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Female Disciples

To the editors: Your January 3, 1992, article on “A Silenced Woman” was outstanding. On page 19 you quoted a 20th century Vatican source that said Jesus Christ didn’t call any woman to be an apostle. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to find out that there were many woman apostles, and many more male […]

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The City File

Percentage of Illinoisans polled who could not name a single member of the state legislature: 77 (Northern Illinois University 1991 Illinois Policy Survey). I can’t find a job. The president doesn’t seem to care. Thank God for II Live Crew! Chicago poet-publisher Luis J. Rodriguez, in Curbstone Ink (Fall): “We are witnessing an upsurge throughout […]

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Coup/Clucks

COUP/CLUCKS Zebra Crossing Theatre and North Avenue Productions at the Synergy Center Can a comedy that depicts would-be Ku Klux Klan terrorists as harmless, laughable buffoons work in the season of David Duke? Not very well, in the case of Shifra Werch’s staging of Coup/Clucks, a pair of related one-acts by the pseudonymous “Jane Martin.” […]

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Play Ball

To the editors: What is it with this jerk Mike Miner [Hot Type, January 3] anyway? Did he lock himself in the bathroom when long summer days were around? His attack on the guy who wants us to have more afternoon daylight is just a petty ego trip on a honest guy who wants to […]

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Club Date

CLUB DATE Free Street Theater at Spices Jazz Bar It’s smart to put on shows you can’t pigeonhole: for one thing, they’re hard to dismiss. Club Date is a sturdy hybrid, a rich music/theater offering that fuses live jazz with oral history. Conceived and in part composed by Doug Lofstrom, written and staged by Free […]

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Jimmy Dawkins

They used to call Jimmy Dawkins “Fast Fingers” but Blisterstring, the title of a recent LP, might be a more appropriate appellation. Dawkins came of age in the late 50s and early 60s alongside such Chicago legends as Magic Sam and Otis Rush and played a significant role in developing the busy, arpeggio-laden style associated […]

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Solidarity and Loneliness

MISHUGANISMO Remains Theatre Writer and performer Susan Nussbaum’s solo tour de force, Mishuganismo, is unabashedly political. Though it’s certainly about physical disability–perhaps an obvious topic for Nussbaum, who was disabled after an accident 14 years ago and has since dedicated much of her energy to activism in that area–it also encompasses a kind of spiritual […]

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Field & Street

Chicago birders are enjoying an amazing winter. You may have read about the ivory gull that showed up first at Montrose Harbor and then at Burnham Harbor. The ivory gull is a bird of the high arctic. It nests on the northern coast of Greenland and on various barren arctic islands. In winter it lives […]

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An Unengaged Woman

MONEY, SEX, LOVE, ART & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Anita Loomis at Club Lower Links January 9, 11, 16, and 18 Anita Loomis is awfully cute. She has a boyish, almost impish quality that belies some of the darker aspects of her material. She’s lithe and quick, and she moves comfortably and expertly on a stage. She’s […]

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Kronos Quartet

The novelty of its punk posturing has long worn off, but the Kronos Quartet has survived as a niche player. Never quite compelling as an interpreter of the classical repertoire, the hip Bay Area-based foursome thrives instead as an apostle of multiculturalism and a champion of the new. Over the past decade, commissions by the […]

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Gregg Edelman

George and Ira Gershwin’s “Nice Work if You Can Get It” seems an appropriate song for this alumnus of Northwestern University’s Waa-Mu revues who went on to star in the Broadway hit City of Angels. Edelman’s skill at blending musical comedy’s theatricality and jazz’s rhythmic precision, evident in City’s original-cast recording, bodes well for his […]