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Fools & Fiends/Fridiculousness

FOOLS & FIENDSand FRIDICULOUSNESSJonathan Fridat Halsted Theatre Centre In Jack Finney’s story “The Third Level,” a man becomes obsessed with finding the entrance to a hidden, low level of Grand Central Station, from which he can take a magic train to the past. In his two programs of solo story telling, Fridiculousness and Fools & […]

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Takacs String Quartet

The six string quartets of Bela Bartok, composed over the span of three decades between 1908 and 1939, are among this century’s seminal works of art. Not only do they convey the essence of Bartok the man, but they also chart his growth and maturity as an artist and a humanist. As a set, these […]

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Absence of Conscience

GOODFELLAS *** (A must-see) Directed by Martin Scorsese Written by Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese With Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Chuck Low, Frank Sivero, and Debi Mazar. Greed, indiscipline and amorality drench the money-military culture, in its upper echelons and in its pits. Somebody destroyed the national superego. Does […]

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Glorious Excess

THE ICEMAN COMETH Goodman Theatre “Goodman Theatre’s The Iceman Cometh is great. Excessively great. Great in its excess. Four and a half hours of an obsessed poet named Eugene O’Neill, doing everything any dramaturge would tell him he absolutely can’t do and coming out of it standing firmly on his two dark, transcendent feet. If […]

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Tales From the Winnipeg Film Group

If Guy Maddin’s Tales From the Gimli Hospital whetted your appetite for more comic/nostalgic/facetious strangeness–or if you haven’t seen the Maddin film but have such an appetite anyway–you’ll probably get a kick out of this entertaining assortment of shorts by Maddin’s neighbors and colleagues, all members of the Winnipeg Film Group of Manitoba, Canada; producer […]

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Much as history is written by survivors, film history is frequently written by distributors. So the greatness of the serials of both Louis Feuillade and Jacques Rivette must remain a postulate for Americans who can’t see them, and the towering importance of the fascinating ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch is usually something U.S. viewers can only […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve climbed the highest mountains, searched the darkest depths of the public library and even asked my mother. Still I come up with a blank. So here’s my question: have you ever looked at your zipper? I mean really looked? On 90 percent of them there are the letters YKK. Please tell me what YKK […]

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Coyotes Crying in the Night

To the editors: From the midst of your last issue [September 14] poured out a fold out [“Around the Coyote ’90”]. On it were the mysterious figures that have appeared here on the streets. While walking with myself the other night I noticed the primary school colored figures with paw prints trailing off into dark […]

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The City File

Press releases we didn’t feel like finishing: “Homer Formby Has an Engrained Love of Wood.” Yeah! Rah! Bricks and mor-r-r-tar! Patrick Barry in Chicago Enterprise (September 1990): “Daley recently named a high-powered panel of leaders to act as ‘cheerleaders’ for the proposed airport at Lake Calumet; another such panel is pushing for expansion of McCormick […]