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Reading: A Queer in America

When Jesse Helms stands up in Congress to inveigh against pervert artists, David Wojnarowicz is one of those he has in mind. Wojnarowicz, who’s “queer” and an AIDS activist, is seemingly better known for the confrontations his work has provoked than for the work itself–he’s been a frequent target of the censorship crowd. “Some of […]

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Nights of the Blue Rider

The 50-odd performing groups in the eight-week “festival of Chicago’s international arts” include a dozen theater companies; those performing October 24 through 31 are described below. These listings refer to theater and performance art offerings only; on nights when only one theater company is listed here, be assured at least one other program of music, […]

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UFO Disinformation

To the editors: Regarding “The War of the Words” [September 13] . . . It’s common knowledge among those with more than a passing interest in UFOs that Philip Klass is a government-paid disinformation specialist. As such, he certainly isn’t known affectionately as “Phil” among those attending UFO conferences, as writer Cate Plys would have […]

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This Woman Is Serious

POST POST PORN MODERNIST Annie Sprinkle at Theater Oobleck October 15-27 It’s easy to talk about the crazy, sensationalistic things Annie Sprinkle is doing during her 12-day run at Theater Oobleck. In Post Post Porn Modernist, among other things, she douches and pees onstage. She also displays her cervix to anyone and everyone interested. Even […]

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The SPorts Section

The Cubs and the White Sox finished play with both of their managers expecting to be elsewhere next year. Nothing could have brought the baseball season to a more definite conclusion–at least as far as a Chicagoan was concerned–and I planned to leave the sport behind as soon as possible this fall. It didn’t turn […]

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Pay the Writers

To the editors: I am writing in response to Michael Miner’s article regarding In These Times’ financial problems. He didn’t talk much about the National Writers Union, but readers should know that to date, the Union has garnered over $13,000 for aggrieved ITT writers. No, we do not want to put ITT out of business. […]

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Psyops

Psyops isn’t for the faint of heart; then again, restless devotees of new music and free improvisation already know it don’t come easy. But in the realm of acoust-electric, freely associative, you’ll-know-when-you-get-there sonic exploration, it doesn’t get much better, or at least wilder, than this. In his latest project, the trombonist/conceptualizer Jim Staley has gathered […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story New London, Wisconsin, alderman Lyle Craig Bain was convicted in June on gigolo charges. The evidence against him included a contract and sales brochure featuring a money-back guarantee and a price list of the various services he would perform. (Intercourse was $65.) One service was described as a “treatment program” offering things “most […]

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Lou Ann Barton, Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli

Thank God they’re not being billed as a “girl group” anymore–these three women are assertive, sophisticated vocalists who left girlhood behind long ago in favor of a knowing and refreshingly contemporary approach to blues. Strehli’s onstage demeanor–she’s regal, aloof, almost icy in her self-assurance–stands in marked contrast to the passion she brings to her music; […]

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Rosenbaum: An Appreciation

To the editors: Film is surely the most effective modern propaganda tool as well as the most readily accessible artform, when we add movies on TV, cable, and VCR to those at the movie theater. I would suggest then that high quality film criticism is vital to our need to understand our lives and thereby […]

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Calling All Capitalists

To the editors: David Moberg’s article on recycling in Chicago [September 20] appears to be right about poor collection methods proposed by Streets & San. He has made a common error about reusing waste paper. There is great stress laid on recycling various types of paper. Recycling generally means collecting and segregating various grades of […]