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Dressed Up and Going Nowhere

To the editors: I am writing to thank you for George Grass’ review [October 21]. It was refreshing to hear from a critic with enough integrity to allow himself not to be taken in by the Lyric Mafia, whose campaign included two articles in the program itself trying to bully patrons into accepting adolescent witlessness […]

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In the Eye of the Beholder

THE COLD EYE (MY DARLING, BE CAREFUL) *** (A must-see) Directed by Babette Mangolte Written by John Barth With Kim Ginsburg, George Deem, Powers Boothe, Saskia Noordhoek-Hegt, Ella Troyano, James Barth, Maggie Grynastyl, and Valda Setterfield. Cathy, a young painter living in New York, is the central character in The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be […]

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Religious Intolerance

To the editors: After reading Grant Pick’s overly sympathetic article about the religious leafleteers, “This Could Be Your Last 5 Minutes Alive!” (Oct. 14), I’d like to speak up for the “heathens.” To begin with, how dare these people accost me in public to tell me that I am going to burn in hell because […]

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Persecution Is Relative

To the editors: I appreciated most of Tom Boeker’s criticism of The Puppetmaster of Lodz [October 21] but it makes me very angry when people make relativist statements like the Holocaust can be compared to the Israeli’s treatment of Palestinians! Hogwash! The Israelis have not stuck Palestinians into gas chambers or slave camps. In keeping […]

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Onion City Film Festival

Now that Chicago Filmmakers is mainly neglecting new experimental work in favor of documentaries and other Chicago venues are dealing with this area of cinema only intermittently, occasions to keep abreast of the latest developments in this branch of film art are becoming fewer and fewer. All the more reason to be grateful that the […]

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Sonic Youth

When this band started out in 1981 they were as uselessly “shocking” as the worst of the cut-and-dried underground of then or now. Their big hit at the time was “Death Valley ’69,” a typical droney, doomy replay of the Manson murders that was about as illuminating as your average TV mini series. They, like […]

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Anthony Newley

Anthony Newley’s dual talent as singer and songwriter–a common enough combination in rock–made him a rarity in the musical theater of the 1960s. As coauthor (with Leslie Bricusse) and star of two of that decade’s finest shows–Stop the World, I Want to Get Off and The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd–Newley […]

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The Sports Section

The Bears are a team held captive by its own recent achievements. They have one of the best three-year, regular-season records in National Football League history, but their two play-off losses in those three years–their failures–cast doubt on their claim to be one of the NFL’s great teams. Having been to the Super Bowl once, […]

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Hitting the Skids

ORWELL DOWN AND OUT Bailiwick Repertory Like any truly half-literate leftist, I’ve read a lot about George Orwell but very little by him. It seems to me I remember carrying 1984 around with me in high school, but I can’t be sure whether I opened it or not. The images that come to mind when […]

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The Straight Dope

A while ago I read your column concerning the effects of hot tea on styrofoam cups. Being an avid tea drinker myself, I was reminded of something. I work at the local public library where, in the staff lounge, there is an automatic dispenser for boiling water. When it broke recently, I had to start […]

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Red Rodney

Bird–the film–is out, detailing the tragedy and triumph of Charlie Parker. And that means that “Chood”–the nickname of Robert Chudnick, aka Red Rodney, the young white trumpeter who came under Charlie Parker’s spell in the late 1940s–is once again in. Rodney replaced Miles Davis in Parker’s band and proved himself the most compatible of Parker’s […]