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Hughie; Before Breakfast

HUGHIE and BEFORE BREAKFAST Gare St. Lazare Players at the Royal-George Theatre I wouldn’t have thought it possible that these two Eugene O’Neill one-acts could be performed so dynamically as monologues, but stripped of all the usual trappings of realism, including scenery and props, and even without minor characters, the language speaks eloquently for itself. […]

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The Straight Dope

Why do geese always fly in a V? And how do they figure out which goose will be the one in front? –Khia Willis, Baltimore You ever try to organize geese into, say, a Q? They’re not exactly rocket scientists, you know. Some geese can’t even manage a V, preferring to fly in a diagonal […]

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The City File

“Downstate definitely is the road less traveled,” writes Glenn Coleman in Chicago Enterprise (August 1988). “Cook County alone generates nearly 70 percent of the state’s estimated $8.6 billion in travel-related income.” These numbers don’t have much effect on state lawmakers, however, who require the Illinois Office of Tourism to spend half its $10 million advertising […]

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Leaders

The roster alone tells most of the story: a front line of trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxists Arthur Blythe and Chico Freeman, supported by a rhythm section of pianist Kirk Lightsey, the incomparable bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Don Moye. And as indicated by their 1987 Jazz Fest appearance–and especially by their brand-new album on […]

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The Civil War

THE CIVIL WAR at the Vic Theatre Some of those who graduated from high school in 1968 just attended their 20th class reunion. They participated in the obligatory reunion rituals–catching up on classmates’ lives, reminiscing about tough teachers and outrageous pranks, promising to stay in touch. But they also recognized that in one way at […]

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Stereotyping Honkies

To the editors: The generalizations about white people and black people made directly and indirectly by Reverend Sampson, Lu Palmer and Thomas Todd (Fri. Sept. 2) are untrue. Reverend Sampson implied that “white folks” don’t like it when black people have political conventions. Reverend Sampson is wrong. There are many white people, including myself, who […]

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And He Can Spell

To the editors: What a fucking great article by Bill Wyman [September 2] on the Clash and the Ramones! This guy can actually write intelligently about R&R history, throw in some insights, and spell too. It has always pissed me off that the meat of your second section is music ads, yet all the Reader […]

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Riccio’s Flaw

To the editors: I could not help but be interested in Mike Miner’s recent Hot Type piece on Tom Riccio’s “parting shots” about the Chicago theater community [September 9]. As Tom’s artistic coordinator for the first two years of his tenure in this city I had a unique perspective from which to watch his relationship […]

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Prince

Despite an occasional weak album (like Lovesexy, the one this tour is named after) and significant personal shortcomings (like his bullshit apocalyptic worldview), Prince has grown so much both as a musician and as a pop persona since his debut album ten years ago that he is now easily the most dynamic pop star of […]