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Paintball Is for Pansies

To the editors: Real soldiers shoot real bullets and really get hurt when they get hit, while suburban chickenshits play bang-bang with spitballs and call it “instinctive male aggression.” Do they jerk off in front of G.I. Joe dolls, too? Paintball and the people who play it [“War Is Swell,” February 15] are an obscene […]

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

These days, it’s no surprise to find unusual groupings of instruments–sometimes so odd you’re hard pressed to call the resulting configuration a “band” at all. But even against this backdrop, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble gets points for iconoclasm. Most improvising ensembles supply at least one of the following instruments to tie together the music’s threads: […]

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Hold Me

HOLD ME Badlands Theatre Company Though we usually think of the 1950s as an era of placid innocence, that image was born mostly of desperation. Coming on the heels of the squalor of the Depression and the adrenaline frenzy of World War II, the giddy euphoria of the 50s was a stubborn attempt to deny […]

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Maceo Parker

If James Brown is indeed the godfather of soul, then he couldn’t have found a better consigliere than Maceo Parker, the alto saxist best known as leader of Brown’s J.B. Horns. Maceo’s sound practically oozes from the horn, and as straw boss he has been able to translate that to J.B.’s horn sections–which have left […]

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Remember Amnesia?

ARCHANGEL *** (A must-see) Directed by Guy Maddin Written by George Toles and Maddin With Kyle McCulloch, Kathy Marykuca, Ari Cohen, Sarah Neville, Michael Gottli, and Victor Cowie. Amnesia is a subject we associate with film noir of the 40s and 50s, and social commentators tend to link its use in such films–with their gloomy […]

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Mothers and Daughters

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS Piven Theatre Workshop Every woman, I suppose, has a quarrel with her mother. It may run very deep, as Joyce Piven says of hers with her mother, or not deep at all, as her daughter Shira says of theirs. In Mothers and Daughters (subtitled “A Cross Cultural Collage”) these two women try […]

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The Sports Section

My good friend and predecessor in this space, Ted Cox, has gone south, in a hurry, perhaps for good. Before leaving he advised me to tell you about myself: I was born in Chicago, Illinois. If I had my druthers I’d live in a temperate climate–like my sister in San Diego–and play golf 300 days […]

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Big Blonde

“Hazel Morse was a large, fair woman of the type that incites some men when they use the word ‘blonde’ to click their tongues and wag their heads roguishly,” says the opening sentence of Dorothy Parker’s 1929 story “Big Blonde.” Parker herself was small and dark; so is performer Shirley Anderson, who has adapted Parker’s […]

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Four years after the referendum, Sidney Zwick is still fighting the Northwestern/Evanston Research Park

After the 1986 referendum, Evanston officials figured the fuss over the Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park had ended. Four years ago, Evanstonians proved so enthusiastic about the 24-acre mixed-use development that they voted by a two-to-one margin to break ground on the site without delay, not even for an environmental-impact study. Today city officials contend that […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Colorado district judge Connie Peterson dismissed a lawsuit in December filed by Vance Hewuse over the allegedly “atrocious” and “outrageous” initiation rites of a local disabled veterans auxiliary group, the National Order of Trench Rats. According to Hewuse, he was fed “worms” (actually spaghetti) while blindfolded and then introduced to a nude woman […]

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Jeffrey Cohan, Mary Springfels, and David Schrader

Ever since violist de gamba Mary Springfels formed the Newberry Consort a decade ago, Chicago has been a magnet for practitioners (and fans) of early music. One of the latest recruits is Jeffrey Cohan, an internationally recognized, award-winning flutist. Cohan’s virtuosity and versatility will be introduced on this collaborative occasion, titled “Italy and France: Divisions […]