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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 […]

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Howard Armstrong

The black string bands of the 1920s and ’30s fused folk and blues roots with popular music, blazing the trail for bluegrass, western swing, and eventually rockabilly and rock and roll. Multi-instrumentalist Howard Armstrong is one of that era’s few survivors. Armstrong began his career more than 65 years ago as a songster, playing folk, […]

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Punch & Judy Do Ballet

WHITE OAK DANCE PROJECT at Arie Crown Theatre November 19 Mark Morris is a scamp. He’s also smart and talented. Five years ago Chicagoans could have seen him and his Seattle-based company at MoMing for less than $10. Today his company is in residence in Brussels, Belgium, and his choreography is being performed in this […]

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Straight Arrows

STRAIGHT ARROWS Wisdom Bridge As an actress, Colleen Dodson is talented, energetic, intelligent, sparkling, perky, and polished, with a dancer’s control over her incredibly flexible body, and a born mimic’s ability to change her face and voice to imitate radically different characters. One minute she’ll bend over and play a gravelly voiced, late-middle-aged theater usher. […]

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H.P. Zinker/Courtney Love

H.P. Zinker are three Austrians recently transplanted to New York who record loving homages to John Bonham via extravagantly arranged heavy metal. Songs alternate between fairly pretty acoustic interludes and fairly serious thunderousness; on top comes guitarist Hans Platzgumer’s offhand vocals, casual and conversational and not half bad considering he’s writing in English. (“It is […]

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Clarinet Choir

Of the many contexts in which Douglas Ewart has appeared, the Clarinet Choir is probably my favorite: his concepts seem more concentrated, and the limitations of the format–the choir usually includes four to seven clarinets and no other instruments–paradoxically nudge his compositional skills to another level. What’s more, Ewart himself is one of the unsung […]

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Fear of Faddists

To the editors. I am responding to a letter that recently appeared in the Reader [“Behind the Times,” August 24]. The writer refers to himself as “one of many socially adjusted normal readers” so I think it safe to assume he is a straight, white, middle class identified type. Don’t get me wrong, I have […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve always cast a jaundiced eye on the shenanigans of scientific fringe groups. But my eye is a little less yellow when I look at Wilhelm Reich. Reich claimed to have discovered a life energy he called “orgone” back in the 1930s. He made a device that supposedly accumulated the energy, the “orgone accumulator” (ORAC), […]

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Population Control

To the editors: Since the Oct. 5 publication of Jane Juffer’s important look at the seamier underside of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Operation Clean Sweep (appropriately titled “Clean Sweep’s Dirty Secret”), a side which our local media won’t show us, their commitment to class war and power being more pronounced than their commitment to revealing […]

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The City File

The birth of V.I. Warshawski, as told by Sara Paretsky to Maggie Garb in In These Times (Oct. 24-30): “I was sitting in this meeting with my boss [at CNB Insurance Corporation], and you know how big corporations work–when you’re in middle management, you’re kind of the baloney in the sandwich. My boss was saying […]