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Between Daylight and Boonville

BETWEEN DAYLIGHT AND BOONVILLE Edge Productions at the Halsted Theatre Centre Playwright and television writer Matt Williams’s first professionally produced play, Between Daylight and Boonville, which premiered ten years ago off-Broadway, has all the hallmarks of an early work by a promising young writer. Certainly the play shows Williams’s keen ear for dialogue and good […]

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Vermeer Quartet

The Vermeer Quartet, the only Chicago-area string quartet with an international reputation, has found a new venue at the Chicago Historical Society, and its inaugural recital series there plays up the group’s versatility and experience. Of the trio of works slated for the opening concert two are definitely of high quality, though they’re seldom performed. […]

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Screaming Laugh Riot

BUCHANAN’S FINEST HOUR Quando Productions at Second City E.T.C. Americans aren’t likely to associate Terry Jones and Michael Palin with the stage. For comedy lovers on this side of the Atlantic, the television screen was Jones and Palin’s medium: the mortally funny Monty Python’s Flying Circus of course, as well as earlier jobs writing for […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In a July divorce case in Broward County, Florida, Judge Paul Marko forbade Marianne Price, 33, from having boyfriends over to her house because it was formerly joint property, but said her husband could have the “entire [Miami] Dolphins cheerleading squad running through his apartment naked” because it was “his” apartment. Marko then […]

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Passing the Baton

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Orchestra Hall September 30 For the opening concerts of its centennial season the Chicago Symphony couldn’t have come up with a more potent and poignant gesture. On the podium, smiling and snarling as usual, was Georg Solti, the durable music director in his farewell season. At the piano, occasionally glancing up […]

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Beyond Belief

BALLET CHICAGO at the Blackstone Theatre October 17, 19, and 20 The awkward adolescent has grown up. Like a member of the corps de ballet learning her first principal role, just discovering her unique mental and physical potential and anticipating a long, distinguished career, Ballet Chicago has come of age. Circumstances conspire to make our […]

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Music of the Baroque

The hardy Music of the Baroque is now embarking on its 20th season. Among the ingredients of its success are a top-notch, well-prepared chorus, an ensemble of brilliant instrumentalists, and a knowledgeable conductor who likes his music–anything up to Beethoven–fast and furious. Thomas Wikman’s penchant for brisk tempi and bright orchestral color has its detractors, […]

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Siting Bull

To the editors: In Harold Henderson’s article “What a Waste” (September 28, 1990) he focused on the source reduction and recycling components of House Bill 4013, downplaying the implications of the siting provisions of the bill. While HB 4013 does contain some positive source reduction and recycling provisions, the thrust of the bill is to […]

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Puccini Western

THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST at Lyric Opera Lyric Opera’s third offering of this season, Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West, was its second attempt to knock our socks off with an operatic star. And Placido Domingo was rather more successful at wowing the audience than was Jessye Norman in Alceste. For those […]

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The Straight Dope

FACTS ABOUT CATS You seem to be stumped as to the origin of the old wives’ tale about cats sucking the breath out of humans [August 17]. Perhaps I can help. Cats are often accused of being indifferent to their owners, but they simply have different ways of showing their affection. One of these is […]

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Our Glowing Future

To the editors: Harold Henderson and James Krohe, Jr., [City File, October 5] have ignored the significant role nuclear energy has played in reducing the dependence of Japan and Europe on imported oil. After the OPEC embargo, Japan and several European countries, France in particular, began crash programs to construct nuclear generating stations. Before the […]

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Green-Mosley Complex

You haven’t heard of them, but this is one band with big shoulders and plenty of horsepower; then again, what would you expect from an alliance of Chicago and Detroit musicians? Kenneth Green is the pianist, from the Motor City; Dushun Mosley, the Chi-town drummer (best known as one of Ed Wilkerson’s Eight Bold Souls), […]

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The City File

Don’t read this at lunchtime. From the U.S. General Accounting Office Reports and Testimony (July 1990): “FDA and USDA inspectors do not test trucks for bacterial or chemical residues that may remain in a vehicle after it has hauled garbage because the test would be too costly, complex, and time-consuming and because they have found […]