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More on Steve Neal

To the editors: Not only does Chicago Sun-Times political editor Steve Neal embody the seven virtues catalogued by Michael Miner in his “Park Polemics: Why Is This Man Ranting?” (Hot Type, Sept. 1). Sure, Neal’s a troubadour of “inanity,” “sentimentality,” and “sarcasm.” Sure, Neal’s standard of journalistic professionalism includes such staples as his “carefree research,” […]

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Alley Walk

A man in a navy windbreaker is telling me about the paved area that runs north-south between the two halves of the downtown Marshall Fields, one of the few privately owned “alleys” in the Loop. “Field’s has to close it off to traffic once a year,” he says. “It’s like the Rockefeller Center in New […]

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Boy’s Life

BOY’S LIFE Griffin Theatre Company Men are all palaver and what they can get. –Lily the caretaker’s daughter in James Joyce’s “The Dead” Boy’s Life is the slick, vaguely reactionary magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America that has been telling boys for generations now how to fold the flag, how to find your […]

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One Bird With Two Tones

THE SEAGULL Touchstone Theatre at the Theatre Building THE SEAGULL Huge Theatre Company at Angel Island Two productions of The Seagull opened last week. The one by Touchstone Theatre has a slick consistency and melodramatic tone. Housed in the comfortable, air-conditioned Theatre Building, the Touchstone show looks every bit the Lake Forest subscription theater trying […]

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Clybourn Car Wash

“That Car Wash movie was just a lot of romance,” says Mario Xavier, the smooth-dressing young manager of the K&K Hand Car Wash on North Clybourn. “All we do is work around here. The business has lost its personality and isn’t very entertaining anymore.” The K&K, which operates in a dull yellow, almost adobe-style structure […]

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TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Guy Maddin With Kyle McCulloch, Michael Gottli, Angela Heck, Margaret-Anne MacLeod, Heather Neale, and Caroline Bonner. Given the murky black-and-white photography, the fascination with repulsive medical details, the loony deadpan humor, the impoverished characters and settings, and the dreamlike drift of bizarre and […]

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Morgan Emerging

CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO at Orchestra Hall July 7 and 30 GRANT PARK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Petrillo Music Shell July 15 and 16 CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Christ Universal Temple August 18 and 19 The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has two great hopes for the 90s, and neither of them is Daniel Barenboim. The choice […]