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Paul Robeson–American

PAUL ROBESON–AMERICAN ETA Creative Arts Foundation There’s no reason to make any bones about it: Paul Robeson–American is disastrously inept theater and a desecration of the memory of the man it purports to honor. Created by stage and screen actor William Marshall as a vehicle for himself, the play is being given a “world premiere” […]

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Pure Anger and Pain

THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH Next Theatre “I began drinking after the war. It was very difficult. Claude, you asked for my impression. If you could lick my heart, it would poison you.” –Itzhak Zuckerman, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, to Claude Lanzmann, in Lanzmann’s epic documentary Shoah Last winter I worked […]

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Betty Carter

“Look what I got!” screams the title of Betty Carter’s most recent album. She’s got her first major record contract in nearly 30 years; the CD reissue of several albums from her own Bet-Car label; an appearance on big-time TV (the Cosby show, this past Thanksgiving); and an exaggerated, expressionistic, and often breathtaking style that […]

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Masquerade Follies

MASQUERADE FOLLIES at Coronet Playhouse Masquerade Follies is the type of drag show in which guys in sequined evening gowns pose in front of a tinsel curtain and lip-synch to recordings of pop or show tunes. Typically, some vague attempt is made to impersonate the singer–Diana Ross, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland are favorites–of the […]

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The Straight Dope

I have never been able to figure out helicopters. The big propeller obviously makes them go up and down, but how do they go backward, forward, and sideways? I happen to know the little propeller in the back is needed to keep the helicopter from spinning like a top due to engine torque, so that […]

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The City File

Q. What’s the difference between Waste Management and most hospitals? A. Waste Management only dumps garbage. Dr. David Thomasma, of Loyola University Medical Center, reminds us that 38 million Americans don’t have adequate health insurance: “You know as well as I do that despite a federal law forbidding ‘patient dumping,’ it goes on all the […]

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The January Man

The flair of screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck) for old-fashioned, Hollywood-style characters and dialogue is put to the test in this enjoyable, ludicrous Manhattan cop thriller about tracking down a serial murderer. The situations are consistently cliche-ridden and outlandish, but somehow the stylish writing keeps things spinning. Kevin Kline is the antiestablishment former detective who’s […]

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Field & Street

A Eurasian tree sparrow has been coming to a feeder in the front yard of a house at 140th and Hoxie in south suburban Burnham. It began showing up regularly in mid-December, but its presence was not made known to the world until after the Calumet-Sand Ridge Christmas Count on New Year’s weekend. I went […]