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Integration and education: What can we learn from Evanston’s public schools?

Last month Evanston’s public grade schools released their 1988-89 enrollment figures and test scores, and folks there still don’t know how to react. On the one hand, some white residents fret over “white flight,” since black enrollment in several grade schools has climbed above 50 percent. On the other hand, many officials and parents worry […]

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Common Ground

To the editors: Apparently Jean Peterman [Letters, October 20] misunderstood my October 6 letter. I did not say or imply that prochoice supporters fail to advocate a whole range of reproductive options. On the contrary, I recognize and respect the efforts of prochoicers who strive to create better choices for women and children even as […]

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Penn & Teller Get Killed

Whether or not this goofy black comedy is a total “success” is debatable, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty different from anything else around. Postmodern comic magicians Penn Jillette and Teller play themselves in a script of their own devising that is deftly delivered by director Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde, Night Moves). After […]

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A Phoenix Too Frequent

A PHOENIX TOO FREQUENT Genesis Theater Co. at Voltaire 2 It took New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson just four words to sum up the plot of Christopher Fry’s A Phoenix Too Frequent when he reviewed the play’s (and the British playwright’s) Broadway debut in 1950: “Lovely widow: healthy corporal.” If the story was timeworn […]

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Esther

In this cinematically brilliant retelling of the Old Testament story of Esther, director Amos Gitai constructs his film in a series of sumptuously colored long takes. Yet under the film’s splendid surface, shot by famed pre-New Wave cinematographer Henri Alekan, things don’t quite mesh. Individual characters clash visually with their backgrounds, and one part of […]

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The Unseen Hand

THE UNSEEN HAND Theatre of the Reconstruction at the Garage For “disposable drama,” which is what Clive Barnes called Sam Shepard’s plays in 1970, The Unseen Hand holds up remarkably well. Written more than 20 years ago, Shepard’s comic science-fiction allegory resonates with a power and wisdom you would hardly think possible in a work […]

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Exene Cervenka

The vicious and unrelenting X defined a genre and a scene (LA punk) in a way few bands ever get the opportunity to do. Singer-songwriters Exene (Cervenka) and John Doe, sickened romantics, celebrated nausea, poverty, and spit and violently assailed love and sex in the rawest imaginable terms (“Johnny Hit and Run Paulene”). Ten years […]

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Orchestra de la Suisse Romande

It is impossible for me to think of the music of Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky and not think of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande’s definitive recordings of those composers’ works, led by Ernest Ansermet. The late Ansermet founded the orchestra more than 70 years ago in order to give the French-speaking part of Switzerland […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story David Osborne, 23, was arrested in August in Nashville as a suspect in several episodes in which a man wearing a woman’s dress and with an object protruding from his rear end bent over to moon people in shopping-center parking lots. The police file on the incidents is labeled “The Carrot Man.” Weird […]

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Intimate Details

WE GOT A DATE Goat Island at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ October 27 and 28 and November 3 and 4 The Goat Island performance group is one of Chicago’s hidden jewels. Their first piece, the critically acclaimed Soldier, Child, Tortured Man, premiered here in 1987 and then went on to tour 11 American […]