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The Lovers of Viorne

THE LOVERS OF VIORNE Interplay When my father-in-law goes to the doctor, he refuses to describe his symptoms. “It’s the doctor’s job to figure out what’s wrong with me. I’ll be damned if I’m going to do his work for him.” Marguerite Duras seems to bring a similar attitude to her play The Lovers of […]

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Hot Type

Which Paper Do You Read? The papers don’t always see eye-to-eye on how to play a story, but there’s usually unanimity on whether a suspect is indicted or exonerated. But if you read what the local papers had to say about AIDS researcher Robert Gallo this month, you must have wondered if he’d retrieved his […]

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Paris, c. 1400

NEWBERRY CONSORT Scottish Rite Cathedral October 6 Most lives in 15th-century France were short, nasty, and brutish–burdened by assorted maladies, the lingering hostilities with England, and the internecine feuds among dukes. Yet arts and crafts flourished–the rich and the powerful, as if to atone for their sins, were munificent in their patronage. John, Duke of […]

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Ed’s Redeeming Qualities

Ed’s Redeeming Qualities is a folk group gone seriously awry: the band comprises a ukelele player (who looks like a normal alternative-rock type), a violinist cum guitarist (a woman, ditto), a “percussionist” (who mostly plays bongos and looks like he should own an Italian restaurant) and, on record at least, the ukelele player’s late brother, […]

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The Sports Section

The Bears are once again proof of the continual pop-culture significance of sports. Many players remain from the 1985 world-championship team, but the Bears’ overall personality is completely different. The mid-80s were an urgent, ruthless, marauding time, and the Bears reflected that. With their quick outside linebackers, Otis Wilson and Wilber Marshall, tackling opponents the […]

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Travel Incentive

Folding chairs are arranged in three neat semicircles around the tiny makeshift stage–a slightly raised platform with a jungle backdrop, all purple, green, brown, and gray tendrils, vines, and leaves. Big rocks have been painted onto two folding screens that are placed off to each side, and one suspiciously square boulder rests in lone splendor […]

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Replacements–All Shook Down

ALL SHOOK DOWN Replacements Sire Records 926298-2 Paul Westerberg, sturdy and talented, burst into the record business with a snotty and loud foursome, the Replacements; he’s been trying to live it down ever since. The bashing and crashing have given way to sensitively constructed songs, and the band’s bad attitude has smoothed out into a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Michael S. Doherty’s murder conviction was reversed in November by the Texas Court of Appeals because of his lawyer’s “ineffective assistance.” The two most serious errors came in courtroom conferences in which the lawyer, checking facts with his client, whispered loudly (within earshot of the jury), “You didn’t take all the money, right?” […]

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Aldo Goes to School

On a Tuesday Aldo DeAngelis, Republican candidate for Cook County Board president, visits DuSable High School at 4934 S. Wabash. He tells about 100 African American students who are crowded into a classroom and overflowing into the hall that by choosing to live in Cook County they pay 20 percent higher taxes than they would […]