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Philip Glass

Since it is now commonplace for the Philip Glass Ensemble to perform elaborate theater works without Glass himself taking part, Glass recently found a unique way to compensate for the void: give solo piano recitals. On the surface this seems absurd, since the very signature of the ensemble’s sound is synthesizers (although usually mixed with […]

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Skinhead Lackeys

To the editors: I must say that I am shocked and disappointed that the Reader would allow itself to be used as a tool for the promotion of the gospel according to Bryant “Dwayne” Thomas [“Skinheads,” March 24]. As a victim of skinhead violence (I am the motorcycle rider who was stabbed and nearly died), […]

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Untouchables

Los Angeles’s unlikely answer to the ska revival of the late 70s was the Untouchables, one of those multiracial, multicultural roots-rock-ska-rap-reggae ensembles that turn your average dance club into a seething mass of bodies. For a while the group flirted with serious stardom–videos on MTV and whatnot–but never quite put themselves over in the U.S., […]

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John Hammond

John Hammond is o ne of the handful of 60s folk blues revivalists whose music has retained its relevance over the years (others include Dave Van Ronk and Andy Cohen). Beginning in New York in the early 60s, Hammond learned early on to forge his own distinctive style while remaining true to the musical spirit […]

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The Sacrament of Sacred Desecration

To the editors: Sirs, since when can a man like myself explain away God, like Thomas Sheehan does [April 21]. There are many sound scholars, sound scientists, sound thinkers who have been guided and the courage to discover because of the Holy Bible. Sheehan’s insecurity comes to the fore when he thinks he can force […]

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All’s Well That Ends Well

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Court Theatre The title of Shakespeare’s dark comedy All’s Well That Ends Well sounds suspiciously like “the end justifies the means.” And rightly so: in this play, with its Machiavellian overtones, a minor character’s remark–“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together”–is confirmed again […]

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Antigone

ANTIGONE Stage Left Theatre At the opening of the show the lights went down. They stayed down. After a minute or more passed I heard a voice from the light booth whisper “What’s wrong?” Then director Dennis McCullough called for light, hastily, apologized to the audience, and headed backstage. If the show had ended right […]

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Capsule Criticism

To the editors: Why was it necessary to point out that Diana Spinrad, the director of the play A Girl’s Guide to Chaos, is Reader’s own [Reader’s Guide to Theater, April 28; reviewed November 25]? Not that I don’t look forward to being informed about a director, yet, the fact alone that Ms. Spinrad is […]

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And Now, Jesus Mail

To the editors: In regards to your recent cover article on Thomas Sheehan’s heretical view of Christianity [April 21], I would like to make two simple points, and leave it to others to completely refute in detail Mr. Sheehan’s distorted argument against Jesus as the Anointed One of God. 1. Archaeological investigations during the course […]

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The Straight Dope

What’s the poop on this Dianetics stuff? Is it a religion, a life-view, or another P.T. Barnum scam? L. Ron Hubbard’s ads make it sound like the best thing for humanity since cable TV. However, all these years of reading your column have made us skeptical. Is it worth wasting our time and money on […]

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Let Jesus Be Jewish

To the editors: An interesting aspect of the Sheehan article [“The Gospel According to Thomas Sheehan,” April 21] is that the Professor’s simple, central thesis is obscured by a welter of strange terms, and crowded by a catalog of past and present-day theologians: phenomenology, hermeneutics, orthopraxis, historiography, implicit Christology, indifferentism, and apocalyptic crazies; Saint Augustine, […]

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If You Knew Jesus . . .

To the editors: Professor Sheehan’s “Gospel of Thomas” [April 21] may be the Gospel of Academia, but it is most assuredly not the Gospel of the Church, the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Good News which we as believers in Jesus [the] Christ proclaim is that out of total and complete love–and for no […]

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The City File

One partner to go. According to a recent Wendy’s survey, “About 10% of Chicagoland respondents either met their mate or proposed to their sweetheart in a fast food restaurant.” “Like an unforgiving mirror, Lake County reflects what’s good and what’s bad about metropolitan Chicago. High-tech manufacturing exists side-by-side with shuttered machine shops; sparkling corporate headquarters […]