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Another View of Margaret Hills

To the editors: I chaired the contract negotiating committee for the Chicago Symphony Chorus referred to in Lewis Lazare’s April 12, 1991 Culture Club column under the headline, “Two Developments at the CSO.” At no time did Henry Fogel, executive director of the CSO, speculate whether Ms. Hillis would be director of the chorus when […]

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Field & Street

Last weekend we held the first ever North Branch Spring Bird Count. When I say we, I mean mainly my friend David Standish and me, along with Jeff Rovner and Judy Pollock. A couple more people had said they would try to get out to one of the restoration sites along the North Branch of […]

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The Women Worrier

MORDINE & COMPANY DANCE THEATRE at the Dance Center of Columbia College May 9-11 and 16-18 I think Shirley Mordine worries a lot–about what keeps people apart, what prevents them from becoming themselves, what keeps them going, what makes them change. Though Mordine is one of Chicago’s most enduring choreographers–she founded her company 23 years […]

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1991 Off Off Loop Theater Festival

Eighteen theater companies are presented in six different programs of two to four plays each, organized along loose thematic lines by producer Doug Bragan and associate producer Judith Easton. That’s two more companies and two more programs than last year, when Bragan first stepped in to revive this non-Equity showcase founded and then discontinued by […]

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It’s Still My Turn

Nancy Reagan as poetry slammer? Well, why not? In this “amorality play”–evolved from his old Saturday Night Live routines, and sharpened considerably in response to both Mrs. Reagan’s memoir My Turn and Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized biography–Terry Sweeney offers a deliciously funny portrait of the former first lady that’s simultaneously impeccable and improbable. Fancy Nancy delivering […]

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News of the Weird

Leady Story Professor George Harker, chairman of Western Illinois University’s department of recreation and tourism and an expert on the philosophy of leisure, was formally charged in March by school officials with taking excessive vacation time and shirking some university duties. Said Harker, “I try to work my own personal experiences into the classroom.” Harker […]

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Day-care centers and alternative schools are getting burned by new state fire regulations

Hardly anyone–except perhaps a Chicago Teachers Union lifer–would dispute that providing alternatives to the Chicago public schools is of major importance, particularly for non-Catholics. But the new state fire-alarm code for private day-care centers and preschools is so strict that it could well cause the closing of some of the schools and centers that provide […]

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Catholics in Heat

CATHOLICS IN HEAT Stage Two Theatre Company This week’s newspapers carried reports of a speech Pope John Paul II made in Portugal warning (to quote the Reuters wire service) “that materialism still threatened Christianity.” The pope never met Wanda Gassett; if he did, he might throw in the towel. Wanda is the heroine of Christopher […]

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Celebration

A luncheon at Ditka’s put on by the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences finished with jumbled scenes from Gone With the Wind playing on five overhead TV sets. Pretend battles and a resplendent Vivien Leigh had been cannibalized to decorate this music video. As the sound was turned down, […]

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Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women

When these three self-proclaimed “middle-aged” women left their day gigs and hit the road in 1988, some predicted that their folksy, hummin’ and strummin’ approach toward blues would wear out its welcome and they’d eventually be relegated to some cubicle in Kingston Trio Hell. But so far the Uppity Blues Women show no signs of […]

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Court Theatre Terrible is the temptation to do good! –the Singer, The Caucasian Chalk Circle Virtue may be its own reward, but that’s little protection in a world that despises it. In The Caucasian Chalk Circle Brecht told a bitter truth–that the rich expect the poor to be submissive and to […]