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The Satanic Reviews

To the editors: My amusement and alarm at the outraged fluttering of feathers over Tom Boeker and his theater reviews, as chronicled in 3 and 24 February Readers, prompt me to offer a few observations on the spectacle of the Critic Criticiz’d. Nothing is more galling to theater folk than unfavorable reviews. After all, being […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

After two weeks of fluffy contemporary repertoire led by yuppie guru Christopher Keene, the CSO gets back to serious business this week with a program of meaty contemporary works led by the always interesting music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin. Of particular interest is the most important orchestral work of the […]

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School Reform, Chicago-Style

To the editors: I was glad to see Grant Pick’s article on Hammond’s school-based management program [February 24]. It was an informative piece on what’s happening there and what implications Hammond’s experience might have for Chicago’s schools. Some things need clarification, however. Hammond’s school-based management was not a model for what finally passed in our […]

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Calendar

Friday 17 “The tradition of music in barbershops goes back to Elizabethan times,” says Joseph Schlesinger of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. But, he says, what Americans recognize as barbershop harmonizing is an indigenous American style from the turn of the century. Tonight, one of the society’s […]

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Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean’s 70-millimeter spectacle about T.E. Lawrence’s military career between 1916 and 1918, written by Robert Bolt and produced by Sam Spiegel and released in 1962, remains one of the most intelligent and handsome of all war epics. It is also one of the most influential–films as diverse as Patton and Apocalypse Now, and even […]

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Power and Beauty

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: THE PERFECT MOMENT Museum of Contemporary Art Robert Mapplethorpe first made his mark in the art world in the early 70s with brutally honest photographs of a sexual underground few Americans had seen or even heard of. His depictions of the gay, sadomasochistic demimonde explicitly explored the dynamic of pleasure and pain–and power. […]

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Owners

OWNERS Lifeline Theatre There’s no question Caryl Churchill was furious during the three days it took to write Owners. (She was, she says, also groggy and torn apart from the effects of a disastrous miscarriage–and it shows.) This 1972 black comedy, the British playwright’s first produced play, seethes with a vindictive, unprocessed hatred of, well, […]

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Trio Knowledge

ALL YOU CAN EAT AND OTHER HUMAN WEAKNESSES Xsight! Performance Group at MoMing Dance & Arts Center March 9-11 and 17-19 “All You Can Eat and Other Human Weaknesses,” the Chicago premiere of Xsight! Performance Group, is quite simply the most electric debut concert I’ve ever seen. A one-time-only, whacked-out performance event created by Brian […]

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Metaphysics and Slapstick

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN *** (A must-see) Directed by Terry Gilliam Written by Charles McKeown and Gilliam With John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Robin Williams, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, Jonathan Pryce, Winston Dennis, and Valentina Cortese. CHANCES ARE ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Emile Ardolino Written by Perry Howze and Randy Howze With […]

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The Sports Section

During a break in the first half of last Sunday’s Public League championship basketball game, the public-address announcer read a list of the five previous champions. “Nineteen-eighty-four Public League champion–Simeon Vocational,” he said. Screams, hoots, and applause came from various sections of the crowd. “Nineteen-eighty-five champion–Simeon.” Same response, a little bit louder. “Nineteen-eighty-six Public League […]

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Lightening Over Braddock

Subtitled A Rustbowl Fantasy, this very agreeable and funny low-budget documentary by Tony Buba, set in a steel-mill town just outside Pittsburgh, follows the decline of the area as the mills shut down, as well as Buba’s own 15-year activity as a local independent filmmaker. Concerned with union organizing, his temperamental and eccentric star “Sweet […]