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It’s quite simple really. Just combine a fondness for classic jazz composers (e.g., Monk, Roland Kirk, and Sonny Rollins) with a sensibility that allows for elasticized solo sections, the occasional synthesizer foray, and a goofily clever humor; include evocative newer pieces by the likes of Ornette Coleman and even Robert Fripp; fashion a vibrant sound […]

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High Stakes Revisited

To the editors: I enjoyed reading the lengthy profile of Philip Corboy in your most recent issue [March 3]. Your readers may recall that a significant portion of the article dealt with the case of Randy Block, the law professor who suffered locked-in syndrome as a result of a truck driver blowing a stop sign. […]

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Critics have been creaming their jeans over the Go-Betweens for nearly ten years. The Australian combo is led by songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, who took their name (one assumes) from Joseph Losey’s moody, heavily symbolic movie. The pair have dispensed with the moodiness in favor of an ever-more-crystalline pop production, but they’ve retained […]

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Anarcho-Syndicalists for Evans

To the editors: Thank you for running Doug Cassel’s article, “Is Tim Evans for Real?” [March 17]. When I was recruited as a volunteer for the Evans campaign, by unacquainted friends living in different wards, I was skeptical. I consider myself an anarcho-syndicalist. I’ll be pragmatic and vote, but work for a politician? Me? Tim […]

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A Crime and a Sin

To the editors: In a fiery little speech directed against Rich Daley, Eddie Vrdolyak recently referred to an artwork involving an American flag placed on the Art Institute’s floor as a “crime” and a “sin.” I think such language would better describe the murder of Selena Johnson by her husband, Ed, and the Chicago Police […]

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King Lear

Jean-Luc Godard’s zany, English-speaking quasi adaptation of the Shakespeare play has the most complex and densely layered use of Dolby sound in movies, and this screening offers one the first chance in Chicago to hear it properly. The “itinerary” of the film–one can’t quite consider it a plot–involves a post-Chernobyl view of culture in general […]

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Bar Fight

It was a standard barroom argument. But it happened in the bar of the Heartland Cafe, the Rogers Park watering hole for refugees from an earlier, earthier era. On this Thursday night, the female bartender broke with barroom tradition–which dictates that the bartender, in concert with a few hunch-shouldered regulars, decides which sports event the […]

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Les Miserables

LES MISERABLES at the Auditorium Theatre At last, two years after it opened in New York, it’s come to Chicago. It’s an event, a spectacle, a dress occasion, an opera, and a musical. It’s Les Miserables! I don’t know. I don’t get it. Maybe if I’d seen the original Royal Shakespeare Company production–the one with […]

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Religious Experiences

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE at Saint Paul’s United Church March 6 THE CITY MUSICK at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall March 12 Holy Week came a bit early this year for Music of the Baroque and the City Musick. In early March Music of the Baroque presented Bach’s Saint John Passion, and the City Musick presented the […]

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Old News

To the editors: After paging through the cover section of your March 17 issue I was vaguely bemused; not by any particular item, but rather by the whole. I looked again and found a feature article on a book about LSD in which the CIA was repeatedly mentioned. There was one review of Bob Dylan […]