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Name That Flower

To the editors: Lawrence Bommer in re. review on Billie Holiday [September 29]–that’s gardenias for godsake, not camellias. Gardenias were her signature flower. “God Bless the Child” wasn’t exactly a gift, but more like a criticism, as her mother refused to loan her money when she needed it. As for the rest–yes. Barbara Kynette Chicago […]

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Abortion and Feminism

To the editors: How kind of Mary Krane Derr and Feminists for Life [Letters, October 6] to advocate personal and social supports which would enable women with unplanned pregnancies to bear and raise their children. Pro-choice advocates, myself included, support such measures also, and it is dishonest of Derr to pretend otherwise. During the late […]

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Field & Street

You can read the history of our state in the pages of The Birds of Illinois by H. David Bohlen. Species by species, Bohlen lays out the effects our remaking of the state has had on the birds who share this land with us. Of the greater prairie-chicken he says, “Greater Prairie-Chickens were an integral […]

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Forgotten Fruits

From the top of this hill in southwestern Michigan, the land rolls away in hills ruffled with apple trees, like small waves on the swells of Lake Michigan ten miles to the west. Oak, maple, sumac, and goldenrod grow in the ravines and low places between the hills, different shades of green touched with bronze. […]

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The Butter and Egg Man

THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN Northlight Theatre “You don’t have to work at all in the theater,” says a character in George S. Kaufman’s The Butter and Egg Man. The actors in Northlight Theatre’s production of the 1925 comedy, being revived in honor of the centenary of Kaufman’s birth, work their butts off to breathe […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Pennsylvania state police recovered numerous photos of people’s feet from the home of Brookville farm worker John Reed, 57, in August. They also found a jar containing six human toes and videotapes of parades in which the camera zooms in on the feet of the marchers. (A judge refused to allow police to […]

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Cold Chambers

COLD CHAMBERS Mainline Productions at Urbus Orbis The five one-acts that make up Mainline Productions’ Cold Chambers are as bleak a set of plays as you are likely to see in Chicago these days. Hopeless, humorless, and extremely dark, each one studies a different aspect of the same milieu–the world of the disaffected, disenchanted, disenfranchised […]

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Anthony Newman

Anthony Newman’s once-controversial fast tempi are now commonplace among scholarly early-music performers. But Newman has always had unusual performing ideas; he was the first American to record the Brandenburg Concerti with one instrument per part, incorporating period instruments and conducting them from the harpsichord, now standard practice. He also released the first recordings of Beethoven […]

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Randy Weston

Even if pianist Randy Weston had never written African-inspired compositions (in the 50s), been among the first American jazzmen to visit the continent (early 60s), or settled in Morocco (late 60s), he might still suggest a transplanted African king of noble bearing. Weston’s music, now darkly percussive, now lightly skipping, consciously combines subcutaneous rhythmic subtleties […]