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Bad Faith

To the editors: The Chicago City Council voted in bad faith when they voted down the Human Rights Ordinance for the civil rights protection of gays, lesbians, the handicapped and aged [“Homophobia,” September 23]. With a national reputation for neighborhood racism and bully politics from the Old Guard, there was a chance this fall for […]

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Orchestras in the Suburbs

To the editors: Regarding the article about Paul Freeman (September 23) and his chamber orchestra, we applaud his efforts, especially toward affirmative action for minorities. However, it should be pointed out that his group is only the newest, and not the only performing orchestra in the western suburbs. Most prominent of these is the Oak […]

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Communion and Confusion

MIND THE GAP and FOGGERINNER Mark Roth and Susan Wexler at N.A.M.E. Gallery N.A.M.E. Gallery’s double bill of premieres by Mark Roth and Susan Wexler presented two artists with markedly similar styles exhibiting greatly different levels of skill. While both performed in casual, idiosyncratic, “unrehearsed” ways, Roth exploited this informality to tenderly mesmerize his audience, […]

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Track 29

Flawed but fascinating, Nicolas Roeg’s direction of an original script by Dennis Potter (Pennies From Heaven, The Singing Detective) yields a provocative and multilayered depiction of American infantilism. In a North Carolina town, Theresa Russell plays a bored, alcoholic, and frustrated housewife married to a doctor (Christopher Lloyd) who prefers playing with his model railroad […]

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Mortal Risk

MORTAL RISK Chicago Cooperative Stage Mortal Risk, the current production at Chicago Cooperative Stage, is a courageous but flawed new work. Its subject–the general glorification of violence against women in our society–is ripe with drama, but also with potential traps. How, for example, can playwrights address the horror of rape without also exploiting it? How […]

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Mal Waldron

In one sense, it’s no surprise to find pianist Mal Waldron hooked up with saxist Marion Brown. Waldron’s history is prominently marked by collaborations with musicians–Billie Holiday, Eric Dolphy, Steve Lacy–who have relied on the visceral impact of their unique sounds, above and beyond more conventional technical considerations. That description certainly fits the elusive Brown, […]

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Coastal Disturbances

COASTAL DISTURBANCES Body Politic Theatre Three tons of sand were carted up a flight of stairs to provide Body Politic’s setting for Tina Howe’s Coastal Disturbances, a play that depicts late-summer visitors to a private Massachusetts beach. If they had put the same effort into breathing some life into the script, we’d have been spared […]

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The Straight Dope

THE TEEMING MILLIONS POUNCE In your column of August 12, you answered “no” to the question, “does an airplane have a lighter load after the passengers have consumed their food?” Have you forgotten the second law of thermodynamics? Matter cannot be converted into energy and vice versa without some loss. When the airplane passengers eat […]