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Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

You might fear that a show with the trendy title of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits would be thin. But even an postliterate (hell, semiliterate) era there are too many not yet converted. Shakespeare Repertory, a Jeff-winning theater (Cymbeline), has concocted an anthology to demonstrate the Bard’s worth. Powered by a young and unpretentious cast, Barbara Gaine’s […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story At the Minnesota State Fair in August, people on a ride called the “Enterprise” (a flat board holding standing passengers that starts parallel to the ground and then spins for four minutes until it is perpendicular to the ground) became violently nauseated when operators were not able to bring it down from the […]

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Wintery Tails

WINTERY TAILS Lifeline Theatre Maybe Lifeline took a cue from the sober season for its title, but its Wintery Tails, the latest in the theater’s KidSeries, isn’t exactly packed with high jinks, handsprings, and flapdoodle (the kind of children’s-theater acrobatics that often confuse more than amuse little ones). It takes place in a bare-bones third-floor […]

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Child Sexual Abuse?

To the editors: In the November 9 issue of Reader [Hot Type] you reproduced a photograph of a little child sitting on a bench, outdoors. In taking the picture the photographer managed to capture the exposed external genitalia of the child in spite of the child’s attempt to cover her privacy with her skirt. The […]

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Shen Tong in Exile

“I think there are two Tiananmen Squares,” says Shen Tong, one of the student leaders of China’s near revolution in the spring of 1989. He’s speaking at a private club to a small group of Chicago academics, businesspeople, and foundation representatives as part of a two-and-a-half-week tour to promote his recent autobiography, which he wrote […]

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A.A.C.M. Founders Ensemble

In 1965, four individualistic and visionary Chicago jazzmen established the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians; in 1990, for the organization’s 25th anniversary, three of those four mandarins–pianists Muhal Richard Abrams and Jodie Christian and trumpeter Phil Cohran–will be put to work. (The other founder, drummer Steve McCall, died in 1989.) Of course, there […]

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Dudycz Is the Enemy

To the editors: I have now read the Reader’s cover story on Walter Dudycz [October 19], and two responding letters and Bryan Miller’s reply published last week [November 2]. Dudycz lost the election yesterday, much to my relief. But I am shocked and surprised to see the Reader, if not supporting Dudycz, at least making […]

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Steve Tibbetts with Marc Anderson

Staying home in the Twin Cities and playing with tape loops instead of synthesizers; wringing new sounds from a variety of fretted instruments instead of relying on the latest sample; sticking mostly to eight tracks while the tech men are dissecting everything into 32–that’s how guitarist Steve Tibbetts has painstakingly constructed his densely woven instrumental […]

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Noiresque–The Fallen Angel

NOIRESQUE–THE FALLEN ANGEL Wild Life Theatre Company at the Preston Bradley Community Center Wild Life Theatre is a company to watch. For their debut production they’ve chosen Ping Chong’s Noiresque–The Fallen Angel, a tremendously difficult piece that Wild Life has treated intelligently if unevenly. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Noiresque seems to have […]

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Ayers Sells Out

To the editors: How fitting–and how ironic–that Bill Ayers so charmed your reporter that the fundamental fallacy of his current life work slipped between the cracks of the commentary [November 9]. Ayers, who sounds to me as if he is still exactly the same rich suburban kid he started out to be–lives in Hyde Park […]