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Laugh, Inc.

LAUGH, INC. at the Apple Tree Theatre Laugh, Inc. is essentially a Second City rip-off–not too surprising, since four of its six members are graduates of the Players Workshop. But in this city, where new comedy/improv ensembles spring up each week, most groups do try to find some way of personalizing the training and developing […]

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The City File

“Just what kind of garbage are the periodicals we most often read best equipped to wrap?” wonder the editors at Chicago’s Catholic bimonthly Call to Action News (June 1989). “The Wall Street Journal, we found, is best used for lamb chop bones, bits of parsley, and olive pits from two-martini power lunches. The National Enquirer, […]

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Leola

After a long and successful career in day care, Ruby L. Oliver made this, her first feature, in her late 40s. Now receiving its world premiere, it’s a remarkable debut: assured, highly focused, surprisingly upbeat considering the number of problems that it addresses without flinching–and conceivably the best low-budget Chicago independent that I’ve seen. Set […]

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Power of the Press

To the editors: Thanks for Ben Joravsky’s piece (7-14-89) in Neighborhood News about the soon to become de jure friendly, to Tribune Company, confines of their beer sanctuary, Wrigley Field. It’s refreshing to see Tribune Co., as well as their ball team, exposed to some light. Joravsky writes, “But last month the General Assembly (once […]

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Unfair to Where

To the editors: I have taken offense to the way in which Michael Miner refers to Where Magazine in his story “What’s Going On at Inside Chicago” [Hot Type, July 7]. He states, “Loeser, who had been dying on the vine at a little tourist sheet called Where.” Allow me to tell you why Where […]

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Phil in the Blanks

To the editors: Thanks to Florence Levinsohn’s article (“A Well-Connected Man,” 14th July), I’m now aware of Phil Krone’s many qualities. I know that he’s a powerful man. I also now know that he’s a big influence in city politics, though the soothing tone of the piece leaves me unconvinced that this is necessarily a […]

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Say the Right Thing

It’s readily apparent by now that Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is something of a Rorschach test as well as an ideological litmus test, and not only for the critics. It’s hard to think of another movie from the past several years that has elicited as much heated debate about what it says and […]

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Past Due

To the editors: The Illinois courts recently sided with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) in its lawsuit challenging the excessive summer rates Commonwealth Edison customers paid last year. Despite a crystal clear court ruling that said the rates were unfair and illegal, Com Ed is refusing to refund more than $158 million it overcharged customers. […]

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The Sports Section

After the rainfall Saturday night, the Cubs do not take batting practice Sunday morning. Wrigley Field is quiet as the New York Mets’ Keith Hernandez trots around the bases (working to rehabilitate his ailing knee), while Mitch Williams and Les Lancaster warm up in front of the Cubs dugout. Down in the dugout, encircled by […]

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Laughing and Losing With Phil Krone

To the editors: Sure, Man-About-World Phil Krone is a genius [July 14]. That’s a given. More important, he is a legendary Chicago character, similar to the late Vince Garrity, the eminent gate crasher, or Studs Terkel. Democrat-Republican Krone worked in my GOP campaign for Congress in 1962 and I chaired his non-partisan aldermanic election committee […]

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Blacklight Film Festival

The eighth edition of the annual festival of black independent film continues through Thursday, August 17, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, 443-3737; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, 281-4114; and at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 871-6604. Tickets are $5, $3 for Blacklight members; admission to the Music […]