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Heaven on Earth

To the editors: Florence Levinsohn (“A Special Connection with God,” September 2), misses the essence of Judaism. Judaism is a religion of redemption in this world. The Western idea of heaven as a “construct of poets and philosophers” goes back to the Platonic idea of this world being an inferior imitation of the ideal world […]

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The Straight Dope

Where is Podunk? –Thomas Gruffydd-Hunter, Dallas You’re not the first guy to wonder about this, Tomaso. As a matter of fact, the search for Podunk, the archetypal jerkwater town, is one of the great adventures of philology, which, believe me, is not a field that has great adventures in abundance. Allow me to quote from […]

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The City File

“If you believe you have a good idea, try it out on friends,” advises Paul Hawken in Success (October 1988). “If they say you have a wonderful idea, you may be in trouble: An idea everyone recognizes as great has probably arrived on the scene too late. But if your friends look confused and shrug […]

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Me and My Girl

About a year after King Edward VIII abdicated to many an American commoner, London audiences were treated to this piece of fluff about a Cockney tramp who inherits a noble title and tries to give it up to keep his fishmonger girlfriend. Me and My Girl ran for five years after its 1937 debut; its […]

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Midnight Oil

In the process of single-handedly atoning for Australia’s past contributions to popular music–the Bee Gees, Olivia Newton-John, Men at Work–Midnight Oil may come to rank with U2 as the Commonwealth’s hard-rock leaders. Like U2, the Oil has a clean muscular sound; with four musicians, however, Oil’s sound is more ornate and the arrangements more diverse. […]

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Field & Street

The onset of winter has ended the fire season in Yellowstone. The fire fighting crews borrowed from as far away as California have gone home. The controversies engendered by the National Park Service’s so-called “let it burn” policy have cooled for the time being. They will heat up again when the new Congress convenes after […]

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Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

The eighth annual edition of the Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival concludes this weekend at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets cost $4-$5.50 per show or $25 for six screenings. For program information and updates, call Chicago Filmmakers at 281-8788. THE DAYS OF GREEK GODS An archival collection of Richard Fontaine’s physique films of […]

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Independence

INDEPENDENCE Footsteps Theatre Company at Raven Theatre There should be a statute of limitations for the effects of an unhappy childhood. A point at which you no longer hear the internalized voice of a heavy parent quietly whisper, “You’re gonna mess this up too.” Consider the alternative: no matter how far you travel in time […]

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Jimmy Page

People like Jimmy Page were influential with rock’s proletariat in a way that intellectuals like Dylan or Joe Strummer could never hope to be. Part of this was an ability to cloak himself in an effete ethereality (in contrast to Robert Plant’s cartoon sexuality) that typified him as the great bodacious rock star of the […]

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The Collage Project

THE COLLAGE PROJECT Trilogy Productions at Victory Gardens Studio Theatre The Collage Project is made up of three one-act plays by Jeff Helgeson. It wants very much to be more than that. It’s a thoughtful effort, but the final product is less than the sum of its parts. Despite the solid performances here, some fine […]