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An Evening of Stravinsky

AN EVENING OF STRAVINSKY at Mandel Hall, University of Chicago July 16 The Artist in the Park program is a unique project sponsored by a large apartment building in Hyde Park. Each year since 1984, the managers of Regents Park, assisted by a knowledgeable jury, have chosen an outstanding young talent as their artist in […]

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Sybil’s Playhouse

SYBIL’S PLAYHOUSE at the Roxy There’s a sadistic side to comedy improvisation: the audience makes the request and the comics take the lumps. They don’t get to boo our bad suggestion. For instance, the five improv artists in Sybil’s Playhouse nearly broke their funny bones trying to dig yuks from the response to “What’s making […]

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Ladies Night

After work I bought a pair of black work shoes at this small department store on Southport. A guy at work told me about them. He said they were just like the kind they wear in London, and they were only 30 bucks. I had to get them right away because it was Wednesday and […]

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Joanne Brackeen Quartet

The German jazz authority Joachim Berendt has called pianist Joanne Brackeen “the first representative of a new type of female jazz musician, who does not merely talk about emancipation but is emancipated”; I suppose the proof of that statement lies in the fact that the issue of her being a woman in a man’s world […]

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Recommended by Doctors

To the editors: Your recent article “The Yeast of Our Problems” [January 22] attracted widespread attention and did address the problem fairly and honestly as well as comprehensively. Many of my patients noticed an article on Allergy and Allergists in Consumer Reports a few weeks previously but even many more asked me if I had […]

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The Straight Dope

I hope you’ll be able to solve the mystery behind eelskin wallets and their supposed ability to demagnetize my automatic bank teller card, rendering it completely useless. After going through four new plastic cards in as many weeks, I complained to the bank and was told that I was either (1) exposing them to excessive […]

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Nightlife and the Library

To the editors: While on a recent visit to my home town Chicago, catching up on local architectural gossip, I saw the proposals for the new Chicago Public Library [“One for the Books,” June 10]. Despite the elegant renderings and presentations, one point seems inescapable: None of the architects has addressed the simple problem of […]

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The City File

Block that metaphor! Handcuff that surgeon! From a recent release by Main Line Productions on North Halsted: “Our purpose is to throw off the staggering shackles of the American Dream and see what monsters they have birthed. Punk Expressionism is our key to the sub-conscious. . . . We use Punk as our tool in […]

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Here’s to Hard Workers

To the editors: I appreciated “Gun Man,” by Bryan Miller [July 8]. I particularly appreciated the analysis of Mr. Zangrilli’s ultimate goals (i.e., whether he is devoted to civil rights and sees the right to own a handgun as a civil right, or whether he is devoted to the right to own a handgun and […]