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Memory! Thou Fond Deceiver

To the editors: This may come as a shock to Alan Boomer, who has spent the last 15 years of his life “looking out the window, thinking of Levi Cobb’s turnaround jumper” [The Sports Section, March 1]. But Levi Cobb didn’t make the shot that beat West Aurora for the 1976 Class AA basketball championship. […]

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Ay, Carmela!

Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and Andres Pajares star as the headlining couple in the Elegant Variety Show, a vaudeville troupe entertaining Spanish Republican soldiers in 1938, shortly before their defeat by the fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Traveling with a young deaf-mute assistant (Gabino Diego), they’re arrested in […]

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Flag Bashing

To the editors: I have one minor quibble on Alan Boomer’s first Sports Section column (March 1) regarding the flag graphics during the ABC golf telecast. This may be a new wrinkle for ABC on all their tournaments–pathetic patriotism if so. Future broadcasts will clear this up. However, the Chrysler Cup is an international event, […]

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The City File

“The Easter Bunny, like all Chicagoans, has a favorite hotel,” according to a recent release, “and it’s the Four Seasons in 900 North Michigan.” Let’s hope they give him a big enough litter box. We Love Documentation. During “Eco-Dive ’91”–sponsored by the Shedd Aquarium and Aquasphere Sunday, April 14, in the Monroe Street harbor–volunteer divers […]

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Alan’s Blooper

To the editors: As any southsider can tell you, it was Laird Smith, not Levi Cobb, who sank in winning basket to win the 1976 state basketball championship [The Sports Section, March 1]. Perhaps Boomer, who was compelled to inform us twice how hard he works, might have been working a little too hard when […]

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Diamanda Galas

Diamanda Galas, the diva of the avant-garde whose amazing voice spans three and a half octaves, is back in town with her latest one-woman vocal extravaganza. Masque of the Red Death, which she calls a “plague mass,” is an operatic triptych dealing with the AIDS crisis. In the first part snippets from Leviticus, Job, and […]

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White Men Squirming

To the editors: This is in reference to both Bill Stamets’s review of the SisterSerpents show [Calendar, February 22] and Jonathan Rosenbaum’s reaction to The Silence of the Lambs [“The Ill and the Sick,” February 22]. We find it fascinating that whenever something comes out expressing OUTRAGE at the horror and debasement women live every […]

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Night Owls

At a quarter to four in the morning, a small group huddles in front of the North Park Village Nature Center on Chicago’s northwest side. Our guide, naturalist Jerry Garden, questions the young couple walking toward us: “Are you here for the owl prowl?” When they say yes, I ask Jerry jokingly, “Why else?” He […]

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And Now, Victim Abuse

To the editors: After reading Ms. Mary Shen Barnidge’s review of Anita Stenger’s Make Yer Bed and Lie [March 15], I couldn’t help but garnish “nurturing attention and adulation for the confessor.” Think of the hell Ms. Barnidge must endure to “fabricate” her “vague, enigmatic, and largely unprovable memories” of all these performances about incest. […]

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Pet Shop Boys

The Pet Shop Boys’ first American tour is an occasion for much anticipation and no little trepidation. Ned Tennant and Chris Lowe are a pair of extremely affected Britons (Tennant used to be the editor of England’s Smash Hits) who create a shimmering, distinctive breed of Eurodisco; part of their shtick is avoiding stages as […]

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Munchkins

Somehow we missed them on our first stroll around the tables, even though they were wearing large cloth flowerpots on their heads. They’re just so darned short: after all, they are Munchkins. Actually we heard them before we saw them: “The photos are for sale. Buy a photo and we’ll sign it. Only five dollars. […]