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Earthly Possessions

EARTHLY POSSESSIONS Steppenwolf Theatre If you’re going to spend a couple of hours in the theater with someone, it might as well be Charlotte Emory. Both of her. The heroine of Anne Tyler’s 1977 novel Earthly Possessions has been split in two by Frank Galati, the author and director of Steppenwolf’s new stage adaptation. It’s […]

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Paris Is Burning

Jennie Livingston’s exuberant and loving documentary about “voguing” and the drag balls of Harlem is both a celebration and a canny commentary. Delving into the dance poses and acrobatic moves of black and Latino gay men, she enters this highly ritualized subculture with a genuine sense of curiosity and discovery, and is wise enough to […]

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Love of Labor/Sun-Times Shuffle

Love of Labor An editorial we’ve just torn out of the Sun-Times acknowledges the “brilliant intellect” albeit “unsufferable personality” of Robert Bork. A month ago the New Republic ran a piece on John Sununu’s infatuation with his own brains. The writer didn’t like Sununu but didn’t doubt his candlepower. Why, he’s actually in Mensa! If […]

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Raging Belle

RAGE WITHIN/WITHOUT Kathy Randels at Cafe Voltaire “I’m going to tell you a story,” says Kathy Randels to open her solo performance Rage Within/Without. Her head is slightly bowed and she holds a small lamp in her hands, casting demonic shadows across her face. Her voice is an unsteady rasp, though she stares wide-eyed at […]

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Covert Messages

To the editors: While posing as an objective account of the city awarding certain gay leaders for their efforts, the article of June 21 on these awards [“Gay Life: The Hall of Fame Flap”] delivers several covert messages only for the initiated, which is sneaky. I’ll get to these later. First there is an issue […]

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Following the Rainbow

Photographer Tony Maine first heard about the Rainbow gathering in 1975 when he was living in Berkeley, California. Some acquaintances had heard about an intriguing event taking place in New Mexico on the Fourth of July and wondered if Maine would drive. When they got to the Gila National Forest, they found thousands of people […]

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Survivors of Incest

To the editors: Hearty applause is due the four courageous clients of Attorney Hope Keefe, and gratitude to Keefe as well. (“The Law of Incest,” 7/19). These survivors of incest are boldly choosing one newly available and promising avenue of recourse by suing their parents as the perpetrators of the incest in an attempt to […]

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Shakers

Five years ago these people were asked very politely, in an undertone hushed by repugnance bordering on horror, to take their Laurel and Hardys and their grinning duckies and their big-breasted bimbos and leave the Antique and Art Glass Salt Shaker Collec