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The Straight Dope

WHY COWS ARE LOUSY TIPPERS Regarding cow tipping [November 16], your friend Robin tells lies. If a sleeping cow could be tipped over by some tanked-up frat rat, she could be tipped over by the wind. Mother Nature is not so easily outsmarted. Cows weigh from less than a thousand pounds to around two thousand […]

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Lithuanian Opera Company

Patriotic Lithuanians rise up in arms to vanquish foreign invaders–sound like a cold-war fantasy? It actually happened in the 1400s when the proud kingdom of Lithuania (which had once laid siege to Moscow) fought back against harassment from their western neighbors, the Teutonic knights. This chapter of Baltic history serves as the basis for a […]

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The City File

Thanks, I needed that. One workshop offered during the 72nd National Restaurant Association convention here last week: “Don’t Lose Your Restaurant By Accident. Don’t kill or maim your customers; it’s bad for business…” Quantity over quality. The International Society of Poets is accepting original poems (20 lines or less, please) for its “World’s Largest Poem […]

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Told You So

To the editors: It was with a mixture of strong emotions that I read Harold Henderson’s “Back From the USSR” in your 3 May issue. On the one hand, I was very pleased to see a whole lot of truth finally being told in the Reader about what the Soviet Socialist Republics are really all […]

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Play With Repeats/Feast

PLAY WITH REPEATS Strawdog Theater Company FEAST Steele Productions at Angel Island The premise of Martin Crimp’s Play With Repeats is well worn: a likeable nebbish who’s dissatisfied with his life is given the chance to relive the past and in the process recapture the lost opportunities that obsess him–the jobs not taken, the investments […]

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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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Personal Quest

MARIA MARTINEZ-CANAS at the Catherine Edelman Gallery The last time I saw Maria Martinez-Canas’s work was in 1984. I had just begun my second semester at the School of the Art Institute, and Canas was about to wrap up her MFA in photography. A visiting instructor threw a party at his apartment, and Canas presented […]

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Going Nowhere

POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO Chicago Opera Theater Against the odds, Chicago Opera Theater is completing its 1991 season, with Dominick Argento’s Postcard From Morocco. Though Argento’s name is hardly well known, this is the second of his operas to be produced in Chicago in the last eight months; Lyric Opera did his Voyage of Edgar Allan […]