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Babushka Heaven

As soon as my mother told me the news, I caught the first bus home. I hoped I wasn’t too late. Our old friend suddenly had a week to go, two weeks max. “Archer Big Store is going out of business,” she’d said. I grew up on the southwest side, and the news was a […]

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Full of Surprises

To the editors: Amazing. In “The View From the Shelter” [July 20] we get a somewhat sympathetic treatment of a woman who says the same things about the debilitating effects of welfare that Goldwater, Reagan, and the other conservative Republicans have always said. There may be hope for you guys yet. Phil Martin W. Goethe

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Comiskey Parking

To the editors. As Michael Miner made clear in his “Dreams of Field” [Hot Type, July 13], Chicago’s Comiskey Park still could be saved, at least a modest part of it–if, that is, the will to save the old ballpark were greater than the will to destroy it. But it isn’t: the state of Illinois’ […]

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Field & Street

Summer begins to slip away even as the sweat rolls down our faces. I began to notice the signs while at a cocktail party on Navy Pier the evening of July 25. Sipping rum and Coca-Cola, nibbling on prosciutto and melon or strips of smoked salmon wound around asparagus tips, savoring the loveliest of summer […]

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Lurrie Bell & Jimmy Lane

Since returning to the scene a few years ago, guitarist Lurrie Bell has established himself as one of our most technically proficient and tasteful young bluesmen. His knowledge of traditional Chicago blues is unparalleled, and he’s done enough listening and jamming with younger players to be conversant in today’s high-energy hot-licks blues language as well; […]

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Repeating the 30s

To the editors: The “Children of the Holocaust” was well written, but somewhat slanted [July 6]. 1 really doubt there could be such a horror here in the USA; for one thing, there are too many constitutional safeguards. However, there are striking parallels between the thirties and today. For example, abortion on demand, greed, drug […]

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Working-Class Hero

THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Renny Harlin Written by Daniel Waters, James Cappe, and David Arnott With Andrew Dice Clay, Priscilla Presley, and Wayne Newton. The most eloquent testimony to the perversity of American politics is that the politicians and parties who have made the most overt appeals to […]

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Apocalypse Again

BETTER DAYS WYSIWYG at Chicago Dramatists Workshop THAT DARNED ANTICHRIST Metraform at the Annoyance Theatre Every era has its prophets and cranks who look at the world–filled with chaos and injustice, stupidity and despair–and proclaim that the time is at hand, surely these must be the last days! The fact that they turn out not […]

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Fetishists of the Holocaust

To the editors: I am a “child of the Holocaust”: all four of my grandparents, several aunts and uncles, my older sister, my father’s first wife, and many other relatives died in Hitler’s concentration camps, and my parents became refugees, stripped of their citizenship and property by the wartime German and Polish occupation government because […]

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Moby Dick

MOBY DICK Redmoon Theater at the Palmer Square Arts Fair It was a foolhardy and courageous mission: the temperature in Logan Square hovered at a muggy 89 degrees, small hyperactive children and large hyperactive dogs ran unchecked, the park was aswarm with bartering vendors, tinkle-tune ice cream wagons, passing automobile boom boxes, and mufflerless motorcycles–and […]

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Descent Into Mediocrity

To the editors: Bryan Miller’s interview with Peter Dominowski (6/22) sickened me. I will affirm that MOST WFMT listeners are/were “soldered” to ‘FMT, with occasional segues to WBEZ, and more rarely to WNIB. The man, “Dumbowski,” epitomizes the descent into mediocrity that is obvious in every area of American culture, both “high” and so-called “popular.” […]

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Revenge

Peter Hook is the most important instrumentalist of the most important British band of the 80s, New Order. Silky and tough, and put stunningly high in the mix, his humming bass defines the band and its genre (synth pop) so sweepingly that it’s almost unfair: Depeche Mode, for example, always sound a little naked without […]