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Calendar Photo Caption

The wooden sign to the left–which adorned a shop in Coconut Grove, Florida, about 15 years ago–is part of the Carl Hammer Gallery’s show “The Art of the Sign,” opening today. Some of the signs in the show once advertised actual products (bait, refrigerators, fresh fruit); others were made by artists–like Jesse Howard, whose 20-acre […]

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The 64-Cent Question

“Do you support the arts, sir?” Michael Blackwell asked a businessman with hunched-up shoulders on Michigan Avenue. The day was sunny and crisp, and Blackwell and the man were a study in contrasts: Blackwell, wearing a green cap made of artificial turf, was loose-limbed and dressed in de rigueur artist black; the man, trying to […]

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What Bloom Believes

To the editors: I found the essay by George Lipsitz [“Comment: What Counts as Culture?” August 10] to be both interesting and informative. However, I believe it was unfair of Mr. Lipsitz to characterize Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind as a right-wing document. Nowhere in the book does Mr. Bloom espouse “a […]

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The Straight Dope

About a year ago I asked the question, “When did mankind figure out that SEX = BABIES?” (I mentioned that I’d read about the discovery being alluded to in some Abyssinian or Hittite texts.) So far I haven’t seen the answer in print. What’s holding things up? –Larrie Ferreiro, Alexandria, Virginia Keep your pants on, […]

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The City File

Cat houses. “Most buildings will only accept cats that are neutered and declawed,” writes Kevin Knapp in Real Estate Profile (September 14). “This policy has become so widespread that the term ‘apartment ready cat’ has been developed to describe the only kind of feline highrises find acceptable.” Wanted: 65,000 to 260,000 moderately warm bodies. “With […]

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Broadway Bound

BROADWAY BOUND Pegasus Players There’s a telling scene near the end of Broadway Bound in which Eugene Jerome–representing the youthful Neil Simon–raptly listens to his mother, Kate. First shyly, then rhapsodically, she retells a memory familiar to both of them: how one spe cial night George Raft–slick, sophisticated, and notorious–actually asked her to dance, how […]

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Too Many Poor

To the editors: This is in response to your article concerning the Edgewater Community Council’s (ECC) attempt to block construction of six CHA town houses on the 5400 block of North Winthrop [Neighborhood News, September 14]. As President of the Edgewater Beach Neighbors’ Association (EBNA) (the area block club made up of local residents) which […]

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ECC Wants It Both Ways

To the editors: The ECC position on scattered site public housing (Neighborhood News, 14 Sept.) contrasts with their position on gentrification. When a new owner evicts long-time residents of the community, some of whom have contributed more to the quality of life in their neighborhood than the average ECC board member has in hers, the […]