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Tribe

Do you have a favorite Chicago rock band? I sure do, and it’s Tribe, one of the very few acts in this town that truly capture the imagination. Each of their songs is a charge into the unknown, a look into the implications of a few oddly voiced chords, an exhortation to take off one’s […]

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Poetry Corner

To the editors: Our Muse Who Art in Haven Achy [Obejas, Calendar editor] is our idol; she gladdens our need to read She leads us to reflection She turns a phrase, or molds an image–and tells it like it is Delightful candor, or book reviews– The thunder made some wimps take umbrage The passions bubbled […]

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Ferlinghetti Plays

UNFAIR ARGUMENTS WITH EXISTENCE Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company at Kingdom of the Spiders I met Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1976 in a cappuccino bar around the corner from City Lights Books in San Francisco. I had come to talk to him about his plays, and I had come quite a long way, but he didn’t want to […]

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Dope House

Three men emerged from a burned-out building near the learning center where I work on Calumet near 51st Street. They crossed the street, and two overweight women walked up to them. One woman turned and blocked my view, but I still saw the quick exchange of money for plastic packets of white. Then the women […]

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Tales From Hollywood

TALES FROM HOLLYWOOD The Commons Theatre Her graduate thesis boiled down to a single question: can a commercial theater trying to maximize profit also preserve its artistic integrity? But after talking to her for an hour, I realized she didn’t see any fundamental difference between commercial theaters and their not-for-profit counterparts. “Everyone who puts on […]

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Fourth of July, Out by Circle

I had a feeling the neighborhood Fourth of July celebration would be a little, shall we say, exuberant. The people in our area are not shy, retiring types. But nothing prepared me for the reality. We moved into our town house about two months ago. Its biggest attraction, to be honest, was a rooftop deck […]

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Restaurant Tours: dinner in a strange land

In the barroom, a jazz trio wails. In the restaurant–a sleek modern space with parquet floors, marble tables, comfortable blue banquettes, and a snazzy spotlit food bar–handsome young servers are delivering appetizers, entrees, and “tastings” (grazing-size portions) ranging from Hung Tao Dragon Noodles to chicken flautas with avocado relish to insalata di calimari. Stodgy Evanston […]

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Portfolio Without Artist

JOHN HUSTON & THE DUBLINERS ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Lilyan Sievernich. The on-location production documentary, a movie chronicling the shooting of a movie, is a fairly recent phenomenon, although its equivalent in print has been around much longer. (For instance, Micheal MacLiammoir’s Put Money in Thy Purse, about Orson Welles’s Othello, and Lillian Ross’s […]

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Celine and Julie Go Boating

One of the great modern films, Jacques Rivette’s 193-minute comic extravaganza is as scary and as unsettling in its diverse narrative high jinks as it is hilarious and exhilarating in its uninhibited slapstick. Its slow, sensual beginning stages a mysterious, semiflirtatious meeting between a shy librarian (Dominique Labourier) and a nightclub magician (Juliet Berto). Eventually, […]

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Send for Yours Today

To the editors. I was obviously interested in the comprehensive article by Robert McClory, “The Yeast of Our Problems,” in a recent issue of the Reader [January 22]. Congratulations to you on publicizing this still-controversial subject. Physicians who would like additional information can write to the IRS-approved, nonprofit International Health Foundation, Inc., Box 3494, Jackson, […]

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Improvising Absinthe

To the editors: The following information is in response to A.C. Murphy of Atlanta, whose letter on absinthe you answered in the Chicago Reader [The Straight Dope] of 10 June. 1. Absinthe is obtainable over the counter in Portugal. 2. Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is still used in flavoring certain liqueurs and herbal bitters which are […]