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Steve Schneck

Legal eagle by day, young man with a horn at night, Steve Schneck demonstrates that he’s a born musician every time he plays: as a sideline, he makes music with enough clarity and taste to make you reconsider your worst impressions of lawyers. Schneck brings a warm, full tone to his instruments (trumpet and flugelhorn), […]

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Otis Spann Memorial Piano Festival

These shows, billed as a tribute to the great Otis Spann, bring together several generations of blues piano experience. Among the representatives are Jimmy Walker, who’s been playing in Chicago since the 20s; he lays an easy-rolling treble over a distinctive, gently propulsive bass line, harking back to the roots of the classic Chicago style. […]

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FRATERNITY Pegasus Players at the Edgewater Theatre When I saw Jeff Stetson’s much-praised play, The Meeting, I wondered about his integrity. In this imaginary confrontation between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., King comes across as an indecisive wimp who shrinks from Malcolm X’s aggressively defiant attitude toward white people. Stetson gave such short […]

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Henry Sparnaay

One doesn’t generally think of the bass clarinet as anything more than bottom-end reinforcement for a wind section within a larger ensemble, and certainly not as a solo instrument that can stand on its own. That was before Dutch bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay came along. Sparnaay has completely rethought the possibilities of the instrument and […]

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The Odd Trio

STOLTZMAN/GOODE/STOLTZMAN TRIO at Orchestra Hall April 16 AMERICAN WOMEN COMPOSERS–MIDWEST at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery April 20 Since the three members of the Stoltzman/Goode/Stoltzman Trio are superb musicians, and since their program looked unusually interesting, I had high expectations when the group made its local debut last week as part of Chamber Music Chicago’s 30th-anniversary […]

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The Straight Dope

My boyfriend says plants and trees have natural lifespans like animals. I say if a plant doesn’t die of disease, drought, famine, fire, etc., it will not die. Look at those age-old trees out in California. Please help us settle this argument. –S.U., Chicago Death, disease, drought, famine–at last a question that speaks to me. […]

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Business Week

To the editors: I would like to thank you for two excellent complementary articles published in your April 13 issue. The first, “How to Succeed in High Tech,” shows how delicate a new business is and the tremendous work it takes to make it profitable. Then in “The Terminator” Kevin McManus details the difficulties involved […]

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The City File

Could I start now and get it all over with right away? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, based in Elk Grove Village, “By the time today’s child reaches age 70, he or she will have spent approximately seven years watching television.” I’ve come a long way thanks to you, baby–now get lost. From […]