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Barbie Army

It’s a little surprising to me how good these women are, because, in some ways, the promo tape they sent me is no different from all those tapes I’ve heard by local, run-of-the-mill underground bar bands who do little else than go through the motions. For one thing, their musical wardrobe contains some pretty standard […]

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TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM *** (A must-see) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Written by Arnold Schulman and David Seidler With Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest, Mako, and Dean Stockwell. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST *** (A must-see) Directed by Martin Scorsese Written by Paul Schrader With Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, […]

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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History/Films by Jane Campion

One hundred and two cane toads were brought into Queensland, Australia, in 1935 with the hope that they would get rid of sugar-cane grubs. The toads quickly overran the countryside, eating everything except cane grubs. In this documentary featurette, filmmaker Mark Lewis extracts as much grim humor as possible from this problem–which persists–with all its […]

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Blue August

“I am a spirit of no common rate, the summer still doth tend upon my state –A Midsummer Night’s Dream In the summer there were ghosts in the deep shaded lanes between the trees, that swam in the swimming air, in the delectable grace and case of the land. The ghost of Elvis came in […]

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The Straight Dope

Why do all cereals have the same number of calories per serving, regardless of what’s in them? I have scrutinized countless nutrition labels over the years and have yet to see a cereal that didn’t have 110 calories to the ounce. –Listener, Dick Whittington show, KIEV radio, Los Angeles Hold it right there, buddy. Not […]

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The Other Cinderella

THE OTHER CINDERELLA Black Ensemble The story of Cinderella is full of issues relevant to small children–sibling rivalry, maternal indifference, unrecognized virtue. Fairy tales are so rich in images and associations that they can hold the attention of adults as well as children, and it’s not surprising that Jackie Taylor, the artistic director of the […]

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Twain Clash

To the editors: After reading the two letters (Reader, August 12, 1988) in response to my letter on Twain (Reader, August 5), I had to rush this letter to you. I want to prevent you from publishing similar offensive, scatological expressions against me; it is beneath the dignity of any decent person to resort to […]

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The City File

I don’t even want to think about it. One local office-and-gift store is marking down mugs, soft children’s puzzles, and “‘Anatomically Correct’ dinosaurs.” How to have a full church, according to the Chicago-based US. Parish newsletter (August 1988): remove the extra pews! “And if the pews are old but beautiful, you can sell them to […]

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Copping Out

To the editors: Your Neighborhood News on Clifton-Belmont neighbors [August 5] points out yet once again to us that the system of paid police is a failed system. And what do you do when you have a failed system? Something else. You do something else. Our paid police cannot protect us from anything, nor do […]