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Just the Books, Please

To the editors: I think that all library users must have groaned in despair upon reading “Take My Cultural Center–Please!” in the Jan. 5 issue [The Culture Club]. Of course not only the present administration, but also the recent past Library Board seem to have forgotten what the Cultural Center was all about. At the […]

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The City File

The problem with the old-boy network is that they’re still boys. “Every really successful woman I know wants to become either an entrepreneur or a freelancer and go into business for herself,” says contributing editor Liz Mitchell in Today’s Chicago Woman (January 1990). “That’s because she doesn’t want to sit in the corporate lunchroom or […]

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Mass Confusion

CHICAGO STRING ENSEMBLE at Hammerschmidt Chapel January 20 CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Orchestra Hall January 25 At the head of just about everyone’s list of the greatest musical works of the Western world is Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor. It is among a half dozen or so masterpieces that are flawless in virtually […]

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Cut Down on Salt

To the editors: Perhaps while Mayor Daley is trying to get Streets & San to plant additional trees in our city [“Green Streets,” January 19], he should try to wean that agency away from its absurd, Byrne-era overuse of road de-icing chemicals. Not only are road salts bad for cars and pavements, but they’re bad […]

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From the Mississippi Delta

FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA Northlight Theatre Most autobiographical stories cover only half a lifetime, more or less. Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s covers one and a half. From the Mississippi Delta begins with Holland’s mother, Ida Mae Holland, who was born to a family of sharecroppers in Quinto, Mississippi. That story was more than half […]

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Sherril Milnes

The legendary baritone from Downers Grove is back, much sooner than anyone anticipated, stepping in at the last minute for an ailing Frederica von Stade. For those who missed Milnes’s spectacular performances as Hamlet in the long-neglected French grand opera by Ambroise Thomas recently presented at Lyric Opera, there are two big excerpts included in […]

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Strangers in Elvisland

MYSTERY TRAIN ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch With Youki Kudoh, Masatoshi Nagase, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Cinque Lee, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, and Rick Aviles. Mastery is a rare commodity in American movies these days, in matters both large and small, so when a poetic master working on a small […]

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The Sports Section

The sixth man is basketball’s version of a military technique dating back to Napoleon: the use of fresh troops, held in reserve, to swing the battle at a critical moment. The Boston Celtics have made a tradition of the sixth man, from John Havlicek in the 60s right up to this season, when Ed Pinckney […]