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City of Hope

John Sayles’s seventh feature, his first in ‘Scope, is a highly ambitious and grimly powerful look at urban corruption that represents a marked improvement over most of his earlier efforts while still revealing Sayles’s relative lack of skill in directing actors, framing, and editing. Set in the fictional Hudson City, New Jersey, which suggests a […]

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Duesberg Isn’t Funny

To the editors: Professor Duesberg [“Everything You Know About AIDS Is Wrong,” October 4] may be “wickedly funny” but I am not laughing. It is true that AIDS has inconsistency, that AIDS involves more than “germ theory,” as does most disease. But like many of the AIDS care givers and AIDS sufferers, who criticize the […]

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Extraordinary People

LITTLE MAN TATE *** (A must-see) Directed by Jodie Foster Written by Scott Frank With Adam Hann-Byrd, Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Harry Connick Jr., David Pierce, Debi Mazar, and P.J. Ochlan. Part of what’s refreshing about Jodie Foster’s first feature as a director is its quirky style and vision; even the picture’s limitations have a […]

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The Great AIDS Hoax

To the editors: In light of the current media hysteria about AIDS, it certainly was refreshing to read Dr. Peter Duesberg’s comments in the Reader [October 4]. He confirmed what many of us in the natural health movement have been saying for years–namely, that disease is the result of unhealthy living practices, that AIDS is […]

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The Way of the West

To the editors: (Re 10/4/91 article on Chinese composer) It’s interesting how things are becoming sharper, clearer. Barriers are down and yes, we do see through things. Democracy is the word. Everywhere there must be democracy as in the West, the free, democratic West. Composer, musician Bright Sheng, from China, is at home here in […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Samuel Barber, who died ten years ago, was never an innovator, but he excelled in his narrow niche as an expressionist of personal emotion. In the 30s and 40s, he was a golden boy, one of the last romantic holdouts against the tide of serialism; by the mid-60s, his seldom-changing style had become an anachronism. […]

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Unfair to Fogel

To the editors: Far be it from me to take the side of management in a labor dispute, but Lewis Lazare quotes Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpet player and musician’s union negotiator George Vosburgh in two real boners in your September 20 issue. According to Lazare’s Culture Club column, Vosburgh attacks CSO executive director Henry Fogel […]

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The Straight Dope

What’s the origin of the expression, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”? –Dolly Gattozzi, Oakland, California First let’s get it straight: the original expression was “the opera ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” Amazingly, sources agree on exactly who coined this expression and approximately when. It was first used around 1976 in […]

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Mail-Order Blues

To the editors: This letter is in regard to the article in the Reader about the State Street area [September 6]. The article seemed to make the point that object buyers and users of service offered in the State Street area have been lured away by the suburban malls, easy driving and parking, and more […]

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The City File

Percentage of Cook County criminal defendants who are represented by the Public Defender’s Office: 85 (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 5). “Tap [dancing] is the perfect example of a positive outcome of cultural hybridization,” Chicago choreographer Lane Alexander tells Effie Mihopoulos in Chicago Dance Coalition (Fall). “No single culture can claim sole credit for it–the […]