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Young Lennon

THE LENNON PLAY: IN HIS OWN WRITE Temporary Theater Company at the Okefenokee Playhouse “I can’t remember if I cried . . .”–Don McLean, “American Pie” Yes, I cried when I heard about John Lennon’s assassination. I remember that moment very clearly, though it’s not a what-were-you-doing-when-Kennedy-was-shot sort of memory. That is, it doesn’t seem […]

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The City File

Ingredients of broadcast journalism. WBBM AM’s Donn Pearlman tells his story to the Naperville City Star (July 27): “In 1965, when he worked for $1.25 an hour at a 500-watt station in Lawrence, Kansas…the boss required that he tend a herd of cattle in a field right outside the control room. Right on the program […]

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Correctional Errors

To the editors: Thank you for your thought provoking and insightful article “A Capital Blunder” (July 28, 1989). As a psychiatrist with the Dwight Correctional Center, I unfortunately can vouch that the judicial system makes its share of blunders, where decisions are based on emotions and not on truth. I have been working for the […]

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Field & Street

A pair of loggerhead shrikes nested this year at Fermilab near Batavia in Kane County. Vicky Byre of the Chicago Academy of Sciences first saw them in early May. By May 18 there were eggs in their nest, and on June 8 five young birds were fledged. This is good news, because the loggerhead shrike […]

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Destroy Pop Music

To the editors: Why did you waste an entire page of last week’s paper on Ted Cox’s “New Order” article [August 4]. Cox would have done better had he traced the “gross, self-aggrandizing performance of Johnny Rotten and Public Image, Ltd.” to its origins. After all when Rotten gets onstage with a heavy suntan and […]

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Light Opera Works

Patience is not one of those Gilbert and Sullivan hits that travel particularly well across the Atlantic. After all, an aesthetic movement is hardly as universally identifiable a topic for lampoon as, say, foreign potentates or the nouveau riche. One probably has to be a die-hard Victorian scholar to appreciate jabs at such Pre-Raphaelite pretensions […]

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Ode to a Railroad Station

To the editors: I enjoyed Peter Friederici’s article on John Wells very much in today’s issue [Calendar, August 11], and I look forward to seeing Mr. Wells’ railroad photos at the Public Library Cultural Center. The article reminded me, of course, of Brassai, the great Rumanian-born photographer of old Paris. One of Brassai’s closest friends […]

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A Little Night Music

The costs of staging a full-scale musical with professional singers and instrumentalists are prohibitive for all but a handful of large theaters in the area. For those audiences (and performers) who want more musicals than they’re getting, one alternative is a concert staging, in which the cast and orchestra perform the script and score of […]

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Insects Beware

To the editors: Tom Boeker is to a theatre critic what a bug zapper is to an entomologist. He casts a dim, odd light, makes sporadic and energetic but destructive noises and adds nothing to our knowledge of the species. His recent review of “Tiny Tot Mystic” at Sarantos Studios is a case in point […]

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Rosmersholm

ROSMERSHOLM Arcane Endeavors Rosmersholm isn’t one of Ibsen’s major works, and that’s about the only good thing I have to say about it. Frankly I think it’s a bore. And to note that it’s not monumentally boring, like some of Ibsen’s major dramas, constitutes faint praise. I imagine that the most ardent Ibsen scholars start […]

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What’s Wrong With Chicago Magazines?

To the editors: Michael Miner’s “Does the Tribune Love Its Free-lancers?” (Hot Type, August 11) asked an important question: Why can’t Chicago sustain its magazines? It is doubly important because it appears that Chicago is having a hard enough time sustaining two newspapers whose faculties of social judgment are almost identical. If, for whatever reason, […]

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To Have and Have Not

SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Steven Soderbergh With Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, and Peter Gallagher. As its lowercase title suggests, sex, lies, and videotape is an example of lowercase filmmaking: lean, economical, relatively unpretentious (or at least pretentiously unpretentious), and purposefully small-scale. Its having walked off […]

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Drug-free zone: Bucktown neighbors take back their block

For months the gangs had been dealing cocaine and heroin from the weather-beaten nine-flat and the two-flat across the street, when the residents of Bucktown rebelled. They marshaled their forces–a Catholic brother, whose light-brown beard barely conceals his baby face, an Alinsky-style organization, and a lot of gumption–and waged an attack replete with protest marches, […]