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Andy’s Gang

To the editors: Andy Warhol was the supreme purveyor of form without substance, the art world’s paramount cult of personality. I had hoped that with his death the sycophants who danced to his beat and dominated the media would find more appropriate things to do; selling Amway, perhaps. But the cult of Warhol remains as […]

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Bleacher Bums

BLEACHER BUMS Organic Theater Once upon a time in a Chicago far, far away, a small, poor theater group with a penchant for creating shows based on improvisation and ensemble work put together a play about a group of Cubs fans, dubbed the “bleacher bums” by the press, whose outrageousness and fierce loyalty to the […]

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Episcopal Expose

To the editors: Thank God somebody has finally had the guts to tell the TRUTH about the shit that’s been happening in the Episcopal Church [“Is Nothing Sacred?” June 9]! Kudos to the Reader for publishing it and even more to Bryan Miller for writing it. Hope she doesn’t get excommunicated by the “Friends of […]

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The Straight Dope

Forget cremation, forget embalming–when I go, I want to go in style. For some time now, I’ve been wondering how to get my mortal remains fossilized. I know that soft tissue doesn’t normally fossilize, but there must be some exceptions: for example, the Petrified Forest in Arizona. What kind of conditions are necessary, and how […]

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Why Students Fail

To the editors: Re: 5-19-89 Neighborhood News: “Is the School System Shortchanging Hispanic Students?” I’ve been a teacher for 8 yrs–mostly in Chgo. Hispanic schools. I can assure you that the #1 reason children fail is because they refuse to make the effort. More money and new schools would be great but if kids refuse […]

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The City File

This building suitable for recycling. A new interdisciplinary operation at the University of Illinois is called the Degradable Plastics Laboratory. “The press and the pollsters take for granted that there is a public and that it has opinions,” writes Jay Rosen in the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (June 1989). Not true. For instance, […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

It is sobering to realize that James Levine is opening his 16th season as Ravinia’s music director this week, for it seems like only yesterday that this unknown, bushy-haired wunderkind from Cleveland was jumping in at a few days notice for an indisposed Istvan Kertesz. The rest, as they say, is history, and we have […]

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Insatiable

Prader-Willi syndrome is a little-known birth disorder characterized by obesity, short stature, slight retardation, and an uncontrollable craving for food. If not watched carefully, persons afflicted with it can literally eat themselves to death.

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George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band

The Swiss pianist and composer George Gruntz started this project in 1972 as a “band of friends,” and with friends like this, who needs phonographs? This edition of the GGCJB features some of the European and American soloists from the 1987 tour that landed them in Chicago, a solid primer of modern jazz technique and […]