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Escurial/Door Number One

ESCURIAL and DOOR NUMBER ONE Mosaic Theatre Company at Blue Rider Theater The Mosaic Theatre Company would have been hard-pressed to find two more jarringly dissimilar plays: Escurial is a violent, iconoclastic, hyperstylized play by Belgian symbolist Michel de Ghelderode, and Door Number One is a loosely structured, casually acted comedy sketch by Alicia Burns. […]

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Good Human

GOOD BLACK ETA Creative Arts Foundation Back in 1959 A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s tale about a poor black family struggling to improve their lives, was one of the first steps in establishing black Americans in the public mind as human beings. The Younger family was a group of individuals, each with a […]

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Smooth grit

Despite the much-vaunted universality of blues expression, the grafting of disparate blues styles into a coherent whole can be a tricky business. In the prewar Chicago days of Lester Melrose’s Bluebird label, the work of artists like Memphis Minnie and Big Bill Broonzy was sometimes diluted by producers attempting to enhance their sounds with trumpets […]

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The Straight Dope

My uncle told me that once when he was cutting chickens’ heads off on his farm, one chicken didn’t die, but rather lived headless for two weeks. He told me he put it on display and charged admission to see it. He fed it through the rectum and gave it water from an eyedropper. Evidently […]

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Grant Hart

The feud and fallout from the bitter breakup of power-trio-cum-meteor-shower Husker Du continues. First it was Grant Hart’s melancholy single, “2541,” named after the band’s studio address. Then came guitarist Bob Mould’s Workbook album and tour–searing, monstrous, and dense. With Hart (it was said) experimenting with heroin, and bassist Greg Norton (it was said) selling […]

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The City File

And if all else fails, you can get a good used one from Florida, without any rust. “I often use a car analogy when talking with couples about their marriage,” says Loyola University nursing professor Donna J. Rankin in a university press release. “When it’s new, an automobile runs like a dream. But without proper […]

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Back in Action/Annals of Crime, Postal Division/Pogo’s Brief Hiatus

Back in Action Last November, the Sun-Times stopped being such a do-gooder. The paper dropped its Action Time service, which was deemed expensive, anachronistic, and a bore–each letter seeking a long-lost Army buddy, or satisfaction from a mail-order house, sounded an awful lot like every other. Not that public interest had dried up–at the end, […]

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On Devon

A hand reached out and touched my shoulder. “Are you Jewish?” I tensed and kept walking. By now the man in the long black coat was walking beside me. “Sir?” he asked. Maybe it was the Styrofoam quart of matzo-ball soup and the plastic bag full of hallah I was holding that tipped him off. […]

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Cataplexy

To the editors: The photo on the front page of your January 5, 1990 issue is absolutely disgusting. Since the cat is conscious & unshaven, it appears it is about to be tortured rather than operated upon. The picture on pg. 31 would have made a much less-offending cover photo, why didn’t you use it? […]

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Department of Mortifying Errors

“A Better Bill of Rights,” Anthony Adler’s contribution to our December 22 year-end issue, was harder to follow than it should have been: an error at our printer’s eliminated an overlay of arrows, circles, deletions, and other proofreader’s marks that would have made the marginal notes much easier to understand. We apologize to our readers […]

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Field & Street

Early this winter flocks of white-winged crossbills invaded northern Illinois. Sightings were reported from various locations in Lake County, including Illinois Beach State Park, where the pine groves at the park’s southern end are very attractive to crossbills. There are two species of crossbills, the red and the white-winged. They are both Holarctic birds whose […]

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Interfacing With Misfits

To the editors: As social service, medical, and administrative professionals working full time with persons with AIDS (PWAs), we read with interest Diana Spinrad’s review of “Intimacies,” Michael Kearns’ production at the Halsted Theatre Centre (Reader, 12/8/89). While we understand that Spinrad’s commentary on the show is a review, and bound to be subjective, we […]