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Evita

EVITA Prologue Theatre Productions at the Court Theatre Considerable controversy swirled around Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s pop opera Evita when it came out in 1976: Was the team glorifying its subject and the fashionable fascism she was associated with? After all, Evita was the follow-up to Jesus Christ Superstar; were Rice and Lloyd […]

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Field & Street

A pair of bluebirds is nesting at North Park Village. Laurel Ross, the naturalist in charge of the nature preserve at Pulaski and Peterson on the site of the former municipal TB sanatorium, called me Monday morning with the news. “We have had the bluebird boxes out for three years,” she said, “but all we […]

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Let’s Hear It for Wilson High

To the editors: Ben Joravsky gives us a fascinating insight into bureaucratic yo-yoing in his article on Wilson High School’s up-until-now successful attempt to survive, grow, and serve [June 7]. I wonder about the economic return on our investment at Wilson. What, I wonder, is our per student investment to make these young, “educable mentally […]

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Magic Slim & the Teardrops

For those of us who first encountered Magic Slim years ago at his legendary Sunday-afternoon blues jams at Florence’s Lounge at 55th and Shields, it’s hard to believe that this former best-kept secret of the south side has become an international celebrity. Unlike some, however, Slim hasn’t let success go to his head, or his […]

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Jim McNeely

With Jim McNeely, you have to listen a little harder than usual to catch the breadth of his playing–but once you do, he continues to impress you with his muscular technique and cinemascope conception. In fact, the more you hear him, the better he sounds. His solos seem to sprawl from one end of the […]

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The Old Couple

THE SUNSHINE BOYS National Jewish Theater I never got to see real vaudeville. When I came of age, in the 60s, the old Regal was long gone, the Chicago Theatre defunct. The legendary Adelphi (our answer to New York’s Palace) had dwindled into the Clark, a film revival house torn down in the late 60s. […]

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Our Atrocities

To the editors: A friend in Chicago recently sent me a copy of the article published May 10 in the Reader. “The Dying Has Just Begun” by Tom Johnson is singularly the finest piece I have read since the Gulf War. The media played a significant role by underreporting the devastation that our bombing caused […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In Hull, England, Judge Arthur Myerson ignited protest in March when he rejected a life sentence for rapist Brian David Huntley and gave him three years instead. Myerson said he gave the lesser sentence because Huntley “showed concern and consideration by wearing a contraceptive.” Grudges A February story in the Quad City Times […]

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Genocide Begins at Home

To the editors: The Reader should be commended for printing “The Dying Has Just Begun” in the May 10, 1991, issue. Tom Johnson’s interview with Louise Cainkar of the Human Rights Research Foundation about the consequences of the U.S. war against Iraq contained facts so horrible that it was almost physically painful to read. I […]

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Out of Austria

AUSTRIAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: BEYOND TRADITION IN THE 1990s at the Art Institute Israeli journalist Amos Elon recently filed a “Report From Vienna” in the New Yorker that claimed, among other things, that Austrian society still visibly yearns for its imperial past, which was dismantled three-quarters of a century ago. Elon’s extremely unflattering portrait of […]