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Maestro Subgum & the Whole

Even if, like me, you normally have a limited tolerance for rock ‘n’ roll songs delivered with self-conscious artsy theatricality, the sheer force of the collective musical personality of Maestro Subgum and the Whole may win you over anyway. Since 1985 or so, when I really couldn’t stand this group, they’ve undergone a fascinating transformation, […]

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Radio Days

To the editors: Congratulations on publishing Bryan Miller’s “Will This Man Ruin WFMT?” First-rate. And the job had to be done. It was like assigning Red Smith or Paul Gallico to write the obituary on today’s New York Yankees: WFMT–from World’s Champions to cellar bums. Since the early 1950s WFMT has been a Chicago treasure. […]

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The Straight Dope

SHATTERING MYTHS In the matter of glass-shattering vocalism, Cecil seems to have been led astray by Gunter Grass’s fictional tin drummer, Oskar [May 11]. In fact, there is no authentic record of glass being broken by the unamplified human voice. Dorothy Caruso categorically denied rumors that her late husband had accomplished the feat; a fortiori […]

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Cardinal, Sparrow, Birdbrain

To the editors: Two items I found to be incorrect in the June 22nd edition–one a matter of fact, and one a matter of opinion. First, on page 8, section 1, in a photoessay entitled “Polska Msza,” Chicago’s own Bishop Alfred Abramowicz was incorrectly identified as Polish Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz. Whoops. Second, in the Critic’s […]

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The City File

Rules of the game. “Contestants must spit their pit within 60 seconds of the time they are called to the line by the tournament judge. Three spits are allowed. The longest of three is recorded as the official score. If a pit is swallowed or lost, that spit is forfeited.” That’s rule six of the […]

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Right Place, Wrong Name

To the editors: In your July 6th edition, the front page story entitled Children of the Holocaust was sensitively written by Robert McClory. Mr. McClory referred to our Foundation as the Holocaust Educational Resource Center and Museum. We are all that. However, our official name is the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. If your readers […]

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Big Deal

BIG DEAL Theatre of the Reconstruction As Lenny Bruce and Lear’s fool both showed, comedy thrives on telling the truth. Unfortunately, for the past ten years at least, truth–or at least the demand for it–has been in very short supply. The result is that comedy (especially mainstream, SNL-type comedy and its local franchise, Second City) […]

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Bettelheim’s Blues

To the editors: Thank you for printing the numerous letters concerning the late Dr. Bruno Bettelheim and the Orthogenic School [April 6 and 20; May 4, 11, and 25; June 8 and 15]. I feel that the letter from ex-staffer Stephen T. Herczeg needs an answer. No one else has specifically responded to the statements […]

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Short Stuff

DANCE & MORE FOR $1.98 at MoMing Dance & Arts Center June 6-8 and 13-15 I like the way that detail and emotion pile up over time in novels. But I can see the fascination of a good book of short stories. Often the sheer variety draws you in–if you don’t like one story, maybe […]

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Jay’s OK

To the editors: Your correspondent Bryan Miller comes across as voicing yet another “yuppie-puppie” lament about poor WFMT and how it is being despoiled [June 22]. And frankly, I’m completely fed up with these condescending comments putting down Jay Andres whose credentials in Chicago radio were earned long ago and who will long outlast your […]