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Filmes by Barbara Hammer

The onetime Chicago-based filmmaker will be here for a screening of seven of her films made during the 80s, presented in conjunction with Women in the Director’s Chair. Some of the half dozen of these films that I’ve seen are lyrical studies in motion whose subjects are usually either tourist attractions or tourists: Pools, Pond […]

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The Straight Dope

This is important! What are the Roman numerals for 1990? Possible solutions: (1) MXM, (2) MCMXC, or the cumbersome (3) MDCCCCLXXXX. Help! –Anonymous, Chicago By God, this is urgent. Even now sweaty movie moguls are undoubtedly wondering: what the hell are we going to do about the date at the end of the credits? Well, […]

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High Spirits

HIGH SPIRITS Apple Tree Theatre If 1963-64 was the season of the British Invasion in rock and roll, it was no less so in theater. Highlights on the Broadway calendar between September 1963 and the following August included Richard Burton in Hamlet, Paul Scofield in King Lear, Alec Guinness in Dylan, Albert Finney in Luther, […]

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The City File

Quick! Where’s the tuxedo? Did you call the caterers? Chicago psychologist Kate Wachs advises the desperately seeking single, “Be as happy as you can–which is quite happy, actually–while being a single person. Enjoy each day as if it were your last ‘single’ day, and as if you are about to be married tomorrow.” Sounds a […]

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It’s a Messy Life

To the editors: In response to the story of “Mothers” [February 2]. I am one of the unfortunate “remorseful” and pitied unwed mothers and my son is the “pitied” and “doomed” child as painted by Karen Fort. And yes, I do not have an idealistic life, I’m 20, Hispanic, college student, and I suppose poor. […]

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Emerson String Quartet

String quartets exclusively devoted to 20th-century music have become fashionable in recent years. With all the hype surrounding the Kronos Quartet, and all the underground respect for the Arditti, it’s more than a little surprising that the quartet to emerge as the unparalleled master of interpreting Bartok quartets should be the Emerson String Quartet, a […]

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J.R. Booing

To the editors: Thank you for your cover story on John R. Regalbuto [February 9]. It was important for you to expose the absurd decision of the University of Illinois to allow this bizarre “philosopher” to teach ethics. Nicknaming him “J.R.” is appropriate. His moral retardation is best exemplified by his assertion that bullfighting is […]

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Gear Daddies

Hey–it’s another band from Austin! This one, however, is from little Austin, Minnesota, population 23,000 less about 4 since Martin Zellar and his troupe made the move to Minneapolis some years ago. Austin’s stayed with Zellar ever since, though, and the town and its denizens are the main populators of his unapologetically country-inflected songs. “I […]

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Bloom in Error

To the editors: In re Allan Bloom (Reading: Feb. 2). Has anyone stopped to consider that Bloom’s rants are merely tautological? In blaming feminists, relativists, and post-modernists for the lack of passion in today’s college students, he is excluding the passionate feminists, relativists, and post-modernists among that group. Ergo, passion, in Bloom’s sense, is androcentric, […]

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Fareed Haque

Guitarist Fareed Haque is still young (in his mid-20s), still hungry (playing small clubs and the occasional wedding)–and one of the best-known jazz musicians still living in Chicago (thanks to two albums of his own, sideman stints with Paquiito D’Rivera and Sting, and a solo shot on David Sanborn’s TV jam session). The acclaim is […]

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Squeezing Back

To the editors: Regarding John Conroy’s piece on torture: “House of Screams” [January 26]. Men like Wilson, Cochise, and Satan have had this city by the balls for years. The police were only returning the favor. Sign me, “Pissed off and not gonna take it anymore in Chicago.” S.P. Chicago

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Reckless

RECKLESS Steppenwolf Theatre “It’s like a two-act ‘Mr. Bill’ show,” my friend said when we were talking the next day about Steppenwolf’s Reckless. I disagree. The “Mr. Bill” routines on Saturday Night Live had something to say. Reckless does, at least, have a story to tell. In a nutshell, which is where it belongs, it’s […]

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Terribly Informative

To the editors: I found John Conroy’s piece, “House of Screams,” in the January 26th edition of the Reader most informative and compelling. I thank you for it because, terrible though it is to read, Chicagoans must know how and where police brutality exists, and the careful detail supplied here gives us the kind of […]