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Two Sides of Bettelheim

To the editors: I too, have been viewing with great interest over the past month and a half the letters pertaining to Dr. Bettelheim and his conduct at the Orthogenic School [April 6 and 20; May 4, 11, and 25; and June 8]. I myself, was an innmate at the School for nearly sixteen years, […]

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Wishful Thinking/Cowboys #2

WISHFUL THINKING and COWBOYS #2 Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company The Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company has racked up a surprisingly consistent record for productions far more finely crafted than one would expect from a small, low-budget fringe theater group–most notably, its recent staging of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, which could stand alongside many mainstream Equity productions of the […]

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For Your Eyes Only

DICK TRACY ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Warren Beatty Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. With Warren Beatty, Charlie Korsmo, Glenne Headly, Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, William Forsythe, and Charles Durning. To its credit, Dick Tracy does succeed in capturing the precise look of a comic strip as no other movie before […]

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Getting the Lead Out

To the editors: Your story on mayoral neglect of children poisoned by lead [Neighborhood News, 25 May] is especially poignant to residents of the 48th Ward. The deciding vote to kill Orr’s proposed $1 million addition was cast by Mary Ann Smith. A referendum on whether the city should spend 33 cents per resident to […]

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Fred Anderson

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the musicians’ cooperative organization that has carried the Chicago message (via the sounds of Abrams, Bowie, Braxton, Ewart, Freeman, Jarman, Lewis, Moye, et al.) throughout the globe. To celebrate the AACM’s quarter-century mark, the far younger Southend Musicworks has made a wise […]

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Black Money

To the editors: I found the article “The Color of Money” by Grant Pick from the April 6, 1990 edition of the Reader to be of great interest. The topic of the article was the increasing popularity of blacks buying from black owned businesses. While this idea dates back to the days of Martin Luther […]

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Carousel

It’s well-known that Puccini and Gershwin wanted to set Ferenc Molnar’s play Liliom operatically, and that the Hungarian playwright denied them permission. But Molnar was so charmed by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first effort, Oklahoma!, that he granted them the right to set his play to music. It’s fascinating to speculate what Puccini or, Gershwin might […]

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The Straight Dope

This may seem like a stupid question, but hey, I have no pride. Our psychotic dwarf rabbit, Slick, has an unusual urge to chew on things. He does it pretty indiscriminately and I have some chewed up T-shirts to prove it. Annoying as this is, my sister claims if he didn’t do it, he would […]

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International Theatre Festival: The Dragons’ Trilogy

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL The Dragons’ Trilogy Theatre Repere at the UIC Theatre In this year’s International Theatre Festival, the third so far, certain weaknesses have begun to emerge. It has become apparent, for instance, that festival directors Jane and Bernie Sahlins share a pronounced weakness for epics. The Sahlinses helped bring an eight-and-a-half-hour Nicholas Nickleby […]

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Robert Junior Lockwood

The fabled Robert Johnson took Robert Junior Lockwood under his wing as his stepson in the late 20s or early 30s; since Johnson’s death in 1938, the personal and musical spirits of the two men have been inextricably intertwined. Lockwood, however, is no Delta clone; through the years he’s developed a reputation as one of […]

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The City File

Pay a robot to say nice things about you. The new “Hug Line” offers “an ‘upbeat’ message that tells you that you are a very special person” to any touch-tone phone user who can dial its 900 number. Chicago neighborhoods with the greatest need for additional preschool places, according to a recent Voices for Illinois […]