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Acute Schizophrenia

JOFFREY BALLET at the Civic Center for Performing Arts March 28-April 2 If institutions can suffer the same diseases as individuals, then the Joffrey Ballet is afflicted with acute schizophrenia. Watching a program that includes both poles of the company’s repertory–the revival of Balanchine’s 1932 Cotillon and Gerald Arpino’s 1983 Round of Angels, for instance–produces […]

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Randy Newman

Call him the Sixth Wilbury: like a whole bunch of graying rockers, Randy Newman has had a career revivification courtesy of former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne, whose sprightly production gave much of Newman’s latest album, Land of Dreams, its oomph. But it must have been hard for Newman, who ten years ago reamed […]

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More on Futurists and Fascism

To the editors: Anthony Adler seems to have totally missed Loren Kruger’s point (Feb. 24th Letters) which was to take issue with the statement he made in Feb. 3rd’s Reader [“A Hard Man to Know”] concerning Stage Left’s calling themselves Neo-futurists: “Whether they are that is debatable–and also less than desirable, given the first Futurists’ […]

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Well-Done Debut

PARENTS *** (A must-see) Directed by Bob Balaban Written by Christopher Hawthorne With Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Bryan Madorsky, Sandy Dennis, Juno Mills-Cockell, Kathryn Grody, Deborah Rush, and Graham Jarvis. Having already opened and speedily closed in both Los Angeles and New York, Parents arrives in Chicago under a bit of a cloud. Brilliant […]

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A Tree Goes in Woodstock

To the editors: We read your Neighborhood News story about Nancy Sreenan and the bureaucratic “runaround” she contended with, trying to recycle one Christmas tree [February 10]. In Woodstock, the story would have run quite differently. On December 20, 1988, one City Council member moved that the city recycle the Christmas trees it collects curbside, […]

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Unfair to Evanston Yuppies

To the editors: As an Evanston resident, I was impressed with your treatment of the Evanston racial steering incident recently reported in the Neighborhood News column [March 3]. After living in Wilmette for six months, my husband and I moved to Evanston with the hopes of finding a more diverse, liberal group of neighbors. There […]

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On Trees and Taxes

To the editors: There are many objectionable assertions and implications in the “Neighborhood News” column of February 17: i.e., that suburban sprawl is a defensible pattern of land use, that the convenience of motorists should be a paramount consideration of urban planning, and that woods are undesirable in that they serve as cover for the […]

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Adolescence Unleashed

UBU ROI Chicago Actors Ensemble THE MARY-ARRCHIE KID’S SHOW Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company Do not say: “When I was young I used to play”–Play! and be young –a motto, printed on the cover of Let’s Sing Pessach Songs, by Adi Sulkin. “Fuck me fuckface til I faint.” –adolescent Portnoy’s favorite line of English prose, from Portnoy’s […]

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Beware ther Revenge of the Domers

To the editors: Regarding Ed Zotti’s “Local Color: The Irish Problem” [March 17], I too fell under the influence of a woman from St. Mary’s–a card-carrying member of the Notre Dame women’s auxiliary–and for your sake I urge a complete renunciation of Zotti’s heresy. The furor over Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses is as nothing compared […]

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The Straight Dope

Why am I having a hard time finding the word “callipygian” in the dictionary? No one I ask seems to know what it means. –Kurt Jacobsen, U.S.A. One of my favorite words, callipygian. Means “having shapely buttocks.” As opposed to steatopygous, or “fat-assed.” Lends that little touch of class to your locker-room conversations, I’ve often […]

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Risky Behavior

To the editors: I read with great interest Cecil Adams’s column of December 9 regarding AIDS. I wish to respond to several points. First, you discussed “high-risk behavior” within “high-risk groups.” High-risk behavior is high-risk behavior, no matter who is participating! Many people who are perceived to be in “high-risk groups,” such as gay people […]