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Sonny Rhodes

Just when you think there’s nothing unique left under the blues sun, along comes an artist like Sonny Rhodes. Rhodes is from Texas, and he absorbed the usual influences–the smooth jazziness of T-Bone Walker and the jump bands, the stinging virtuosity of Freddie King, the sophisticated balladry of Bobby “Blue” Bland and Percy Mayfield. But […]

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John Cassavetes’s exquisite and poignant first feature (1959), shot in 16-millimeter and subsequently blown up to 35, centers on two brothers and a sister living together in Manhattan; the oldest (Hugh Hurd), a third-rate nightclub singer, is visibly black, while the other two (Ben Carruthers and Lelia Goldoni) are sufficiently light skinned to pass for […]

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The Sports Section

If there was a theme song to the White Sox’ season, it was the old Prince B side “17 Days,” a mournful yet percolating tune about unrequited love and the rain coming down. I don’t know if it was in Nancy Faust’s repertoire, but it should have been. During a 17-day stretch in August, the […]

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VICTIMS Organic Theater Company Greenhouse Victims, the story of three men in South Africa during changing times, opened the same week that Nadine Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Afrikaaner ever to do so. That event brought not just apartheid but its literary and artistic depictions into the world spotlight. That’s both […]

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Ward 6

WARD 6 Curious Theatre Branch The question of who is insane and who is not has always been a rich source of material for writers. In The Ruling Class, Peter Barnes uses the question of his protagonist’s sanity to lampoon British society: when the protagonist thinks he’s Jesus, everyone believes he’s crazy; when he becomes […]

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Money for Music

To the editors: I was quite interested in Lewis Lazare’s Cultural Page [Culture Club] in the September 20th Reader on the current strike at the Chicago Symphony. I support the striking musicians, I believe they deserve all the “crumbs” they can get. Especially when the “star” conductors and soloists as a class pull millions of […]

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In the Wake of the Welded

IN THE WAKE OF THE WELDED Current River Theatre at the Theatre Building The woman sitting next to me at the Theatre Building was not partial to theater critics. Too many of them, she said, were far too concerned with taking plays apart, analyzing them down to the last detail. After all, she pointed out, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In July an Illinois appeals court ruled that attorney Albert B. Friedman could not collect the entire amount he had billed a female client for handling her divorce because some of the hours billed included time the two of them spent having sex. Friedman was also notified recently by the Illinois Supreme Court […]

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Young Love

THE MAN IN THE MOON **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Robert Mulligan Written by Jenny Wingfield With Reese Witherspoon, Emily Warfield, Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, and Jason London. Apparently by coincidence, Robert Mulligan’s latest film, The Man in the Moon, is set in 1957, the year Mulligan’s first movie, Fear Strikes Out, was released. The 50s, […]

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Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

YOUR HOME IN THE WEST Steppenwolf Theatre In its multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art theater on Halsted, Steppenwolf Theatre continues its periodic series of plays about poverty around the world with Your Home in the West, the U.S. premiere of Rod Wooden’s story of social and familial dysfunction in the depressed coal-mining town of Newcastle, England. Wooden is […]