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Ray Anderson Quartet

Ray Anderson doesn’t mess around. Along with his contemporary George Lewis, Anderson has built upon the styles of such pioneering jazz trombonists as Jimmy Knepper and Albert Mangelsdorff to literally remake the instrument, from something growling and klutzy to something fleet but nonetheless ferocious. What’s more, he’s got himself one great band, with the mesmerizing […]

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Ballet Chicago

BALLET CHICAGO at the Civic Center for Performing Arts April 25, 27, and 28 Ballet Chicago’s three performances at the Civic Opera House last week offered heartening assurance that the young troupe is well on its way to establishing itself as a resident ballet company Chicago can take pride in. Artistic director Daniel Duell can […]

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Life Streams

BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE & CO. at the Dance Center of Columbia College April 23 and 24 Bill T. Jones has a quicksilver sensibility: it darts, elusive and vital. Watching his dances is exhilarating, but describing them is like trying to track the motions of a swift fish in sun-dappled, running waters. Transitions are quick […]

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Sweetie’s Secret

To the editors: J. Rosenbaum’s laudatory review of Sweetie, Jane Campion’s first feature film (March 30 issue) contained a crucial and almost offensive blindspot. He describes Sweetie as a “compulsive flirt” writing that “even when she bathes her own father, she’s quite capable of dropping the soap into the tub as an excuse for groping […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Americans first started experimenting with Louis Daguerre’s new photographic process around 1840, 50 years before Frederick Fargo Church snapped this picture of George Eastman with a Kodak camera on board the S.S. Gallia. The Terra Museum’s current exhibit American Photography: 1839-1900 looks at the development of photography over those years and, through the camera’s eye, […]

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Blake Babies

The Blake Babies’ second full LP, Earwig, is a lush and lovely, dense and extremely pointed essay on sex, the loss of innocence, stupid men, and pollution. The band is a highly textured and hugely melodic threesome from Bloomington by way of Boston–the three met at the Berklee School of Music. Freda Boner drums swimmingly […]

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Was Bettelheim a Fraud?

To the editors: Re: the “Brutal Bettelheim” letter, April 6, 1990. I attended the Orthogenic School from 1951 to 1963 while it was directed by Dr. Bruno Bettelheim. Dr. Bettelheim’s recent suicide at 86 touched off a spate of laudatory obituaries which inspired an anonymous response by a former Orthogenic School resident. I would like […]

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The Castle

THE CASTLE City Lit Theater Company City Lit Theater Company’s associate artistic director, Mark Richard, seems to have done the impossible. He has taken one of Kafka’s most ambiguous, obscure, and maddeningly vague novels–The Castle–and created an interesting, faithful adaptation. Most surprising of all, considering how cerebral and essentially actionless Kafka’s work is, he’s created […]

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Born in the RSA

BORN IN THE RSA Northlight Theatre Those who enjoy full political rights at present are not prepared to bow out apologetically from the stage of history.–President F.W. de Klerk, refusing to abolish laws that reserve just 13 percent of South Africa’s land for the black majority and that classify all citizens by race Race hate […]

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Kid Stuff

To the editors: I found it strange that Dennis Polkow wrote in his review of The Rake’s Progress [April 6] that Stravinsky’s opera had its Chicago premiere last month, when in fact the Lyric Opera School presented it in (I believe) 1976 at the Civic Theatre. Winifred Brown sang the evening we attended, and Kathy […]

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The Straight Dope

When I was in college, not so many eons ago, it was pretty much an article of faith among us intellectual iconoclasts that, though we could put a man on the moon, we still had no idea how a bumblebee could fly. Do we? –Keith Hanson, Silver Spring, Maryland Of course. You think this is […]

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His Majestie’s Clrekes With Orpheus Band

When the Evanston-based chamber choir known as His Majestie’s Clerkes teamed up last year with the Newberry Consort, the joint concert was the early-music highlight of the year. Now the Clerkes have combined a collaboration with gifted local players–in this case the new baroque string ensemble founded by Kevin Mason known as Orpheus Band–with another […]

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Art of Music Video

To the editors: While I am flattered to have received so much personal attention in Jonathan Rosenbaum’s review of the Art of Music Video (February 23)–a nationally touring program I organized that was presented by The Film Center–and find much to consider in it, I am also reminded of a line from Woody Allen’s Stardust […]

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The City File

Most frequently requested kitchen color in the midwest, according to a recent survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association: almond. Color nobody anywhere, ever, asks for in their kitchen: gray. I’m sorry, Fishkin, but we’ve decided that you have a great future in some field other than sales. Evanston “intuitive training consultant” Ruth Berger’s […]