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Gun Points

To the editors. Three days after your article about Jim Zangrilli (Reader; July 8), the person in question had a letter that appeared in the July 11 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. Zangrilli was protesting the confiscation of a handgun without benefit of a warrant for the search. This protestation is about the only thing […]

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The City File

“If in summer, you feel a need for a new, exciting experience,” writes Yvonne Henze in Natural Area Notes (June 1988), “let me suggest what I have enjoyed for years. Spend an early morning in a marsh–a crane marsh if you can find one–watching the sun come up and spread over the marsh. It is […]

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SROs for Profit

To the editors: We wanted to clarify a false impression that came out of David Fremon’s commendable story on Single Room Housing in the June 10, 1988 Reader. The future well-being of Single Room Occupancy housing (SROs) does NOT depend on whether not-for-profit groups acquire and operate these properties. Ninety-Nine percent of all SROs in […]

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A whiff of violence, a touch of grace: Magic Slim and John Primer play both ends of the blues

One of the most profound and beautiful things about the blues is its acknowledgment of the synergy between opposites. At its best, the blues celebrates and understands that pain and joy, violent aggression and expressions of love (especially sexual love), and hopelessness and faith complement one another as elements of a single whole. An artist […]

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Field & Street

The last 40 years of the 19th century must have been an extraordinarily exciting tune for anyone with an interest in biology. The publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859 gave naturalists, as they called themselves in those days, a powerful new interpretive tool. Suddenly the facts they had been patiently collecting for two […]

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Sex and Death in Chile

THE PRAYING MANTIS Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at Bailiwick Repertory Mimosa blossoms perfuming moonlit haciendas. Stolen kisses amid the riot of carnival. A serenade of guitars, the foreplay of castanets, a hurried unloosing of lace mantillas and leather chaps. Our stereotypes of the Spanish-speaking south invariably evoke hot blood. But their own self-portraits are a different […]

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Female Trouble

MONKEY SHINES: AN EXPERIMENT IN FEAR *** (A must-see) Directed and written by George A. Romero With Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Christine Forrest, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci, and Janine Turner. You’ve got to get through a few layers of foam rubber before you reach what’s good (or better than good) […]

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A Fish Called Wanda

Charles Crichton, the septuagenarian British director who made his biggest mark with The Lavender Hill Mob in 1951, teams up with actor, cowriter, and executive producer John Cleese to make a madcap caper comedy about another large-scale robbery that is every bit as funny as its predecessor. Like many of the best English comedies, much […]

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Young Fresh Fellows

The Young Fresh Fellows play with a speedy garage-band ethos that lifts leader Scott McCaughey’s absurdist songs out of the realm of the novelty number up into pop ineffability. Their new LP, Totally Lost, isn’t the dreamy tour de force its predecessor was, but then that record, The Men Who Loved Music, is one of […]

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Run-D.M.C.

Rock ‘n’ roll as we knew it is mostly dead and gone, that’s the general consensus (among rock critics at least). Anymore, there’s only one place that raw invention, desperate energy, populist intuition, crass entrepreneurialism, and great fuckin’ beats can be heard with any regularity–on the college stations at the left of the dial, not […]

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Royal Crescent Mob

The Royal Crescent Mob are three sleazy white guys and a black drummer from Columbus, Ohio; instead of playing funked-up heavy metal, they play garagey, metal-tinged funk. They’re so good at it that when they slip from a James Brown cover into a Led Zeppelin tune it comes off with an ease and logic that’s […]