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Somalia, Etcetera

SOMALIA, ETCETERA Theater Oobleck Somalia is that unlucky nation on the eastern coast of Africa that has been a hellhole of drought, starvation, war, disease, you name it, as long as anyone can remember. They have one doctor for about every 26,000 people. Somalia is a bad place to be born, but a likely enough […]

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Dig, Volley, Spike!

DIG, VOLLEY, SPIKE! Footsteps Theatre Company at the Hemenway United Methodist Church Penny O’Connor’s Dig, Volley, Spike! contains elements of the “heroes lose, heroes work hard, heroes win” plot utilized in countless novels, plays, and films. A bunch of motley, sad-sack rookies/recruits/amateurs/nerds overcome great obstacles to become a smoothly functioning team of athletes/soldiers/cops/dancers; after an […]

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Episcopal Extremists

To the editors: I have a number of reasons for having been fascinated by Bryan Miller’s article “Is Nothing Sacred?” [June 9]. Christened into the Church of England, I joined an Episcopal parish when I moved to the United States fifteen years ago. Since then I have attended both St. Paul’s-by-the-Lake, home to many of […]

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Undermining Authority

SURNAME VIET GIVEN NAME NAM *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Trinh T. Minh-ha. How many, already, have been condemned to premature deaths for having borrowed the master’s tools and thereby played into his hands? –Trinh T. Minh-ha Uncertainty is a difficult premise on which to build a documentary, although there are times when […]

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Gossip Was Her Business

To the editors: Ken Towers, executive editor of the Sun-Times, in a statement in his paper said that the dismissed Ann Gerber was hired as a free-lance “society columnist” [Hot Type, June 9]. Towers knew, or should have known, that Ann Gerber was a “gossip columnist.” For in every publication of her column in the […]

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Telemarketing

You’re sitting down, about to enjoy a meal. Or maybe you’ve just put your feet up after a hard day. Or perhaps you’ve gone to sleep and have your passport ready for a trip to REM-land. The phone rings. Like the Pavlovian dog that most of us are, you answer it. On the other end […]

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More on the DJ Ballet

To the editors: We take this opportunity to inform you of the reasons for our picketing actions at the Bolshoi Ballet’s appearance at the Civic Opera House May 26-28, 1989 [Our Town, June 9]. We were astounded to learn that this prestigious company perpetrated what we consider an artistic fraud on Chicago’s balletomanes by using […]

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Arditti String Quartet

It was 40 years ago that Pierre Boulez wrote his revolutionary Livre pour quatuor, a string quartet so technically tortuous that it took nearly six years for a performance to happen, and even then only the first two movements were performed. The complete performance of the work took place no sooner than 1985, on the […]

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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 […]