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Sun Ra & His Arkestra

In one of my more obsessive moments I once dragged my reluctant friend John to a Sun Ra performance. I say “obsessive” because I knew John wasn’t particularly musically inclined, much less interested in outside jazz. Ra’s show that night was typical; he conducted some 15 musicians dressed like extras from an old Flash Gordon […]

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Mark Kroll

The weekly Dame Myra Hess concerts at the Cultural Center have been around for so long–well over a decade–that we take them for granted. But in how many other North American cities can one regularly hear accomplished musical performances without having to pay? While any music lover who’s downtown during lunch hour on Wednesdays should […]

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T Bone n Weasel

T BONE N WEASEL Victory Gardens A little white hick and his big black buddy make their way through Dixie, encountering a series of crooks and con men on both sides of the law while combating the evils of corruption and racism. That’s a capsule description of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, of […]

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No Time for Heroes

To the editors: With over 90,000 dead from complications believed to be caused from AIDS, the Reader offers its readers a lesson in machismo masochism. The article, “The Angriest Queer” by Joseph Crump [August 17], is an example of the misinformation necessary to make a martyr. Hate, stupidity and discrimination are tragically as much of […]

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Texasville

One of the most surprising things about Peter Bogdanovich’s touching and fascinating sequel to The Last Picture Show (1971)–based, like its predecessor, on a Larry McMurtry novel–is that, far from being a trip down memory lane, this bittersweet comedy is largely structured around historical amnesia: the hero walks with a limp and has grown estranged […]

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Gluck in Hell

ALCESTE Lyric Opera More than 200 years ago Christoph Willibald Gluck ignited a composers’ revolt against the tyranny of pampered singers and their slavish admirers among the nobility. The vocalists’ penchant for hamming it up had just about banished any semblance of drama from the stages of the little jewel-box opera houses of the period. […]

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Unfair to Prolifers

To the editors: Florence Hamlish Levinsohn’s article on parental notification laws [“A Girl in Trouble,” August 17] contains a large number of problematic statements. For the sake of brevity I will comment on three of these. First of all, she speaks as if service workers involved with helping teens and their families were uniformly opposed […]

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Race Reversal

To the editors: Bill Wyman’s defense of Public Enemy in the August 31 Reader is certainly well-mounted, but it leaves a lot of questions in one’s mind nonetheless. If Wyman knew of a white supremacist band that blew “every other rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet away,” would he be so eager to share […]

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Crisis? What Crisis?

By making it hard to establish new landfills, Senate Bill 172 has been effective in creating at least the appearance of a garbage crisis. But the crisis itself, the disaster that seems so imminent when Tribune headlines scream that there are only five years of landfill capacity left, looms a lot less scary when you […]

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David Baerwald

David Baerwald was the lyricist and singer whose contemporary Chandlerisms and unsentimental melancholy suffused the still-potent David and David debut album, Boomtown. The record’s relatively minor success loomed large in the lives of its creators, delaying and then scotching the follow-up; first real word we’ve had from the pair since is Baerwald’s solo debut, Bedtime […]

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Why Pick on the NEA?

To the editors: Bryan Miller is a great performer (the best Cherubino I have seen in the U.S.A. or Europe) and also a good writer. But, she is wrong wrong WRONG to be critical of the N.E.A. [“Art Biz,” August 3]! She knows perfectly well that every civilized country supports the arts with government funding! […]

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Lout in Africa

WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Clint Eastwood Written by Peter Viertel, James Bridges, and Burt Kennedy With Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong, Marisa Berenson, Timothy Spall, and Mel Martin. I can’t say that I’ve been one of Clint Eastwood’s partisans. He was amusing as the Man With No Name–the […]