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Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff

Like peanut butter and jelly, stocks and bonds, or spandex and Cher, Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff would seem to belong together by dint of natural law. But it wasn’t until 1986, when Milestone Records invented the pairing for a funkified winner called Soul Survivors, that alto saxist Crawford and organist McGriff fell into each […]

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The Nerd

THE NERD at the Royal-George Theatre In Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, produced earlier this fall at the Royal-George, an intelligent young career woman with a wisecracking but lonely best friend coped with her ambivalent romantic feelings for a man who was part sensitive nice guy and part insensitive lout. Burn This has since headed to […]

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Runaway Ham

DARK EYES * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov Written by Alexander Adabachian and Nikita Mikhalkov With Marcello Mastroianni, Silvana Mangano, Marthe Keller, and Elena Sofonova. Nikita Mikhalkov is little known in the U.S. except on the festival circuit, where films like An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano, Five Evenings, and Oblomov have earned […]

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The Sports Section

In the second quarter of last Sunday’s game, before the score got out of hand, the Detroit Lions’ quarterback, Chuck Long, dropped back quickly to pass. It was a short drop; he looked, found his man, and fired the ball. Pete Mandley, perhaps the most dangerous of a dangerous corps of receivers, was wide open […]

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Miss Dessa

MISS DESSA Chicago Theatre Company Shirley Hardy-Leonard certainly knows how to please an audience, but that doesn’t mean she knows how to write an effective play. In Miss Dessa, Hardy-Leonard has created caricatures instead of characters. She has given them platitudes and laugh lines to deliver instead of incisive dialogue. She has put them in […]

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Dream Variation

DREAM VARIATION Kuumba Theatre at Malcolm X College Theatre There’s no place like home. –Dorothy Gale, in The Wizard of Oz. Home has long been a powerful symbol in this land of immigrants, an idea that cuts across all racial, ethnic, and class divisions. Home is a fixed notion for a constantly mobile people. Americans […]

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Expectations

EXPECTATIONS Victory Gardens Warm X-mas Fuzzies: First, grease the pan. I mean really grease it. Fine. Now put on your dead mother’s floral print apron and check out the pantry for stuff that no one has eaten for years. Among others, ingredients should include one bucket of Kansas corn flour, a pinch of salt of […]

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Fare Hearing

The reverend is wearing a gas mask. He holds his protest sign high for the cameras. He wants to be seen on television. He’s a self-ordained minister. We also have here a self-proclaimed prince and a God-anointed presidential candidate and defender of American democracy. They’ve come to have their say! They don’t want to have […]

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Ethics? For Journalists? Is Casey Bukro Serious?; Labor and Capital; Editors in Space

Ethics? For Journalists? Is Casey Bukro Serious? The Society of Professional Journalists just took on its own code of ethics. The code lost. The society is the nearest journalism comes to an American Bar Association or American Medical Association, but that isn’t very near. Few journalists we know belong; the Chicago chapter, which ranges from […]

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Sign o’ the Times

Prince’s concert film–deftly and seamlessly integrating live performances in Antwerp and Rotterdam last summer with thematically related interludes shot in his Minneapolis studio–starts fairly effectively and builds steadily from there. Leroy Bennett’s lighting and production design and Peter Sinclair’s cinematography both help to make this a rousing show, full of sound and fury and signifying […]

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No One Knows How; Alphonse

NO ONE KNOWS HOW Gallery Theatre Company ALPHONSE at Chicago Historical Bookworks “Innocent crimes” is the phrase Luigi Pirandello uses to describe the events in his play No One Knows How. Misdeeds, little murders, committed by impulse, in a dream state–sometimes in dreams only, though sometimes in material reality; sometimes quite deliberately, but with the […]