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People’s Choice

A television concept we’re pitching on the coast: “The Towering Geniuses of All Time People’s Choice Awards and Celebrity Cavalcade.” Teams of scholars pick finalists in lots of important categories, but the public gets to choose the winners. For example, Best Philosopher Ever. The nominees might include Plato. Kant. Descartes. A dark horse like Maimonides […]

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The City File

The city that really hums. According to the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers–which recently opened a midwest membership office–Chicago is “the jingles capitol of the world.” Everything you wanted to know about the November election, according to Illinois Issues (December 1990). From Charles N. Wheeler III: “In black wards…the loss of potential votes […]

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Closer Than Ever

CLOSER THAN EVER Apple Tree Theatre A war looms in the Middle East; the U.S. sinks into economic recession; crime and wanton violence spread like a plague throughout the nation; poverty, homelessness, and disease make millions suffer. But hey, you’d never know it from watching Closer Than Ever. The four cozily clad consumers who populate […]

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The Godfather Part III

Francis Coppola’s tragic and worthy (if uneven) conclusion to his Godfather trilogy, which he wrote in collaboration with Mario Puzo, represents a certain moral improvement over its predecessors by refusing to celebrate and condemn violence and duplicity in the same breath, or at least to the same degree. For 161 minutes, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino […]

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Field & Street

An immature bald eagle was sighted last week at Saganashkee Slough in the Palos forest preserves. Palos is the most likely place in Cook County to find a bald eagle. The forest preserves are big enough to provide them with secluded roosting trees, and the many shallow lakes and sloughs are prime hunting areas for […]

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The Nutcracker

THE NUTCRACKER at the Arie Crown Theatre December 7-9, 12-16, 18-23, 26-30 In times as uncertain and threatening as ours, we must be doubly grateful for that most comforting standby, The Nutcracker. Just about wherever one looks in the United States–on major stages, in gymnasiums and community centers–American audiences are flocking to see virtue triumphant: […]