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Supreme Logic

To the editors: Now, I’m no constitutional scholar, so let me see if I’ve got this straight: under the Supreme Court’s Miranda decision, police are required to inform someone they’ve arrested of his/her constitutional rights; under the recent Court decision upholding the Administration’s rules for federally funded family planning clinics, physicians are forbidden to tell […]

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Custom Work

Beneath five rows of buzzing fluorescent bulbs, custom tailor Fred Mazzei is cutting a suit. He moves his five-pound pair of ironclad shears with amazing accuracy, making his way through two layers of fabric at a time with a succession of sharp snaps. He stacks the pieces on an adjacent wooden table in two piles, […]

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Pedophilia and Homophobia

To the editors: The English language, which served Jason Berry so well and which he used so brilliantly in his report on pedophile priests (24 May) does not seem to have a general term to characterize what he reported. “Horrible,” “awful,” “terrible,” “appalling,” etc are all very inadequate to the reality. (Having to work late […]

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The War Notebooks

THE WAR NOTEBOOKS Dark Ladder Ensemble A commodity that should be classified as war surplus: all those martial-themed shows precipitously assembled by theater companies hoping to exploit Persian Gulf war fever, only to be left high and dry by an armistice as swift and sudden as the skirmish that preceded it. Some of these were […]

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Is the Pop. Catholic?

To the editors: I am writing to congratulate you on your courage in publishing Jason Berry’s article about pedophilia [“The Sins of the Fathers,” May 24]. It was very well written and I’m sure very well edited. Someone has at last resisted the Archdiocese’s attempt to intimidate the local media, thank heaven. Incidentally, if you […]

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The Straight Dope

My friend Heather and her hubby just laid out some fairly big bucks to spend a weekend learning how to maximize their total personhood and all that. Highlight of the weekend was a scamper across hot coals. The idea was to impress you with the power of your mind–if you kept thoughts of cool moss […]

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Color Blindness

To the editors: In response to Jack Helbig’s 5/31/91 review of Chameleon Productions’ Wrestlers: I do not take issue with Mr. Helbig’s assertion that Wrestlers was “old-fashioned, flat-footed, and banal.” That is his opinion and he is entitled to it. Other audience members (those who read reviews should keep in mind that a critic is […]

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The City File

It’s a zoo out there. “Approximately 8500 animal lovers nationwide contribute to the care and feeding of Brookfield Zoo’s animals by ‘adopting’ them,” says the zoo’s newsletter Preview (Summer). Among the “parents” and “adoptees” have been “NBC’s David Letterman (giant cockroach), former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson (timber rattlesnake), WBBM TV’s weatherman Harry Volkman (Affie Elephant)…an […]

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Bernabe

BERNABE at Latino Chicago Theater Company Bernabe–written by Luis Valdez and the first production of Latino Chicago Mujeres, a women’s auxiliary of sorts within Latino Chicago Theater Company–is one of the most blatantly sexist plays ever presented by Latino Chicago. Its two female roles are–literally–virgin and whore. If you have a smidgen of conscience, stay […]

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Dispatch From the Out Crowd

To the editors: I would encourage you to not include future events at Shelter in your Critic’s Choice section. In the May 5, 1991, Reader, the critic chose the right band–3rd Bass–but the band chose the wrong venue: Shelter. The problems at Shelter were so bad that the critics should avoid picking any band playing […]

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Sins of the Churches

To the editors: Thank you for publishing “The Sins of the Fathers” (May 24). This is a serious issue, not just for the Roman Catholic Church, but for many religious denominations that hold to “traditional” (heterosexist, homophobic, erotophobic) views on human sexuality. What was missing in your fine article exposing priestly pedophilia was how the […]

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Refined Visions

EMERGING VISIONS: THE CHOREOGRAPHERS’ MENTOR PROJECT at the Dance Center of Columbia College June 6-8 Dancers like to say that the body doesn’t lie. But the fact is, different bodies tell as many different truths as different tongues. The trick, as always, is to speak your own language and still make others understand. Strangely, it […]