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The Heidi Chronicles/Voids of Passage: Puberty Rites of the 60’s

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES National Jewish Theater VOIDS OF PASSAGE: PUBERTY RITES OF THE 60’S at Sheffield’s School Street Cafe When Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles opened off-Broadway almost three years ago, it triggered an avalanche of articles and reviews, most of them concerned with how successfully Wasserstein had critiqued the baby boom in general and […]

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8 Bold Souls

8 Bold Souls is the most famous unknown band in America. They play mostly in tiny Chicago clubs, far from the center of the jazz world; nevertheless, when the Village Voice took a poll of jazz critics to determine the outstanding albums of the 1980s, 8 Bold Souls won second place–especially amazing considering the disc […]

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The Straight Dope

Star Trek episodes often refer to the “star date.” What exactly is a “star date”? How does it equate to our calendar? Or is it merely sitcom disinformation? –Evan Williams, Austin, Texas Details are for guys who get paid by the hour, sport. Star dates were among hundreds of unexplained terms thrown into Star Trek […]

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Jump for Joy

JUMP FOR JOY Pegasus Players Talk about your blast from the past. Jump for Joy, Pegasus Players’ compilation of Duke Ellington music and dance, is a palpable labor of love (at a cost of $150,000). Pegasus has painstakingly recreated Ellington’s “lost” 1941 revue of the same name. But this all-too-retro staging reveals–more than it comes […]

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The City File

“A breathtaking and serene piece of architecture which exudes the total integration of structure with the original architectural concepts”–that’s how the awards jury of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois sees 181 W. Madison, which it named the “best structure” of 1991. According to the SEAOI Bulletin (September), the 50-story tower is “the tallest combination […]

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The Promise of Liberalism

To the editors: In These Times management’s failure to communicate honestly with free-lance writers, not the paper’s poverty, sparked its current conflict with the National Writers Union [Hot Type, October 4]. If ITT dealt with us more openly and humanely, no dispute would exist today and the paper would face fewer financial problems. No sensible […]

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Critical Acclaim

To the editors: Bravo! Ted Shen’s commentary on maestro Barenboim [September 27] is one of the best pieces of criticism I’ve read recently and the kind that is lacking in the dailies. John von Rhein may be a good user of adjectives but he is a lazy thinker. Robert Marsh is a good sleeper whose […]

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Rock Stinks

To the editors: In his column of September 27, “Days of Rose’s Whining,” Bill Wyman says that the new Guns n’ Roses albums are mostly crap. I mostly believe him. Reviewing a selection from the musical category called “Rock” is like picking a large lump out of a manure pile and discovering that it smells […]

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Field & Street

A pair of turkey vultures nested in Black Partridge Woods near Lemont this summer, and a pair of red-breasted mergansers nested along the Sanitary and Ship Canal near Stickney. Turkey vultures nest regularly just south of Cook County. You can find them every summer at the Kankakee Fish and Game Area and at Indiana Dunes, […]

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Duesberg’s Diatribe

To the editors: The sensationalizing of AIDS is nothing new; the far right in this country has spread fear and panic about the spread of AIDS. But the Reader has carried it to new extremes with the headline in the October 4 issue [“Everything You Know About AIDS Is Wrong”]. We need to educate the […]

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My Own Private Idaho

Mala Noche and Drugstore Cowboy we’re both certainly good, but this third feature from Gus Van Sant–who’s working for the first time with his own original material–is even better: a simultaneously heartbreaking and exhilarating road movie about two male hustlers (River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves) in the Pacific northwest. The first is a narcoleptic from […]