control” (November 13 issue). In actuality, we read the letter over and over and over again, because we could not believe […]

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Hard Stuff

THE LOOP GROUP at Curtis Hall, Fine Arts Building March 5, 1988 Last fall, when composer Pierre Boulez came to Chicago for his first extended stay here in almost 18 years, he enthusiastically agreed to coach young Loop Group performers. This local 20th-century music ensemble was to perform Boulez’s masterpiece Le marteau sans maitre (“The […]

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Guy Fricano Sextet

Ever since he escaped from suburban pit orchestras to follow his muse, trumpeter Guy Fricano has been as formidable as certain natural phenomena. (Hurricanes and geysers come to mind.) His ideas crackle, his tempos threaten to pick you up and blow you away, and he applies a singular DC jolt to his art (as well […]

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Big noise in Winnetka: banned bicyclists rally round the Ravine

The trustees of Winnetka probably did not realize it, but with little fanfare or celebration they unleashed a revolution last October. Of course, that was not their intention. Instead, the seven-member village board was merely approving what looked like a rather mundane proposition to outlaw bicycle traffic on the “Ravine”–a winding stretch of Sheridan Road […]

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Lazy Lester

Louisiana harp player Leslie “Lazy Lester” Johnson has long been something of a cult legend among devotees of the “swamp blues” sound he helped create on Jay Miller’s Excello label in the 1950s, but his popularity has rested mainly on covers by white rock bands. In recent years, Lester has begun touring with greater frequency; […]

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Silos

Since their fiddle-fortified tone poems evoke corn silos more than missile silos, you could get pretty suspicious by paying attention to written descriptions of the way these wide-eyed urban cowpokes get their country kicks. After all, after George Bush in overalls stumping for the farm vote, the last thing this country needs is a mannered […]

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Pilobolus Growing

PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE at the Auditorium Theatre March 18-20 In 1971 four men, Dartmouth classmates who had all taken dance workshops with Alison Chase, found they had in common a dry wit and a fascination with the sculptural possibilities of the human anatomy. The group they formed then–Pilobolus, also the name of a fungus–often performed […]

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The Sports Section

Most baseball fans consider themselves seers in one way or another because they are more astute judges of talent than the managers and general managers of the major leagues, or because they have a deep faith in one team or another, they believe they know the eventual outcome of the season ahead. Pick-the-divisions baseball pools […]

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The Lonely Gay

RENTED MOVIES Lawrence Steger at N.A.M.E. Gallery March 25 & 26 What can be more uncomfortable than sitting in a darkened theater, captive to the pathetic ramblings of a fourth-rate stand-up comic? Lawrence Steger, in his one-man performance piece, Rented Movies, intentionally places his audience in such a situation. But where Steger’s rent-a-comic bombs, the […]

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Katie Webster

Pianist Katie Webster is legendary among both blues and R & B devotees, having played behind musicians ranging from Louisiana bluesmen Lightnin’ Slim and Lazy Lester in the early 60s all the way to Otis Redding from 1966 to his death. For several years she’s been concentrating on a solo career, and gigs at such […]

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Scruffy the Cat

Years of hard work and harder gigging have made Scruffy the Cat one of Boston’s best bands. But they remain one of its best-kept secrets. Maybe it’s because their clever, unpretentious songcraft isn’t scruffy enough for membership in Boston’s garage-revival fringe (the DMZ/Lyres school) and isn’t catty enough for membership in its experimental art fringe […]