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Fun to Read

To the editors: Does the Reader paste advertising signs on its trucks the way the other papers do? I’ll suggest one! “On environmental issues read Jerry Sullivan [bi]weekly and forget the rest. He says it all. Our Jerry can make it fun to read.” Lincoln Edmands E. 76th St.

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Speed Kills

To the editors: I have just finished reading Jack Clark’s little vignette on Chicago traffic court (Reader, January 6, 1989). Let us hope that, after the fatal traffic accident with Jack’s name on it, his fourth grade teacher delivers the eulogy. Bertrand Rice N. Sheridan

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In Defense of Therapy

To the editors: After reading “The Case Against Therapy” in the December 2, 1988 issue of the Reader I felt I must write and offer some valid points supporting the therapeutic process that should have been considered. Psychotherapy can be a very effective tool in offering a treatment to help people deal with various psychological […]

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Best of Dance & More for $1.98

BEST OF DANCE& MORE FOR $1.98 at MoMing Dance & Arts Center January 20-22 The second weekend of MoMing’s annual showcase of emerging choreographers proved frustratingly tame. These works generally lacked clarity, rigor, and insight, inching hesitantly along a well-worn path rather than mapping out new territory confidently. The notable exception was Krista Willberg’s strikingly […]

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The Men’s Room

THE MEN’S ROOM Foxworx Theatre Company Well, it can only happen once. I’ve seen the world’s worst play and lived to tell the tale. Called The Men’s Room, it’s perpetrated by Craig Nevius, a 22-year-old playwright who can only improve. Nevius has concocted a play so painfully naive, so clumsily written, that Amnesty International should […]

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On the Cusp of Science and Art

ILLUMINATIONS: A BESTIARY Rosamond Wolff Purcell at the Field Museum of Natural History FORMALDEHYDE, ETC. Rosamond Wolff Purcell, Gwen Akin and Allan Ludwig, and Jane Calvin at Catherine Edelman Gallery Dead animals are pretty neat. In each of her two current exhibitions, one at the Field Museum and the other at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, […]

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Stan Brakhage’s New Vision

NEW FILMS BY STAN BRAKHAGE Stan Brakhage has been making independent films for almost 40 years. Although his reputation is international, and he has lectured in Chicago many times, many have never heard of him. His films are completely unlike what most people call “movies”; he finances them out of his own modest income, making […]

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Strange Bedfellows

NANOU ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Conny Templeman With Imogen Stubbs, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Christophe Lidon, Valentine Pelka, Roger Ibanez, Daniel Day Lewis, and Lou Castel. WE THE LIVING *** (A must-see) Directed by Goffredo Alessandrini Written by Anton Giulio Majano With Alida Valli, Rossano Brazzi, Fosco Giachetti, Emilio Cigoli, Cesarina Gheraldi, Giovanni Grasso, […]

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The Price of Equity

THE PIANO LESSON The Goodman Theatre The Piano Lesson, the latest play by August Wilson, the man who wrote Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Pulitzer prize-winning Fences, is unfinished–as anyone who watched it fall apart in the second act could tell you. But it’s also rich in language and character, and if not thematically […]

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The Master Programmer

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Orchestra Hall January 5 and 12 It is all too sad but true that symphonic concerts are often given with little involvement on either side of the podium. On one side are the musicians, who are usually going through a score that they have done more times than most of them […]