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Howard Be Thy Name

HOWARD BE THY NAME Big Fun at the Roxy Warning signs for comedy revues, or you know the act’s in trouble when it contains: (1) More than one sketch based on television commercials. How much imagination does it take to caricature something that’s already absurd? (2) More than one sketch that finishes with a character […]

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Unsung Cole

UNSUNG COLE Musical Repertorie Theatre at Kiku’s Unsung Cole presents an odd case. If the title were literally true, these “undiscovered Cole Porter melodies” could never be heard. But I’m glad they are being heard, given a cast with the savvy of the six performers in Ben Tweel’s Musical Repertorie Theatre staging. They know how […]

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The Tool of a New Machine

To the editors: Ben Joravsky’s front-page story on the primary race in the 9th Congressional District (“Why Is This Man Running?” February 16, 1990) reminds us all of most of the reasons Edwin Eisendrath’s attempt to replace Sid Yates as our Congressman is laughable. But Joravsky missed two rather important points. Fact One: Eisendrath has […]

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Joshua Breakstone

In jazz, it’s not that unusual for a player of one instrument to be influenced by those of another. In fact, many breakthroughs in instrumental style have come about when a musician heard another sound and then challenged the limitations of his own instrument to achieve it. When guitarist Joshua Breakstone began listening to jazz, […]

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The Wrongs of Men

To the editors: There is a kind of man who wants children without saying “Please” and “Thank you” to a woman. Not saying “Please” and “Thank you” is just about the same thing as rape. Jeffery Leving and his colleagues in the divorce racket are practicing criminal law in a civil court [“The Rights of […]

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The Straight Dope

I read recently that two supercomputer manufacturers were in a contest to determine who could calculate pi to the most digits. My simple question, simple for you at least, is, what data do they input to begin these calculations? Every schoolchild knows that pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Obviously […]

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Another Kind of Poverty

To the editors: Thanks for the intense cover article “Getting Through the 80s” [February 2]. I appreciated such broad and objective coverage of human lives, painful as it was to read. One point needs to be stressed time and time again–there are many kinds of poverty. I do wish the article had covered one person […]

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The City File

The fat lady sings again…and again… Lyric Opera of Chicago reports that it concluded its 1989-90 season “at an historic 102.7% of box office capacity.” “Billions for rail service for nuclear weapons and not a cent for rail service for millions of Americans” is how U.S. Senator Paul Simon describes President Bush’s budget, which includes […]

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Angel of Death

To the editors: If Karen Fort continues writing such self-indulgent, cathartic pieces as “Mothers” (February 2, 1990), she may eventually succeed in convincing herself that her abortion was the right thing to do. But I doubt it; the logic displayed in her autobiographical-cum-fictional account is inconsistent, malevolent, and egocentric. For instance, Ms. Fort would have […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

When John Corigliano accepted the position of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first ever composer-in-residence three years ago, he expected to produce a large orchestral work here, although what form such a work might take was unclear to him. That was before Corigliano lost some of his dearest friends to AlDS, and before he saw the […]

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Kid vs. Geezer

To the editors: In Ben Joravsky’s overblown article (Feb. 16) on Eisendrath vs. Yates or the Kid battles the Old Geezer, he states that Republican challengers in the 9th congressional district “can usually count on roughly 35 percent of the vote as well as the Tribune’s endorsement.” Yes, I got the Trib’s endorsement in my […]

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Distant Fires

DISTANT FIRES Company Players at the Rally Theatre The most difficult lesson for a writer to learn can be summed up by the acronym KISS–keep it simple, stupid. Neophytes tend to embellish their writing, hoping that a flashy style will create the illusion of content. But the best writers remain firmly focused on what they’re […]

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Destroy All Males

To the editors: In response to the article on “men’s rights” [February 23] and in honor of upcoming International Women’s Day, let’s let Valerie Solanas have the last word on Daddy: “Fatherhood and Mental Illness: Mother wants what’s best for her kids; Daddy only wants what’s best for Daddy, that is peace and quiet, pandering […]