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Alex Chilton

Since Alex Chilton walks a thin tightrope between earnestness and sarcasm, poise and chaos, art and trash, rock and roll, he would make the perfect guest on the David Letterman show if Letterman were cool enough to ask him. Since he probably won’t, I’ll fill in with a top-ten list of Things to Expect at […]

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Field & Street

I spent last Sunday on a long and unsuccessful search for an American bittern. I looked in four different places in four counties but couldn’t come up with one. The American bittern has been a favorite of mine ever since the first spring I got serious about birding, when I saw four in Lincoln Park. […]

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Appearances to the contrary, this is not another scaled-down ELP revival, despite the involvement of two-thirds of the original ELP personnel. It is the unique brainchild of drummer Carl Palmer (the only member of the original band who declined 1986’s ELP revival), who discovered a sensational new singer/songwriter in the California Bay area named Robert […]

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Pee-wee Dig: A Censure

To the editors. Re: “Addicted to Chess,” Friday, April 1, 1988. I censure Harold Henderson for referring to Pee-wee’s Playhouse as some sort of symbol of stupidity and suggest that he be fired. This ridiculous man perhaps has seen the show and has some sort of ideas to back up this unsophisticated theory, or maybe […]

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Nine Letters to Berta

Made the year after Bertolucci’s Before the Revolution (1965), Basilio Martin Patino’s touching first feature, set mainly in the university town of Salamanca, Spain, echoes and parallels that film in many respects, although here the loss of religious faith plays the role of a betrayed Marxism. Cast in the form of nine letters written to […]

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Royal Names

To the editors: Re: column of 3/25/88–royal family surname [The Straight Dope] The bookies in London were bettin’ The royal name used to be Wettin. The response from the British May as well have been Yiddish For all the straight answers we’re gettin’. Anon there was yet more dissent, To a new notion credence was […]

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The Good Book Salesman

“Bibles. Bibles for sale,” the young, bearded man announced as the Jackson Park B train pulled out of the tunnel south of Roosevelt. “I’ve got Bibles here. Bibles for sale. All sizes, all shapes. Bibles.” A seasoned rider, he paused in the aisle as the train jerked, not even grabbing for a handhold, then repeated, […]

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Those Gangs: How Dare They!

To the editors: It’s a good thing Roberto Rivera is no longer with Chicago Intervention Network if he believes that [although] “the city will never be able officially to recognize groups as groups to bargain with . . . a community organization could recognize a gang’s “turf’ and strike a deal based on that.” It’s […]

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Charleen

Fans of Ross McElwee’s Sherman’s March (1985) will undoubtedly recall the character Charleen Swansea, the filmmaker’s friend and former teacher, and will be pleased to discover that McElwee devoted an entire feature to this memorable woman back in 1977. An unorthodox fifth-grade teacher, small publisher, and poet who at one point was a protege of […]

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Dancing to the New Music

DANCING TO THE NEW MUSIC at MoMing Dance & Arts Center April 15-16, 1988 In its most potent form, a collaboration between composer and choreographer infuses a work with a double charge. Such joint ventures have produced some of the richest ballet and modern dance works of all time. The Marius Petipa-Pyotr Tchaikovsky union begat […]