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Why Buddy Guy runs from the blues

Few blues musicians bear the burden of history as heavily as Buddy Guy. Along with fellow west-siders Magic Sam and Otis Rush, Guy stormed onto the Chicago scene in the late 50s with a searing, high-voltage guitar attack augmented by tormented lyrics, a passionate vocal delivery, and an energy level far more intense that that […]

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The Straight Dope

The questions you deal with in your column are usually pretty cosmic, but maybe as a change of pace you wouldn’t mind taking a whack at the following shallow topics: (1) What are those red or orange balloon things you see on high-voltage utility wires when you’re driving out in the country? I’ve heard several […]

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The City File

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are preparing to leap from the pages of their extremely popular comics and enter the video game arena with a tongue-in-cheek vengeance never seen before,” warns Ultra Software Corporation, which is based in Wood Dale. “Their impact on the video game market will have the force of [a] high flying […]

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Happy Happy Good Show

HAPPY HAPPY GOOD SHOW at the Victory Gardens Studio Theater If any television executives see Happy Happy Good Show, they may decide to let the writers’ strike go on forever. Created with the help of three striking Saturday Night Live writers–Conan O’Brien, Robert Smigel, and Bob Odenkirk–this comedy revue is remarkably unfunny. Almost nothing works. […]

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Field & Street

The first dog face butterfly of the morning scudded by as Ron Panzer was introducing us to Gensburg-Markham Prairie. Two inches across, bright yellow marked with heavy black at the wing tips, the dog face soared and swooped, dancing in the sun. Later, Panzer caught one in his long-handled net and showed us the details […]

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Scorekeepers

To the editors. The news that Jon Margolis, the Tribune’s political correspondent, will be moving to sports after the election should come as no surprise. (Hot Type, July 1.) Margolis’s cynical, smart-ass style has always seemed more suited to covering the fortunes of the Cubs and Sox than the future of the world. But the […]

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Unbelievable

To the editors: While reading the article “Child in the Streets,” Reader (July 1, 1988), I realized almost from the very start that this kid (pseudonym Timothy) does not exist. Not the way he’s described, anyway. Perhaps, the author, hearing about all the problems the teenagers today are going through, from bits of information had […]

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I Cover the Lockerroom

I COVER THE LOCKERROOM at Sheffield’s At one point in Jeff Hagedorn’s new play, I Cover the Lockerroom, Michael William Randolph turns and bitchily addresses the audience, inadvertently giving away the heart of the show. “Have you figured out that if you finished your first drink,” he asks, “you could go to the bar and […]

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Mekons

The Mekons, who appeared in 1977 as a first-wave punk group from Leeds, made their best music in the middle of this decade as a stumbling, paranoid, jaded, and thoroughly brilliant amateur “roots” band–mixing American country with English folk and Urban Drunk, they teetered on the brink of total chaos with as much desperate fun […]

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The Merchant of Venice

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Oak Park Festival Theatre The Merchant of Venice is one of William Shakespeare’s “but” plays: “But teacher, he wasn’t really endorsing anti-Semitism, was he?” Well, class, not endorsing it, no. But Shakespeare was a man of his time, and it was a time of Christian supremacy. Very few Jews were even […]

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High Quality

NEW DANCES ’88 Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble at the Ruth Page Foundation Theatre July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 A dance concert, like a good meal, is ephemeral, meant to be consumed at a sitting. Like a gourmet meal it relies on established traditions, and often it’s made up of several courses. But […]