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Social Control

To the editors: It’s about time that the CHA’s Operation Clean Sweep [Oct. 5] stopped being an unquestioned darling in the press. I would like to explain what I think is the background of today’s CHA/HUD policies. Chicago and 160 other cities burned after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in ’68. The powers […]

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Jane Hammond

JANE HAMMOND at the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery New York painter Jane Hammond steals imagery from a variety of sources, from old medical journals to manuals on knot tying. But these days artworks based on appropriated imagery are ubiquitous, and what’s impressive about these vivid, bumpy-surfaced oils on linen is the way many of them flash with […]

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The City File

That reminds me, is it lunchtime yet? From the Ethics Observer (Fall 1990): “It’s no secret that ‘Ethics’ and ‘Politics’ in Chicago have historically gone together about as well as peanut butter and pickles.” Gas guzzlers are not the problem, cars are the problem, argues Daniel Lazare in In These Times (November 7-13): “Better mileage […]

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Lee Shot Williams

Those who saw Lee Shot Williams’s torrid performance at the 1988 Chicago Blues Festival know that this underrecognized vocalist is among the most polished and entertaining on the contemporary scene. He arrived in Chicago from Mississippi in 1956, and he’s been a favorite of aficionados since the early 60s, when he departed from gospel music […]

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Just Joking

AKASHA DANCE COMPANY at the Ruth Page Theater November 9-11 Longevity is something to celebrate, and for a dance troupe ten years is a long time. But even at the birthday party it may be wise to ask: ten years doing what? Akasha Dance Company recently celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Ruth Page Theater […]

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Field & Street

The people in Villa Park put up with the strange animal in their toolshed for about as long as they could. They didn’t know exactly what it was, but they knew that anytime they opened the door of the shed, they heard nasty growls and hissing noises. And the smell, a powerful musky odor, was […]

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Young Idealists

To the editors: Unfortunately, Bill Ayers [November 9] is an anachronism in today’s egocentric, materialistic world of MBA’s, lawyers, doctors, and others of that ilk whose most salient feature is, lamentably, greed. However, if more teachers think as he does, and practice what they preach, then there is cause to hope because, if nothing else, […]

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The House

THE HOUSE Society for New Things Most people know the story of Aeschylus’s Oresteia, the Greek tragedies about infidelity, infanticide, revenge, kidnapping, war, fratricide, and matricide. But that won’t help much in understanding or appreciating the Society for New Things’ version of the story, a quasi-contemporary production titled The House. Performed on a minimalist stage […]

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Kirov Ballet

KIROV BALLET at the Chicago Theatre November 13-17 Though the high-flying pyrotechnics of the Bolshoi spell immediate box-office success, and their tour de force performances might wow the uninitiated, the ballet cognoscenti often dismiss them as mere circus acrobatics–pointing instead to the exemplary sophisticated lyric technique of the Kirov Ballet. For pure classicism, the Kirov […]