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AMA vs. Lunatic Fringe

To the editors: The attractive thing about Chiropractic [June 28] is that all one needs is an inexpensive office, a receptionist, a few gizmos around to give it a professional look, and you’re in business . . . a Doctor of Chiropractic. No nurses and expensive staff to pay for, no expensive equipment, and probably […]

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Life Stinks

A primitive filmmaker who can usually be counted on for moments of genius, Mel Brooks runs true to form in a comedy about a greedy billionaire (played by Brooks) who bets another tycoon that he can spend a month with the Los Angeles homeless without any of his usual resources and survive. The movie takes […]

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Justifying Genocide?

To the editors: As an African American writer and activist, I protest Tom Johnson’s accusation (Letters June 28) that Joel Sprayregen’s letter about Iraq “lays the groundwork for justifying genocide.” I recently had the privilege to attend the Woodlawn Organization’s 1991 Advocacy Awards event. Mr. Sprayregen was the only non-Black and non-Hispanic to receive an […]

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Mark Roth Exposes Himself

FOOTING THE TURF Mark Roth at Club Lower Links In his newest solo piece, Footing the Turf, it’s plain that Mark Roth is smack-dab in the middle of a major artistic change. Roth is pushing himself into new and exciting territory–in style, content, and structure–and he has not yet found his feet. But the overflow […]

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The Straight Dope

As kids we were taught in art class that the primary colors were red, blue, and yellow. By mixing these primary colors, we were told, we could come up with any color of the rainbow. A bit of experimenting seemed to bear this out. Now that we are older and in the age of video, […]

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Outing Furor

To the editors: I am writing in response to the debate regarding outing and Michael Flores’s attacks on the lesbian and gay community newspaper Outlines [Letters, May 24 and June 7 and 21]. “Outing”–publicly revealing a person as lesbian or gay–has become an emotionally laden issue arousing terror and anger, because it is layered on […]

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The City File

Killer boats. State Department of Conservation figures show that boating accidents increased more than 50 percent in 1990 over 1989–and boating deaths were up almost 100 percent. Southwest is safest. According to 1989 data reported in Transportation Facts (May), “Twenty-six percent of all Chicago area expressway accidents occurred on the Kennedy, followed by the Dan […]

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Can I Get an Amen!

CAN I GET AN AMEN! Black Ensemble You can’t trick an audience into feeling good. A show that tries usually gets caught in the act–exposed by its drooling eagerness to please and shameless stooping to conquer. Fortunately, the Black Ensemble’s Can I Get an Amen! is no artificial “feel-good” show. Lovingly assembled, performed, and produced, […]

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Support Your Local Police

To the editors: The article you ran “The Hero and the Taxpayer” [March 22] was an unfair character slam against Officer Johnny Martin. It is quite apparent throughout the article that the author was biased and wrote the account with preconceived partiality. First, let us strip away the distortions and examine the bare facts as […]

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Welcome to the Barn Raising

WELCOME TO THE BARN RAISING Second City Northwest Until I saw Second City Northwest’s current production, Welcome to the Barn Raising, I didn’t believe it was possible for someone enmeshed in the Second City organization to craft a witty, playful, and intelligent show that would be funny from start to finish. For the first time […]