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More Black Talk

To the editors: A comment on Steve Bogira’s response to Elizabeth Jones’ letter [March 31], which criticizes Bogira’s use of stereotypical black speech and racist/sexist images in his February 17 article, “The Press: Beautiful Women”: as another black woman living in Evanston I, too, was offended by Bogira’s article, and I was further offended by […]

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Marek’s Monkey

MAREK’S MONKEY Chicago Dramatist’s Workshop Marek’s Monkey is one of those near soap operas in which every character suffers from, grapples with, and ultimately solves–or at least acknowledges–some major problem in her or his life. Sarah Hughes can’t adjust to the fact that she is getting older and that her husband, once a highly respected […]

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The Sports Section

Spring is a time of healing and rejuvenation, and for many of us baseball is its most soothing balm. Walking past Wrigley Field in the dead of winter can remind us that summer is inevitable, but too often the thought is lost because we’re hustling past the park looking at our feet; for the moment, […]

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Accomplice to Censorship

To the editors: Michael Miner’s article “Salsa Si! Castro No!” [Hot Type, April 7] on the current controversy over the City’s invitation to the Cuban group Orquesta Aragon to perform at the Viva Chicago festival was a disservice to the cause of freedom of expression. It perpetuates old myths about the monolithic position of the […]

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84 Charlie Mopic

The title refers to a cameraman (Byron Thames) who accompanies a six-man reconnaissance unit in the central highlands of Vietnam in 1969 (“Mopic” is an abbreviation for “motion picture”). A tour de force, this first feature by Patrick Duncan shows us only what the cameraman records–an intensely physical rendering of the unit’s experiences on a […]

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Mr. Hansen’s Hospital

To the editors: The April 7th cover story of the Reader featured an in-depth interview with Terrence Hansen, Chief Administrator at Cook County Hospital. The tenor of the piece was that much of the public criticism of the hospital was unjustified. Mr. Hansen was quoted as saying, “Nobody ever gives us names, nobody ever gives […]

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She’s leaving home: Heather Booth looks back on 25 years of struggle

Her bags aren’t packed yet, but friends and political allies are on the phone. The word has slowly leaked that Heather Booth–one of Chicago’s premier political and community organizers–is leaving town. Her husband, Paul Booth, has already left; he’s in Washington, D.C., where he’ll work as director of field services for the American Federation of […]

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Our Superior Skinheads

To the editors: Your “Skinheads” article [March 24] was a revelation. It was absorbing, riveting, sad, scary and didn’t compromise its integrity with a “happy ending.” It was everything that wretchedly-done Rolling Stone profile (on skinheads) was not. Rolling Stone’s article was leadenly-written, boring, skimpy, and about as stimulating as watching blades of grass grow. […]

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Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper

Guy from a paper in Phoenix wanted a picture of Mojo Nixon wearing a T-shirt from the music conference we were attending in Austin. Mojo, sweaty and drained after a typically hellacious set on a sweltering Texas night, agreed to pose. I was conned out of my shirt. The picture was taken, and everyone was […]

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Father and Sons

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER at the Arie Crown Theater April 19-23 Alvin Ailey didn’t give us much that was new this year, but the old news was good. I saw two distinctly different programs, one an all-Ailey evening in which the most recent work was nearly 20 years old, the other a showcase for […]

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Evans and Cokely

To the editors: According to Doug Cassel [March 17], Tim Evans was the one black public official who had spoken out “appropriately and immediately” on the anti-Semitic rantings of Steven Cokely. “I abhor any statements or any comments that are anti-Semitic,” said Evans. I don’t know who Cassel is trying to fool, but I suspect […]

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America Lite

AMERICA LITE Second City ETC The title of this alleged comedy revue pretty much says it all. As the Dan Quayle look-alike in the cast (Michael McCarthy) puts it, “America Lite, because you’re too busy for democracy.” But really, only about half of the 20 skits in this revue constitute a satire of the superficial […]

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Department of Ethnic Slurs

To the editors: Mr. Groening’s “Life in Hell” comic strip in the Reader March 31st was rude and insulting to all those of Lithuanian descent. Among his so-called proverbs to live by, Mr. Groening threw in a supposedly thoughtful, supposedly Polish proverb denigrating Lithuanians. Not one of the other so-called proverbs was directed at any […]

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Powwow Highway

The unusual thing about this pleasant (if at times formulaic) shaggy-dog road movie set in Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, and environs is that it’s all about contemporary Cheyenne Indians. The story of a huge traditionalist Cheyenne named Philbert (Gary Farmer) and his beat-up wreck of a car (purchased with pot), which he regards as […]