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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 […]