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News of the Weird

Lead Story Frank Charles Snyder, 29, a former volunteer on Sacramento’s suicide prevention hot line, confessed in May that in an act of retaliation he had slit the wrists of a man whom he knew to be a chronic caller to the hot line but who had recently become too demanding. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Personne […]

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Larry Noval Trio

I don’t know if it bothers Larry Novak that he’s not more famous; I know it bothers me. Oh sure, there are plenty of Chicagoans–and touring performers–who remember Novak’s many years as house pianist at Mr. Kelly’s, and he’s busy enough with various composition projects that he doesn’t need to be playing the nightclub circuit […]

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Chicago Young Playwrights Festival

CHICAGO YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL at Pegasus Players The view offered in the four pieces that make up this year’s Chicago Young Playwrights Festival is certainly bleak. Here are scenes of horrifying intensity, confrontations with incestuous parents, family upheaval, violence, and death. But here too–especially in Clarence Lang’s vital The Chevy Odyssey–are illuminating scenes. The festival, […]

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Always, Patsy Cline

ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE Halsted Theatre Centre The setting of Always, Patsy Cline is the tiny cabaret lounge at Mr. Kelly’s on Rush Street on the evening of February 8, 1963. The “queen of country music” is making an appearance in preparation for her upcoming solo concert at Carnegie Hall–a concert she will not live to […]

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Packing Them in at the Sheridan

To the editors: A few comments on your generally excellent article in Neighborhood News regarding the plight of the Palacio theater building [June 21]. Rabbi Solomon Goldman, for whom the structure was named when it was owned by Anshe Emet, was a major figure in the Jewish Conservative movement beginning in the 1930s. He was […]

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Black Like You

To the editors: With all due respect of the right of theater critics to disagree with, dislike, or dismember a show, I must take issue with Jack Helbig’s review of Chameleon Productions’ Wrestlers (May 31). We’re not writing because the review was unfavorable, rather, the tone of his comments. First of all, Helbig indicates that […]

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Neolithic Pi

To the editors: The story about the legislatures of Indiana and other states wrestling with the value of pi [The Straight Dope, April 5] was interesting, but H.K. Saalbach’s biblical reference was fascinating. I thank you for including it. You might want to include this even earlier chapter in the saga: According to Alexander Thom, […]

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Jim Snidero

The alto saxophone has recently reestablished its vital niche in modern jazz after years of playing second fiddle to the deeper, more romantic tenor saxophone. The tenor still remains the most popular jazz horn; but the alto’s singular, sexy intensity is again in fashion, and you can thank guys like Jim Snidero for making it […]

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Out Infighting

To the editors: As one of the honorees, I’d be more discreet to keep modestly silent about the so-called flap [June 21] over a city Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Then again, if discretion were my strong suit, I wouldn’t have lasted for more than 25 years of sometimes risky and often pioneering gay […]