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Great Moments in Editing

To the editors: I am much saddened by Mr. McClory’s usage of an otherwise pleasant and informative article to express his anti-Israeli sentiments [“Children of the Holocaust,” July 6]. I am also wondering whether or not the Reader hires an editor to check articles for incongruent passages. If so, the Reader may have deleted the […]

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The Dumb Waiter

THE DUMB WAITER Graffiti Theatre at Angel Island The Graffiti Theatre is yet another brand-new company of transplanted actors come to Chicago to seek fame and fortune–this time from Iowa City, Iowa. If their premier production is any indication, the University of Iowa taught them more about how to pick plays (Harold Pinter’s The Dumb […]

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We Need Higher Taxes

To the editors: Ben Joravsky’s article on IVI-IPO [Neighborhood News, July 6] discussed the dispute over whether to endorse Hartigan or Edgar. However, in his account of the endorsement session there was no reference to the substantive issues involved. His quotes on the abortion issue referred to the question period. In the debate itself this […]

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Roy Haynes Quartet

If 64-year-old Roy Haynes sounds rejuvenated these days, you might be tempted to blame it on his youths. Haynes has surrounded himself with players less than half his age, and logic suggests that it must be their influence that makes him sound so fresh; the evidence of one’s ears, however, suggests that the primary source […]

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The Subscription Revolution

To the editors: Lewis Lazare, the Reader’s excellent “The Culture Club” columnist, comments (in the July 6 issue) upon the Remains Theater decision to forego subscription for the inaugural season in its new Clybourn Avenue playhouse. He speaks of this as a “new approach,” and says that the management “deserves a salute for trying something […]

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The Real Deal

To the editors: Michael P. Walsh in a letter published on June 8th, 1990, referred to the performance of the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) as exploitive. LAPD is a theater group comprised of homeless and formerly homeless individuals and directed by performance artist John Malpede. Mr. Walsh’s letter involves two different levels of misunderstanding. […]

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Initial Reaction

To the editors: Having just finished reading the incredibly hostile interview of Peter Dominowski by Bryan Miller [June 22], I was struck by the appropriateness of the reporter’s initials. “BM” seems to typify the characteristics of the self-indulgent, elitist/snob, trapped-in-the-50s-time-warp WFMT staff members who have long used the station as their personal stereo system. It […]

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Love Your Mama

After a long and successful career in day care, Ruby L. Oliver made this, her first feature, originally known as Leola, in her late 40s. It’s a remarkable debut: assured, highly focused, surprisingly upbeat considering the number of problems it addresses without flinching–and the best low-budget Chicago independent feature that I’ve seen. Set in contemporary […]

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An Ecological Vision

MONET IN THE 90s at the Art Institute of Chicago On my first visit to the Art Institute’s exhibition of Claude Monet’s 1890s “series” paintings, two teenage girls stood looking at one of the pictures, a particularly radiant sunset landscape. One remarked to the other, “Oh, wow, I didn’t even know they had colors like […]

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Kenny Neal

Louisiana-born guitarist Kenny Neal is one of the most exciting of the bold new generation of musicians who’ve been redefining the boundaries of blues expression in the 80s and 90s. Son of Baton Rouge harp legend Raful Neal, Kenny has incorporated his father’s deep blues feeling and clarity of expression and fired it up with […]

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Some Candy

SOME CANDY Cardiff Giant at Cabaret Voltaire Cardiff Giant obviously love doing comedy improv, which is evident in the respectful way they approach their material. Performing improvisationally is deadly difficult, and most companies I’ve seen resort to easy sight gags or one-liners. The performers always seem bent on trying to be clever, and all I […]

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Sleepy LaBeef

Call it roadhouse music, honky-tonk, rockabilly, or what you please–I’d just as soon call it traditional rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m convinced that right now Sleepy LaBeef is its foremost purveyor. Maybe you haven’t heard of him (and frankly I’m at a loss to explain why he’s not a hundred times more well known), but […]