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Making McCartney Mean Something

To the editors: At the end of a rock and roll year that was saturated with leap-from-the-grave comebacks/reunions and triumphant final campaigns (not to mention historic levels of post-Beatlemania, with every fogey, wanna-have-been, and lifestyle columnist dutifully recalling “twenty years ago today”), I’m glad Bill Wyman had the guts to write about McCartney (“Let Him […]

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Shades of Black

JOSEPH HOLMES CHICAGO DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College January 12 Halfway through the Dance Center’s series, “Present Vision/Past Voice: The African-American Tradition in Modern Dance,” that tradition is becoming harder to define. There’s the easy way, of course: it’s whatever any black modern dancer does. And Joseph Holmes was black, lots […]

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To the editors: Re the story on Dr. Gerald Brown’s Sweeney Animal Hospital (Reader, 1-5-90), I certainly hope the doctor has improved his attitude toward his customers. When my wife and I brought in our 10 year old tabby to Dr. Brown in 1984, he diagnosed feline leukemia, gruffly told us that our cat would […]

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LUV Sterling Theatre at Talman Theatre The most disturbing element in the 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi is its high-speed depiction of mass activity, commuters streaming through a terminal or traffic surging and stopping spasmodically at intersections. The pitiless camera makes this heightened bustle absurd, as mindless and automatic as the swarming of maddened bees. Murray Schisgal […]

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Death of an Actor

To the editors: In his January 5 “City File” column, Harold Henderson lists Emlyn Williams as one of the “nondead individuals” who were dropped from the World Almanac and Book of Facts because they are (in the words of the World Almanac’s publishers) “no longer visible.” Please let me correct the factual misstatement and misguided […]

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Wildly Wrong Targets

To the editors: “Dimwitted” and “feeble” are appropriate ways to characterize Peter Pekin’s aborted attempt at satire in his “A Low Interest Year” (Reader, front page, Dec. 22). Events in the real world of 1989 were almost too interesting: the brutally crushed uprising of students in China; the sudden downfall of tyrannical Communist regimes in […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In October, William M. Cave, a circuit court judge in Montgomery County, Maryland, sentenced a former YMCA lifeguard, who was facing nine years in prison, to serve a total of three days in jail for the statutory rape of an 11-year-old girl in 1988. He served the customary one-third of the sentence and […]

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Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy’s music is not universally respected. In fact, I can think of no other singer so influential who is disliked by so many critics. Should this bother you? Probably not; it certainly doesn’t bother Murphy, who continues to compel the rest of us with his refusal to relax, his abhorrence of complacency. His rich […]

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Three on a Mensch

ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY *** (A must-see) Directed by Paul Mazursky Written by Roger L. Simon and Mazursky With Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston, Lena Olin, Margaret Sophie Stein, Alan King, Judith Malina, and Mazursky. It’s a truism of film criticism that the best movie adaptations of novels usually aren’t taken from the best novels. A […]