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Apocalyptic Butterflies

APOCALYPTIC BUTTERFLIES Immediate Theatre Company ABC’s Thirtysomething gets a lot of flak for showing only one side of a multifaceted story. The show’s physically attractive yuppie characters are economically secure and morally sound. The Immediate Theatre Company’s production of Wendy MacLeod’s Apocalyptic Butterflies relies on the flip side of life: the petty arguments and day-to-day […]

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

To the editors: Re: 26th Aug. & 21st Oct. THE STRAIGHT DOPE. Since: E=mc2=8(3.141592654 . . . [pi]T= Infinity. Q.e.f. energy, mass (relatively), the speed of light, thermodynamics, special relativity and quantum mechanics don’t matter since they are not to the right of G, Einstein’s geodesic of gravity, the curvature of space. The change of […]

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The Straight Dope

In my bedroom I have one of those cheap little extension phones–you know, the kind you get free with three rooms of carpeting for $299.95. Instead of ringing, it makes a little electronic warble. It also makes a tenth of a warble when someone picks up the phone in another room. Now here’s the thing: […]

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Promising Prison

To the editors: The John Conroy story on minimum security at the federal correctional camp near Portage, Wisconsin, in the October 7th Reader strikes me as holding great promise for the future. Those who can handle responsibility get their chance and the taxpayer saves money. I see some of the shortcomings owed to the limited […]

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The City File

The highest-paid chief executives in Chicagoland, according to Business Week (October 21), run Comdisco (Kenneth N. Pontikes, $2 million salary per year), Bally Manufacturing (Robert E. Mullane, $1.8 million), Sears (Edward A. Brennan, $1.5 million), Abbott Laboratories (Robert A. Shoellhorn, $1.33 million), Sara Lee (John H. Bryan Jr., $1.301 million), and Waste Management (Dean Buntrock, […]

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Astonishing Stories

To the editors. I am not a constant reader of your worthy periodical. The few occasions on which I have examined it, however, showed you to be a distinctly “alternative bunch” and I liked that. By purest happenstance, I stumbled on a copy of the Friday Oct. 14 Issue, and was utterly flabbergasted by the […]

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Field & Street

When I bought my first Peterson and my first pair of binoculars, I approached birding rather gingerly. I mainly concentrated on the easy stuff: kingbirds, and great blue herons and wood ducks, birds of such striking particularity that it was almost impossible to mistake them for anything else. When I paged through the illustrations in […]

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Grant Us Art

To the editors: I am writing concerning the wisecrack made by Harold Henderson in “The City File” column dated November 4, 1988, saying “Religion is an art, isn’t it?” Mr. Henderson seems to be operating under the assumption that there is a clear distinction between the “sacred” and the “secular.” He also apparently did not […]

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Beat Abuse

LYNDA MARTHA DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 18,19,25, and 26 Lynda Martha, artistic director of the nine-year-old Lynda Martha Dance Company based in Evanston, has a gift for exploiting a single mood or movement idea in a given piece. Her dancers also move insistently with the music, on each beat, […]