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The City File

Lightning strikes more frequently than weather records based on thunder indicate, according to the Illinois Water Survey. “Between 22 and 40 percent of lightning bolts are ‘silent’–not accompanied by thunder,” reports the Nature of Illinois (Winter 1989). “This could have adverse implications for businesses like nuclear power plants, which have had to base risk analyses […]

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Edge of Sight

MARGARET JENKINS DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College April 7-8 Margaret Jenkins makes arresting, eloquent dances. Her choreography incorporates gestures so abstract they lack recognizable meaning–a freewheeling, fluid, idiosyncratic vocabulary of tensionless jumps, balances, aerial turns, and even codified, recognizable elements of ballet and modern-dance technique. Jenkins choreographs at the very threshold […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

I don’t often get worked up about a CSO program, but then it’s a rare thing for the orchestra to be performing something as adventurous and deliciously ludicrous as the Ives Fourth Symphony. It requires no less than two conductors, a full-scale symphony orchestra, a chorus, a brass band, three pianos (including one that’s been […]

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Moral Vertigo

KNUCKLE Next Theatre Company In David Hare’s all-absorbing Knuckle, the one character we never meet makes the strongest impression. It’s 1974 and Sarah Delafield, a 21-year-old nurse in a psychiatric hospital, has disappeared; last seen at a beach at Eastbourne, she left behind a purse containing two first-class railway tickets. That vanishing act sets in […]

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The Land of Everywhere

THE LAND OF EVERYWHERE Vagabond Traveling Theatre at the Playwrights’ Center In order to better judge children’s plays, I’ve started to borrow my friends’ kids. Before I went to see Josh White III and Robert C. Williams’s The Land of Everywhere, I tried to get a loan of six-year-old Daniel. His mother wanted a synopsis […]

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High Hopes

Mike Leigh’s very watchable up-to-the-minute bulletin from Thatcher England centers on a posthippie working-class couple in London named Cyril (Philip Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen), who are beautifully conceived and realized, as well as on Cyril’s mother (Edna Dore), his middle-class sister (Heather Tobias) and brother-in-law (Philip Jackson), and his mother’s yuppie next-door neighbors (Leslie […]

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Correction

In the process of editing David Moberg’s article on the financing of the Rich Daley mayoral campaign (March 31), we introduced an error: contributors Irving and William Harris are not brothers, as the published article states, but father and son. Sincere apologies to all. The editors

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Silence the Whiner

To the editors: Please refrain from allowing the “Anonymous Artistic Director” [Letters, February 3, March 31] to spout off any further about Tom Boeker. Boeker has guts, which is more than can be said about “The Whiner.” To subject anyone to anonymous threats is really low. It is cowardice of the worst sort. And so, […]

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Department of Excessive Subtlety

To the editors: Michael Miner’s critique of The Chicago Reporter article about Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed (Hot Type, April 7) is perplexing. The article, as was accurately summarized by Miner, showed how Sneed stereotypes Hispanics and their culture far more than other ethnic groups. Miner does not dispute that finding, but rather defends the […]

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Dylan and the Dead

To the editors: Please let Bill Wyman [Records, March 17] know– (1) Bob Dylan’s Real Live was recorded in Europe; not Japan, (2) Dylan did perform “Silvio” last summer at Poplar Creek, (3) Dylan has won another Grammy–yes, this might be quibbling–for liner notes for a Peter, Paul and Mary album, (4) Down in the […]

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Say Anything

At last–a teenage love story with real characters instead of cliches, poses, and attitudes. The promising directorial debut of screenwriter Cameron Crowe, the former music journalist who wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High (book and film) and The Wild Life (film), follows two very different high school graduates in Seattle–boxer Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) and […]

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Mapplethorpe at the MCA

To the editors: We at the Museum of Contemporary Art were pleased that the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, on view at the museum through April 16, received such a lengthy and thoughtful review in your March 17 issue. We do, however, request an opportunity to clarify a misconception on the part of your reviewer, Catherine Edelman, […]