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How to Save WFMT

To the editors: Re: WFMT [Hot Type, January 11] and the insidious tin-ear syndrome. I find it exasperatingly impossible to listen to Dennis Moore’s generic pear-shaped tones and maddeningly predictable bouncing ball delivery–devoid of any substantive linkage with the content of what he’s saying. Jay Andres’s pseudo-folksy aw-shucks mumbling and discombobulated easy-listening aura are even […]

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Lost Another One

To the editors: As a “sometime” reader of your paper I have vowed to STOP in the name of love. Heather McAdams (Christmas in January of the year that was long ago AND is now) [section three, January 25] was the biggest turnoff since the last Edison blackout, which was tomorrow. She should have just […]

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The Babysitter

THE BABYSITTER Parallax Theater Company at the Chicago Actors Project Females in certain occupations seem to symbolize sexual availability. Stewardesses, for example. And chambermaids. And cocktail waitresses. And sometimes even baby-sitters. Such women ignite erotic fantasies in men, fantasies about nubile females smoldering with sexual desire, eager to be conquered. Of course, there’s something ludicrous […]

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Lines of Fire

At the end of a day when more than 1,000 allied bombing missions had been carried out against Iraq and Kuwait, ABC’s Ted Koppel said, “Since that Scud missile hit Tel Aviv earlier today, it has been a quiet night in the Middle East.” A comparable obliviousness to the fate of nonwhites led to the […]

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Ballet Evolving

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE at the Civic Center for Performing Arts February 5-7 In a bit of eclectic programming last week, American Ballet Theatre juxtaposed a 50-year-old Balanchine work and a Twyla Tharp Chicago premiere. This succinct lesson in 20th-century ballet demonstrated not only how Tharp follows Balanchine’s line but also how she extends it, risking […]

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Five Blind Boys of Alabama

Last summer, Clarence Fountain and his gospel group roused audiences out of their seats in the Goodman Theatre’s The Gospel at Colonus, in which ancient Greek myth was reset as an African American church pageant. Fountain’s gritty lead vocals, propelled by the vibrant harmonies of the rest of the group, proclaimed a decidedly earthy brand […]

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Roy Nathanson Quartet

Ever wonder what it might have been like if Eric Dolphy met, say, Harold Pinter–at Sun Ra’s house? Then try these guys on for size. First famous as a member of New York darlings the Lounge Lizards, saxophonist Nathanson is also cofounder of and guiding force behind the Jazz Passengers, the sophisticated, roisterous, witty, rough-hewn […]

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Don Cherry & Multikulti

By calling Don Cherry a father of “world music,” I don’t mean to slight either his trumpet playing or his vital niche in the history of jazz. His expertise on the instrument–which might be seen as a logical (if bold) extension of Dizzy Gillespie’s playing–made it possible for him to learn and execute the early […]

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Stage, Screen and Television

PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS: ON THE SET OF DEATH OF A SALESMAN *** (A must-see) Directed by Christian Blackwood. I’ve never seen Volker Schlondorff’s 150-minute made-for-TV film of Death of a Salesman (1985), which Leonard Maltin’s TV Movies awards high marks: “Stunning though stylistic remounting of [Dustin] Hoffman’s Broadway revival of the classic Arthur Miller play with […]