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Aria

The idea must have seemed like a natural to producer Don Boyd: invite ten filmmakers to select an operatic aria and make a short film interpreting the music independent of the opera’s original story line. The results are decidedly mixed, but the best segments are worth waiting for. To take them in ascending order of […]

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Way to Go

To the editors: Paul Botts on the future of the Sox (6/3/88) is so right. It is the public which is the real client since it is they who are expected to pick up the check. Take a poll of your readers. Here’s a plan worthy of enthusiastic public support. We must show Jerry Reinsdorf, […]

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Field & Street

You can hear an indigo bunting singing from a block away. Not only hear it, but see it as well. Indigo buntings seek the highest branches for their song perches, and they prefer dead branches with no leaves to obstruct the world’s view of their bright blue plumage. Their song–like a human singer’s interpretation of […]

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The Royal Bag

To the editors: As anyone who reads Majesty magazine knows, the Queen carries a comb, a handkerchief, a small gold compact, and a tube of lipstick in her handbag. However, you were somewhat misled by Buckingham Palace [The Straight Dope, June 17]. The Queen does carry money on Sundays–a folded note of unknown denomination which […]

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Family Secrets

NEGATIVES The Center Ring at the Immediate Theatre THE RETURN OF PINOCCHIO Stage Left Theatre Negatives has a lot of positives going for it. Dennis O’Dell’s 1981 comedy-drama, here having its Chicago premiere, deals with a serious and unusual theme–the lingering effects of child abuse on a family–and contains a wealth of finely observed details […]

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Private Puritan

SARAH BRUMGART at MoMing Dance & Arts Center June 23-25 Often what’s fascinating about a purist are the impurities that encroach despite every effort. Nuns aren’t very interesting; a spoiled nun is. Sarah Brumgart, who dances her Silent White Dances solo in a white costume with no set and to no music, is a purist […]

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What Is the Meaning of Life?

To the editors: Irving Thalberg did lead a philosopher’s life [June 3], but was it a meaningful one? He decided not to produce films like his father in favor of living a philosopher’s life. By “philosophy” he meant primarily “decision theory.” This is a completely theoretical study with little application to daily life. What point […]

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Souled American

I remember hearing Souled American for the first time less than two years ago and thinking then that aside from some nice grooves here and there, the band was pretty lackluster. Since then, though, they’ve gradually metamorphosed into an absolutely first-rate club act. I still can’t understand much of what Chris Grigoroff is singing, but […]

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Little Caesar

LITTLE CAESAR Organic Theater I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen the movie Little Caesar, which came out in 1930 and starred Edward G. Robinson as Rico. And I’m certain I never read the novel by William Burnett. But the story of a brutal thug who campaigns to become Chicago’s gangster chieftain is familiar. The […]

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A Mason’s Grace

To the editors: Cecil Adams’ column of 3-11-88 belied its title. What he provided was not The Straight Dope on Masonry but rather a rehash of tired old slanders against a commendable institution. Considering the size of your circulation, that was patently unfair. Had Mr. Adams done even the most basic research (e.g. one trip […]