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Temple of Dumb

Nazis are fun! Jesus is fun! Arthurian legends are fun! Third world countries are fun! Caves are fun! The Holy Grail is fun! Lots of snakes and rats and skeletons are fun! Chases are fun! Narrow escapes are fun! Explosions are fun! Indiana Jones is fun! Indiana Jones’s father is fun!

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Doubting Thomas

To the editors: I read Thomas Sheehan’s interview with great interest [April 21]. He is quite right in insisting that liberal theologians are inconsistent–they want to disbelieve the miracles of the New Testament and still hold to the uniqueness of Christ; they want to demythologize the New Testament and still have a savior of sorts. […]

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Field & Street

So where was the greenhouse effect when we needed it? This year’s statewide spring bird count ran directly into a snowstorm that in some places reduced visibility to near zero. One participant, trying futilely to count birds along the North Shore Channel, reported plaintively: “Because of the snowstorm, there was no bird activity in trees […]

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Laughable Lapses

To the editors: After reading Dennis Polkow’s recent review of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring as performed by Chicago Opera Theater [April 14], I find myself with severe doubts regarding his qualifications to critique opera. I found a number of things with which to disagree–and only one of them was a purely subjective judgement. Item. Subjective […]

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM at the Civic Center for Performing Arts May 11-13 When Arthur Mitchell and his Dance Theatre of Harlem returned from the Soviet Union last spring, they trailed clouds of glory from their triumphs in the birthplace of classical ballet. Mitchell said proudly, “There’s nothing left for us to prove.” Of course […]

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Macbeth

MACBETH Chicago Actors Ensemble As you enter the Chicago Actors Ensemble’s space on the fifth floor of Preston Bradley Community Center, an usher greets you. “Thank you,” she says in her blandest have-a-nice-day voice. “Power corrupts.” On the stage before the show, a woman in tie-dyed dance clothes moves modernly to the sounds of punk […]

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Little Bits of Bolshoi

STARS OF THE BOLSHOI BALLET at the Civic Center for Performing Arts May 25-27 There was a strong sense of deja vu about the program that the Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet presented last week. It reminded me of Geraldine Freund’s international dance festivals, which offered one dazzling star turn after another by one glittering […]

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Music Critic Blues

To the editors: I’d like to clear up a couple of points which were inadvertently muddled in the editing of my review of Rufus Thomas’s new record on Alligator, That Woman Is Poison! [May 12]. I originally described Alligator Records as “rapidly becoming a major purveyor of quality soul and roots rock vinyl, as well […]

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Social Security

SOCIAL SECURITY National Jewish Theater My landlord takes great pleasure in complaining to me about theater groups that forget that most of their regular subscribers are middle-aged or older: these companies insist on putting on plays that are too “strange and weird and depressing” for their audiences to bear. His voice becomes especially hurt and […]

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Pink Cadillac

Clint Eastwood plays a “skip-tracer” cop with a taste for impersonations who is assigned to track down a woman (Bernadette Peters) on the lam with her eight-month-old baby. The wife of an ex-con (Timothy Carhart) who is linked to a group of white supremacists (a band of misfits and speed freaks that the movie has […]

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Fire Safety

To the editors: Re: “Cat Lovers” [May 19]. How can anyone claim to be cat lovers who keeps them locked up without fire protection? It’s just a miracle that all didn’t die. Recently one half million hybrid mice died in a fire in Maine. What kind of respect do we deserve, as we allow things […]