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Uneasy alliance: Can north-side progressives build a coalition in the absence of Washington and in the wake of Cokely?

Outside the windows of the Truman College cafeteria, as a balmy breeze wafts through the trees, tennis players and softball swatters congregate, enjoying one of the gentler, more peaceful days of spring. But inside the stuffy cafeteria of the Uptown junior college, it’s all work for 200 or so north-side activists getting down to the […]

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New Art Ensemble

Schoenberg and Steve Reich notwithstanding, the star of this new-music extravaganza is the Yamaha MIDI grand piano, making its Chicago debut. According to the event’s organizer, composer Howard Sandroff, this state-of-the-art instrument, when plugged into a network of microcomputers and digital synthesizers, allows for “the economic use of sound objects and the inventive enhancement of […]

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Soul Rapture

DREAMGIRLS Candlelight Dinner Playhouse GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SOUL Kuumba Theatre Through fortuitous coincidence–though Nancy Reagan might say it was in the stars–Chicago theatergoers are being offered a sort of mini-saga about the social and artistic evolution of black music and its all-important roots in the black family. This completely unplanned saga consists of Kuumba Theatre’s […]

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PSYCHOPOETICA Chicago Poetry Ensemble at Maniscala Chapel In the opening sequence of the Chicago Poetry Ensemble’s Psychopoetica oversized, fluid shadows drape the walls. They instantly signal some of the concerns of this collection of short pieces by the performers: danger, sensuality, violence, fear, and the evil within. After all, no matter how big and scary […]

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Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction

This is an intriguing mix of materials drawn from Video Data Bank’s What Does She Want series, which centers on art by women. Julie Dash’s Illusions, the only full-size film (as opposed to video) in the bunch, is an effective narrative about racism in 1942 Hollywood. The videos include Cecilia Condit’s nightmarish fairy tale fantasy […]

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AN ACTOR’S REVENGE **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Kon Ichikawa Written by Daisuke Ito, Teinosuke Kinugasa, and Natto Wada With Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Ganjiro Nakamura, and Raizo Ichikawa. ALONE ON THE PACIFIC *** (A must-see) Directed by Kon Ichikawa Written by Natto Wada With Yujiro Ishihara, Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori, Ruriko Asaoka, and […]

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Neighbor Ladies

To the editors: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Marion Karczmar’s article “Tina and Rosie Don’t Live Here Anymore” [April 22]. It gave me pleasant pause to reflect on all the “Tinas” and “Rosies” of my childhood community, and to realize and regret their absence in the community today. I hadn’t thought about these neighborhood personalities in […]

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Into the Mystic

NANA SHINEFLUG AND MARY WARD at the Dance Center of Columbia College May 27 and 28 and June 3 and 4 To really take off dance needs a mystical edge. The audience must forget their hard seats, must not hear landing thuds as interruptions, must not see costumes as contrivances or props as distractions. Unfortunately […]

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Art Crimes

To the editors: It is really unfortunate that the only truly appropriate response that the Reader has published thus far to the Art Institute painting scandal is in the comic strip “Phoebe & the Pigeon People” [May 20]. Mike Miner’s recent “Outlaw Art” in Hot Type [May 27] is very much beside the point. He […]