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Pool Patrol/War Stories

From Channel Five–troubling revelations. From Oak Park–charges of treachery. “NBC and the BGA took a potentially good public service story and made it a farce,” a village publicist writes us. “I guess they sent somebody in here and grabbed a water sample,” muses Bill Hamilton, manager of Oak Park’s Ridgeland public pool. Indeed, Channel Five […]

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Mr. Windex

Mr. Windex does windows. Inside and out, he washes the windshields of hundreds of taxicabs every day, joking and hollering, parading and performing as he squirts and wipes. In his brown trousers and dingy Chicago Bears T-shirt he walks confidently among the moving cabs–past them, between them, patting the hoods and yelling greetings to the […]

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Blacklight International Film Festival

The tenth edition of the annual festival of black independent film continues from Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 18, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson; the DuSable Museum of African American History, 56th Place and Cottage Grove; and Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $5, with discounts available […]

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Celibacy and Stonewalling

To the editors: Jason Berry is, of course, not responsible for Kurt Mitchell’s illustration of his article on a child abuse lawsuit against Cardinal Bernardin and the Chicago Archdiocese (“Sins of the Fathers: Pedophilia in the Priesthood” [May 24]). Nevertheless, Kurt’s gifted hand cast a Mephistophelian shade over any consideration of child abuse by disturbed […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve heard the following expression from people all over the country and on television. It makes absolutely no sense: “That’s the exception that proves the rule.” Is this a bastardization of some other phrase? If not, what does it mean? –Lorraine Nicotera, East Weymouth, Massachusetts Lorraine, kid, don’t you get it? The whole point of […]

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Fareed Haque

The continuing evolution of guitarist Fareed Haque has been among the more satisfying events of recent years, as he has steadily learned more about what to keep, what to throw out, and how best to funnel his prodigious technique into highly focused art. Even when there were doubts about his musical maturity, there was no […]

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Rosewell Begs to Differ

To the editors: I was amazed and angered when I read your June 21 story on page 3 by Peter Strazzabosco concerning the Palacio Theatre at 4038 North Sheridan. In his story, Mr. Strazzabosco stated that I “mysteriously decided to sell the building for the back taxes to Lou Wolf.” Mr. Strazzabosco apparently didn’t do […]

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The City File

A microsurvey of Great Lakes microbreweries. Best Name: Burning River Ale (Cleveland), named for the once-flammable Cuyahoga River. Best Label: Kalamazoo’s Third Coast Beer, with 20 different segments of the state’s Great Lakes coastline (collect all 20!). Best Taste, according to Noah Eiger in the Great Lakes Reporter (May-June): Legacy Lager (Chicago) and Eisbock (Niagara […]

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Sports Sellout

To the editors: When Alan Boomer began his 7/19 “Sports Section” piece with a portrait of a forlorn ten-year-old boy unable to get a Cubs ticket, I thought he was going to be writing about sports ticket availability and, in particular, its effect on children. Since he went in a different direction with the article, […]

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Barbie the Fantasies

BARBIE THE FANTASIES Poison Nut Productions at the Rudely Elegant Theater To truly appreciate Barbie the Fantasies, you have to understand the mentality of the Rudely Elegant company. To publicize their show, the Rudely Elegants rented a limo, loaded up the cast, and drove them through the gay pride parade, tossing cans of beer as […]