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Roughing It

ROUGHING IT Touchstone Theatre Huckleberry Finn’s journey down the Mississippi is the classic American initiation rite: a Missouri whelp’s not-so-innocent naivete about slavery, lynch mobs, and family feuds slowly grows into an adult skepticism–and better, a skepticism about adults. Huck’s creator, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, had his own rites of passage as a young man. After […]

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Two Women’s Tales

TWO WOMEN’S TALES Jan Bartoszek/Hedwig Dances and Amy Osgood at the Dance Center of Columbia College March 14-16 Jan Bartoszek and Amy Osgood make fine dances–musical, well crafted, and thoughtfully produced. Both choreographers choose interesting scores and create shifting, complex relationships between the images, phrases, and structures of the movement and those of the music. […]

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The Woman of His Dreams

M. BUTTERFLY at the Chicago Theatre Philip Anglim is best known for his performance as John Merrick, the sweet-souled freak of nature in Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man. The concept in that play was that Merrick would appear onstage without elaborate makeup. There’d be no cosmetic hint of his grotesque deformity. Just the opposite, in […]

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The Happy Organ

To the editors: Medusa (another anonymous female art collective) welcomes the article on SisterSerpents by Bill Stamets [February 22]; a few comments: Artemisia is not actually the name of an ancient warring queen. The name is Artemis/Diana, the huntress, one of the aspects of the Great Goddess. But Artemisia is the name of one of […]

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Work

WORK at Prairie Avenue Gallery Artists like to title their paintings literally, with something specifically descriptive such as “Woman Standing in Front of Mirror” or “Still Life With Apples, Grapes, and Pear.” With the exhibit currently at Prairie Avenue Gallery, curator Katherine Cantwell has gone a step further, labeling the whole show quite simply “Work.” […]

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Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound

One of the most underrated films of 1990, representing Corman’s directorial comeback after 19 years, adapts Brian Aldiss’s intellectually ambitious novel about a 21st-century scientist (John Hurt) who finds himself in Geneva in 1816, where he meets Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) and her famous fictional creations, Frankenstein and his monster. Far from a total success […]

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Obliterating the 60s

To the editors: Eleanor Stoddard’s letter [February 8] was mostly hilarious. Upon reading it I had to take another look at Mike McGrath’s review of Ronald Reagan’s autobiography [January 18] to see if McGrath really had included loopy, loony conspiracy theories worthy of Lyndon LaRouche. I’m still looking. If anything, McGrath was relatively gracious; the […]

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Basically Bach

I’m a skeptic when it comes to period-instrument performances, especially when they indiscriminately subject works by Mozart, Beethoven, and other post-Baroque masters to the treatment. I admit curiosity might get me to listen–once–to late-18th-century music performed as it might have been on instruments of the period (or reasonable replicas). And it’s true that some such […]

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The Straight Dope

After considerable debate and several fistfights in which I have been left friendless there remains a great “void” in my mind. What would happen if a person were thrown into the vacuum of space without protective clothing? Some bozos (e.g., my ex-friends) think you (the person thrown into space) would blow up. I however disagree. […]

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No Job Too Big

HUBBARD STREET DANCE COMPANY at the Civic Center for Performing Arts March 12, 14, 15, and 16 How far can Hubbard Street travel, how many different styles can they tuck under their belts? So far there’s been no sign that any challenge is too great. Last week they offered a program of dances that were […]

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Lobo a Go-Go

LOBO A GO-GO Moonlight Epics & Overtures at the Theatre Building Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s Grease paid homage to the innocent 50s (innocent, one presumes, because the authors were innocent then)–it encapsulated, glorified, and ultimately reaffirmed 50s icons and values. Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, on the other hand, despite its campy-nostalgic humor […]

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The City File

The nine wards where independents are still battling it out in runoffs with other candidates are (IVI-IPO endorsed candidates in italics) the 4th (incumbent Timothy Evans vs. Tony Preckwinkle), 10th (former alderman John Buchanan vs. Clem Balanoff), 20th (incumbent Arenda Troutman vs. Dino McNeal), 27th (incumbent Sheneather Butler vs. Rickey Hendon), 29th (incumbent Sam Burrell […]