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Animal Dream

ANIMAL DREAM Mom and Dad Productions at Cafe Voltaire The influence of television on a large number of recent plays has been unmistakable–little 60- to 90-minute one-set narratives with much talk and minimal action, and characters who are just ordinary confused people like us (albeit much more sensitive, articulate, and good-looking). These characters’ decisions run […]

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Carey & Lurie Bell

For a while it looked as if Carey Bell would be Chicago’s next harmonica king, following in the footsteps of his famous mentors Little Walter Jacobs and Big Walter Horton. That never happened, but his playing still shows flashes of the old brilliance: when he’s on, few can match his combination of speed-demon flights of […]

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Invasion of the Illinoisans

To the editors: I just finished reading your article on the Miller section of Gary, Indiana [Neighborhood News, June 30] and being a citizen of Miller I enjoyed it. However, I almost wish that it hadn’t appeared in print because now even more people will know that our community exists. Please allow me to explain […]

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Field & Street

Dong Lee once described himself to me as “just a kid from the rice paddies.” He came here from his native China as a young man and has now retired from a career in the post office. I met Lee while we were both walking our dogs in Horner Park. We are part of an […]

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Camp Co-op

Northeast of Kalamazoo, the fierce flat midwest begins to mellow into sandy hills. Middle-aged sugar maples and oaks arch over the county blacktop road. About 175 miles from the Loop is a gravel crossroads marked by what from a distance looks like a big white life preserver with a brown board underneath. If you slow […]

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Remedial Teaching

To the editors: Why, oh why didn’t teachers like Celia Oyler (letter of July 7) exist during my school years of the 50’s & 60’s. As I thought back, not one “teacher” left a memorable impression for having a certain creative or innovative method of transferring their interpretation of the subject to me. Granted, class […]

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Local Talent

To the editors: Here in Chicago we have a fairly healthy local music scene (no thanks to you) with hundreds of bands. In your “Reader’s Guide to the Music Scene” you advertise the clubs that offer the music (I am referring to the Rock section), but unless a band makes the Critic’s Choice (and that […]

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Baby Killers in Hell

To the editors: Matt Groening’s “cartoon” [June 9] is a caricature of traditional Catholic teaching. His pro-choice position displays an ignorance of Catholic moral teachings. If a woman who elects for an abortion feels she is doing the right thing, then she has not violated her conscience. If, however, she goes ahead with it thinking […]

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Do the Rite Thing

To the editors: In re your story “Is Nothing Sacred?” [June 9], the issue for the so-called “conservatives” is not language but rather theology. It has to do with God’s relationship to human beings and our relationship, one to another. In the American psyche there run ugly and stubborn strains of individualism and fascism. These […]

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Filling Paper

To the editors: I never meant to write about this because I know that good talent is in short supply. A little background: I fell in love with your mag while visiting in Chicago on numerous occasions, and the main reason I subscribed was David Kehr. His movie reviews were, without doubt, the best being […]

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Noises Off

Five Jefferson citations and ten months later, Pegasus Players’ inspired revival of Noises Off is running strong. The cast of Michael Frayn’s combustible backstage comedy has changed almost completely since the comedy opened, and the original Truman College setting has changed to a much more intimate stage in the Theatre Building. Meanwhile, Michael Leavitt’s staging […]