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Reflections; Hopscotch

REFLECTIONS and HOPSCOTCH Penguin Island Theatre at Stage Left Theatre For seven months I thought I lived in Uptown. Then one evening about a month ago, I arrived home to find men in a utility truck affixing maroon banners to the streetlights. The banners announced that I was now living in “Buena Park: An Historic […]

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The City File

Dept. of Californication. Press releases we wouldn’t dare make up: “Dicks of America, the internationally recognized club for individuals with the birthname of Richard, have . . . declared the month of May ‘Be A Dick’ month. It seems that since the San Diego, CA based organization’s inception, there has been a large demand on […]

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Leo Smith/Paul Smoker Trio

In the wave of free improvisation and hyper-expressionism that characterized the avant-garde of the 60s and 70s, the most important players were pianists and reedmen; for some reason, the trumpet players have gotten scarce, and finding two such worthy practitioners in one weekend series makes for a rare treat. Leo Smith, a member of Chicago’s […]

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Our Gang Problem

To the editors: I was pleased to see the Reader take on an issue as serious as gang crime and the strong role the CIN program plays in helping to reduce this plague facing society today [“Our Gang,” March 4]. The incidence of intervention you outlined point to the value of the Intervention Workers. Unfortunately, […]

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A Whine for the White Sox

To the editors: It is much easier to be sympathetic to something tangible, like the 80 families who would be displaced by the proposed new White Sox stadium, than it is to give respect to something as abstract as love and loyalty for a professional baseball team. In your April 22 issue, Ben Joravsky took […]

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International Theatre Festival of Chicago

Easy travel to other cultures. Never mind the delays at O’Hare–eight foreign countries will come to you in the course of this month-long festival, now in its third week. Representing the world: Comediants, from Spain; Pat Van Hemelrijck, from Belgium; Gate Theatre Dublin, from Ireland; the English Shakespeare Company, from England; Compagnie Patrice Bigel/La Rumeur, […]

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Long Ago, in a Monarchy Far Away

THE WARS OF THE ROSES English Shakespeare Company at the Auditorium Theatre A big bearded man shows up at the beginning of the English Shakespeare Company production of Henry V wearing a black tuxedo and looking a little like Orson Welles hosting Masterpiece Theatre. He’s the Chorus. He says he needs our help. “This wooden […]

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Sheer Joy

To the editors: I have to tell someone about the sheer joy I experienced on reading Ms. Karczmar’s piece on the “ladies of Cleveland Avenue” [“Tina and Rosie Don’t Live Here Anymore,” April 22]. Her characterizations were masterful; how much I would like to have met them and been “forced” to participate in the activities […]

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True Grit

To the editors: This refers to an article entitled, “Tina and Rosie Don’t Live Here Anymore” recently printed in your publication [April 22]. Although the author, Marion Karczmar, may be entitled to personal opinion of her former neighbors on Cleveland Avenue, however narrow-minded, snobbish, superficial and inaccurate it might be, she has no right to […]

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Who’s That Bigot?

To the editors: As a Cleveland Avenue neighbor I have a number of questions about Marion Karczmar’s article: “Tina and Rosie Don’t Live Here Anymore” [April 22]. To begin with, who is Ms. Karczmar? No one on the block seems to know her. Second, what kind of people does she associate with? According to her […]