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Angst at the Athenaeum

IDOMENEO Chicago Opera Theater at the Athenaeum Theatre It is no secret that Chicago Opera Theater is fighting for its financial life. Disappointing ticket sales for Where the Wild Things Are coupled with unexpected costs for Carousel at the Shubert have left COT at the end of its rope. Only an eleventh-hour appeal for funds […]

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Mystery of the Tower-Fish

VASILY KAFANOV at the Maya Polsky Gallery Vasily Kafanov’s oil-and-acrylic paintings on canvas at the Maya Polsky Gallery are instantly enchanting. With roots in both Russian Jewish culture and the carnival tradition, these works initially overwhelm the viewer with their whimsical figures and unique technical approach. But Kafanov employs only a few symbolic motifs throughout […]

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Department of Petty Little Pricks

To the editors: I’m always amazed at what petty little pricks writers can be. In his “Culture Club” column of February 1, Lewis Lazare faulted Chicago magazine’s Henry Hanson for supporting a new performing-arts center. That’s certainly a legitimate debate, but Lazare goes on to say that Hanson’s writings have been “confined primarily to the […]

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Blues in the Night

BLUES IN THE NIGHT Bailiwick Repertory “If you ever been blue, you know how a woman feels,” Bessie Smith sang in “Blue Blues.” But all I know from watching Blues in the Night is how Sheldon Epps thinks black American women feel. Epps is the fellow who conceived and originally directed this concept revue of […]

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Up With Lower Links

To the editors: I would like to applaud the editor of the Reader’s calendar page for allowing both sidebar articles in your 2/8/91 issue to feature events that were held at Club Lower Links. In the three years that Club Lower Links has been open, it has produced a staggering array of alternative and innovative […]

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The Straight Dope

In Science magazine a while back an article about the latest attempts to calculate pi to the umpteen zillionth decimal place made a passing reference to a curious Oklahoma law. It said Oklahoma legislators had passed a law making pi equal to 3.0. I also remember Robert Heinlein in one of his novels mentioning that […]

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Police Traditions

To the editors: While Bill Wyman’s article on the police riot in front of the Aragon [January 18] contained some compelling narrative, his conclusions that the incident was little more than the behavior of “jerks” gone amok totally lacked perspective. Does Wyman have any notion of the long-standing problems of police misconduct in this city? […]

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The City File

Kill, maim, destroy with Bill and Linda. A survey of the four major local TV stations’ late newscasts from December 1989 to May 1990 (conducted by Northwestern University’s Robert Entman) reveals that Channel Nine spent the least time on crime (1,955 seconds) and Channel Two spent by far the most (4,660 seconds) (Chicago Reporter, January […]

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O Elusive Truth

To the editors: Happy as I was to have Live Bait and City Lit’s “Poetry Under the Lights” series featured on the calendar page [November 16], I was startled by several misconceptions which appear to have resulted from Ms. De Zutter’s brief interview with me. Allow me to correct them: (1) The title of City […]

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Increasing Wind

To the editors: Just to clear up any possible misconceptions–someone at the Reader, not me, gave my article on William Clarke [February 8] its headline. To a harp player, “little wind” would be an insult; “wind” means a strong tone, ability to sustain notes, and creative use of timbre, as well as loudness. Clarke’s got […]