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The City File

Triple whammy. From Greenpeace (January/February 1989): “Percentage of productive hours worked by women: 47. Percentage of world’s wages earned by women: 10. Percentage of world’s property owned by women: 1.” “Anatomically and botanically correct state symbols” are portrayed on T-shirts ($7) and sweatshirts ($15) being sold by the state Depart-ment of Conservation. Before you send […]

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Subtlety Will Get You Nowhere

To the editors: Is censorship fashionable? It certainly seems as though it’s becoming quite the trend in Chicago. Not only that, it seems the Reader feels that what people are wearing is more important than an issue as serious as censorship. I am writing about your article in Our Town titled “Beyond Boundaries” by Lynda […]

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Duet for One

DUET FOR ONE Touchstone Theatre Just before going to see Duet for One, I finished an extraordinary book called Vital Lies, Simple Truths, by Daniel Goleman. In the book, Goleman explains how we all deceive ourselves in order to alleviate the pain of anxiety. The unconscious mind, he says, filters out distressing information, allowing the […]

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Code Words

To the editors: Don Rose, in his “Political Atrocity Awards for 1988” [December 23], neglected to list one of the biggest atrocities of the year: Tim Evans’ cynical wrapping of himself in Harold Washington’s burial shroud and his equally cynical use of the word “progressive” as a racist code word for “black.” Could it be […]

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Simple Slimeballs

DANGEROUS LIAISONS ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Stephen Frears Written by Christopher Hampton With Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Mildred Natwick, and Uma Thurman. Choderlos de Laclos’ Les liaisons dangereuses, first published more than 200 years ago, is one of the greatest novels ever written, but one would never guess […]

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The Sports Section

Writing about the Bears can be difficult, because of the thick media veneer that covers the entire organization, from the lowest defensive back to Mike Ditka and on up through the ownership. They are, after all, the Bears, and this is–as painful as it is to admit–a Bears town. While the Cubs and White Sox […]

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Lovely Surprises

BEST OF DANCE & MORE FOR $1.98 at MoMing Dance & Arts Center January 13-15 Concerts featuring several choreographers are casually called “mixed bills,” but some are more mixed than others: the dances presented in MoMing’s “Best of Dance for $1.98,” and its successor “Best of Dance & More for $1.98,” are as diverse–and often […]

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Peking Opera Blues

Set in Hong Kong in 1914, Tsui Hark’s highly energetic and quickly paced comedy-thriller pits three women of different classes–a housemaid, the daughter of a warlord, and the daughter of the owner of the Peking Opera–against a group of powerful warlords. The three actresses are reportedly Hong Kong’s three most popular; the lighting and the […]

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Eliza’s Walk

PYGMALION Court Theatre Does she or doesn’t she? Go back to him, that is. The question of whether Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower seller, returns to Henry Higgins, the fanatical phonetics teacher, is one of the most famous enigmas in the English-speaking theater. In Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy, Eliza disdainfully turns her back […]