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Imposters

Apart from offering what is likely the best stretch of the late, great Charles Ludlam (of New York’s Ridiculous Theater) on film, Mark Rappaport’s dense and fascinating 1980 independent feature–a tragicomic melodrama designed to stick in the throat (and brain)–surely qualifies as one of the wildest and wittiest American movies of the decade. The structure […]

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Light Arguments

To the editors: I would like to answer your call for a response from a “No Lights” fanatic (The Sports Section, March 4) regarding the impending installation of lights in Wrigley Field. Although I am not a member of Citizens United for Baseball in Sunshine (CUBS), I feel that my proximity to the park, my […]

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Field & Street

The first Le Conte’s sparrow of spring was sighted at Olive Park last weekend. Olive Park is the small park at the north edge of the Ohio Street filtration plant. As the only patch of green on a blighted section of the lakefront, Olive Park attracts an unusual number of migrants. The Le Conte’s sparrow […]

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The Man Who Made History Dance

THE JOFFREY BALLET at the Civic Center for Performing Arts March 22-27, 1988 Dances are not things like paintings or sculptures. Dances do not have texts like plays, or even a universal notation like music. Dances are experiences, phenomena; they enjoy only a trace existence after the performance. If a choreographer and her dancers forget […]

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Zionism and Racism

To the editors: Andrea Sovan in a recent letter to the Reader [March 11] glibly stated that “Zionism is racism.” This defamatory statement has its origin in the now infamous UN Resolution 3379 which declared “Zionism as a form of racism.” This resolution, which was not supported by any Western democracy, sought to delegitimize Israel, […]

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Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians

Reality is for people who just can’t handle Robyn Hitchcock. He’s been making records that are fantastic in both senses since his early tenure with England’s Soft Boys, whose dark and lovely Underwater Moonlight sounds vaguely like the Beatles undergoing psychoanalysis. His more ethereal Egyptians can out-Sgt. Pepper any band of Beatle wannabes when they […]

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The Importance of Being Perverse

KING LEAR *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard With Peter Sellars, Burgess Meredith, Jean-Luc Godard, Molly Ringwald, Norman Mailer, Kate Miller, Leos Carax, and Woody Allen. Jean-Luc Godard’s latest monkey wrench aimed at the Cinematic Apparatus–that multifaceted, impregnable institution that regulates the production, distribution, exhibition, promotion, consumption, and discussion of movies–goes a […]

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Mad Dog Blues

MAD DOG BLUES Theatre of the Reconstruction How bad can a show get? I’ve often wondered, but I’ve never seen one hit bottom. Always something holds them up–a flash of humor, perhaps, or one believable performance. If all else fails, good intentions count. But I think that, with the production of Mad Dog Blues by […]

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Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet, who made an auspicious local debut two seasons ago, are back for a three-recital “Festival of New Music,” sponsored by the forward-looking Chamber Music Chicago. New-wave affectations aside, the Bay Area-based foursome are unquestionably among the best interpreters of 20th-century repertory, often the equal of the Juilliard Quartet in their intensity and […]

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Dirty Business

To the editors: Lawrence Bommer could have done better in his giving us some feedback [Theater, March 11] on Arthur Miller’s powerful play All My Sons, presented at the Center Theater. As it happened that Arthur Miller is one of my favorite playwrights, however, I couldn’t miss seeing it. The theme of dirty practices in […]

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Melo

Alain Resnais’ masterpiece, easily his best film in years, is bound to baffle spectators who insist on regarding him as an intellectual rather than an emotional director, simply because he shares the conviction of Carl Dreyer and Robert Bresson that form is the surest route to feelings. In his 11th feature, he adapts a 1929 […]

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The Duchess of Malfi

THE DUCHESS OF MALFI Chicago Actors Ensemble I’d been looking forward to this production of The Duchess of Malfi. I’m a big fan of Jacobean drama, the sensationalist and decadent splatter movies of the early 17th century. Not only that, this is a production of Bertolt Brecht’s adaptation of the John Webster classic, an adaptation […]

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Clean Up Your Act

To the editors: I hate to pop your bubble, but your article “A Better Glass of Water” [February 12] was very misleading. There is nothing new about using bacteria to break down wastes. Virtually every municipal wastewater treatment in the world uses some bacteria process. The “new” process treats the waste of one hotel and […]

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South of North: What’s urban renewal doing in a hot neighborhood like this?

It’s not a very large neighborhood. The major distinction of the eight-block area that runs southwest from the corner of North and Wells is that it has stubbornly resisted large-scale redevelopment for over 30 years. Tucked between middle-class Sandburg Village and destitute Cabrini-Green, this neighborhood of mainly poor and working-class families has resisted social, political, […]

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Self Expression

To the editors: Everyone can resolve the language problem you presented in The Reader [The Straight Dope, February 19] by applying: “This above all: to thine own self be true.” (Hamlet, I, iii.) Everyone can use, for example, Somebody has forgotten a hat. (Not–Somebody has forgotten their hat.) A person may find self left high […]