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Spirits in Disguise

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL A Midsummer Night’s Dream Renaissance Theatre Company at the Blackstone Theatre King Lear Renaissance Theatre Company at the Blackstone Theatre Shira Cameri Theatre at the Josephine Louis Theater, Northwestern University He hath ever but slenderly known himself.–Lear’s daughter Regan speaking of her father in King Lear Slowly, very slowly, my eldest son […]

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Jimmy Smith

The thrill of hearing Jimmy Smith stems partly from the knowledge that you’re hearing history. When you listen to the Hammond organ played by the man who turned it from a novelty into a jazz staple, there’s bound to be at least a slight frisson–like you might get, say, if Alexander Bell showed up to […]

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The Sports Section

The flags are flapping overhead, but softly, not with their usual starchy pop. The wind is wafting in. Pockets of clouds are forming on the horizon, but they remain in the distance; the sky is the pale blue of a baby’s eyes. From where we’re sitting in the bleachers, the Wrigley Field grandstand stretches like […]

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Memories of War

A DIFFERENT WAR: VIETNAM IN ART at the Mary and Leigh Block Gallery Northwestern University, Evanston The works in “A Different War: Vietnam in Art” are full of anger and anguish. Of memories so powerful they come out unambiguously, in the simplest images. The complexity is in us–at least those of us for whom the […]

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Brain-Dead in Rogers Park

To the editors: Your piece [Neighborhood News, May 11] on the peevish refusal of the Rogers Park Tenants Committee to post safe school signs made them sound like the guy on a raft quarreling about who should throw a line to a sailor overboard surrounded by sharks. And meanwhile the children die. You made them […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In March, Michael Friend won his appeal of the IRS’s denial of several 1980 deductions he had claimed in a joint return with his wife (involving her medical expenses and job-related education). Friend celebrated the news in a Kentucky prison, where he is serving time for having murdered his wife in 1981. Least […]

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Art Facts: remebering the Rosenberg affair

After the first atomic fireball flashed in the Alamogordo desert in July 1945, Manhattan Project scientists vainly warned gloating officials that this awesome weapon was destined to be a short-lived American monopoly. They knew Soviet science soon would duplicate this terrible feat–with or without the help of cloak-and-dagger antics. But, as the confession of physicist […]

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Signs of Stupidity

To the editors: Admittedly, I am writing this without knowing all the facts, however, as an active member of the East Rogers Park community and “a progressive in action” I felt compelled to respond immediately to your Neighborhood News article of May 11th. I think it’s unfortunate that if the Rogers Park Tenants Committee did […]

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The Straight Dope

What is the true source of the wealth of the Kennedy family of Hyannis, Massachusetts? I have heard several stories about Joe Senior having made a killing in Prohibition rum, sleazy stock market practices, or the Boston construction industry. I heard the other day that he made the seed money for all this by selling […]

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Weird Magic

CHOREOGRAPHERS SAMPLER at MoMing Dance & Arts Center May 24-27 Some weird but magical things went on at MoMing’s “Choreographers Sampler.” Tongue of Fire, which closed this evening of five works, was more or less unclassifiable: part music, part dance, part performance art. If I had to call it one thing, I’d call it a […]

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Department of Legal Illumination

To the editors: As an attorney Referee-Director’s Representative of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, I read Michael Miner’s article “Why Do Newspapers Fear This Woman?” (referring to Director Sally Jackson) in your May 4, 1990, issue with interest. It is unfortunate that Mr. Miner relied so heavily on two partisans with axes to grind. […]

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The City File

Mooo! According to University of Chicago entomologist Monte Lloyd, when the 17-year cicadas emerge, “There can be more meat on the lawns of a suburban neighborhood than on a dairy cattle farm.” O’Hare today, gone tomorrow. “I don’t envy any politician trying to communicate with DuPage voters,” writes John Camper in Illinois Issues (May 1990). […]