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Medical Muddle/12 Numbskulls

Medical Muddle Besides being a medical milestone, that historic liver transplant at the University of Chicago a few weeks ago made an interesting case study in news management. In the surgeons’ minds, the best publicity prior to this daring operation (in which two persons conceivably could die) was no publicity. It wasn’t to be. A […]

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The City File

Gay $. “Gays in fact pioneered the redevelopment of several North Side neighborhoods long before the real estate industry officially pronounced them ‘hot,’” in particular Lakeview, Wrigleyville, and parts of the DePaul area, writes Valerie Denney in Chicago Enterprise (December 1989). “So strong and predictable is the influence of gays that some realtors regard them […]

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Jazz greats of 1989

The question of where jazz is headed in the 90s has been around now since the mid-80s (and I expect the question of 21st-century jazz will start crossing lips before Arbor Day). Will the 90s be a decade of further consolidation? More “neoclassic” (read: recycled hard bop) bands of youngsters? Has the new-age slant lost […]

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Power Consumption Causes Cancer

To the editors: In the article “The Misuse of Power” (Reader, Dec. 1) Florence Levinsohn suggests many ways in which increased power consumption can pollute the environment, but she neglected to mention electromagnetic radiation (EMR) which is compellingly linked to the development of cancer and other immune system breakdowns. While acid rain and nuclear waste […]

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The Drunkard

THE DRUNKARD Musical Repertorie Theatre at Kiku’s I had misgivings about The Drunkard. Originally a 19th-century temperance-movement melodrama, it was revised in the 1970s with songs by the not-yet-famous Barry Manilow. I suspected that the adaptation’s reason for being would be to spoof melodramatic conventions–the damsel in distress, the villain who wears a cape, the […]

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A Narrow View of the Blues

To the editors: Your scathing review of LUCKY PETERSON was quite a testament to your narrow, white intellectual view of the Blues [“Blues in debasement” by David Whiteis, December 15]. I’ve come to expect your worshipful, biased, gung-ho affection for the “elders” and “traditionalists” in the music, but this article was an affrontery. The Blues […]

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Field & Street

Birding, like football, is a sport played in all weathers. Birders pursue their sightings through rain, snow, agonizing windchills, and wilting heat. Field-trip schedules usually carry the simple warning: dress for the weather. Machismo may play a part in our refusal to be cowed by climatic nastiness, but the important thing is our knowledge that […]

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Broadcast News

To the editors: Andrew Goodwin’s “On TV: Who’s Afraid of Infotainment” [November 3] was the best thing to appear in the Reader in a long time. It was concise, intelligent and devoid of the usual liberal-left posturing and sentimentality. I agree with his thesis: TV news reenactments and infotainment in general are less to be […]

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AIDS and Innocence

To the editors: In her review of intimacies (December 8), Diana Spinrad expresses the “anger” she experienced as a result of seeing my theatrepiece in which I portray six PWAs (Persons With AIDS). Please allow me to express my anger as well as my frustration and pain and confusion I experienced as a result of […]

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Nothing Sacred

NOTHING SACRED Torso Theatre at Sheffield’s If comedy were just a matter of breaking a few taboos and goring a few sacred cows, writer-director Billy Bermingham’s aptly named Nothing Sacred would be the funniest thing in town. However, as these vulgar and profane extended sketches illustrate so well, iconoclasm–especially uninformed and intolerant iconoclasm–is not enough. […]

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People With AIDS

To the editors: I think your reviewer, Diana Spinrad must have been elsewhere on the night of December 1 [Theater, December 8]. What Michael Kearns has done with intimacies is to attach an identity to a statistic. Often we hear statistics about all the prostitutes, hustlers and drug addicts affected with AIDS, yet how often […]

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Wintery Tails

WINTERY TAILS Lifeline Theatre Sixteen reasons for adults with no children to go see Wintery Tails: (1) It has a running time of less than an hour and plays at 2 on Saturdays–just long enough to be a nice break in Saturday-afternoon errands. (2) You pay what you can for admission, which may make this […]

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Archangels Don’t Play Pinball

ARCHANGELS DON’T PLAY PINBALL Chicago Actors Ensemble Archangels Don’t Play Pinball is a hoot. It’s a laugh riot. It’s–you know–zany, wacky, off the wall; it’s all those things. There’s even a word for it in the play: “wonky.” This is one wonky show. It may, however, be a little too wonky for its author, Dario […]