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Helmut Zwietag & the Barnstormin’ 88s!/What Do You Think? The Surgeons Are Killing the Patients in Order to Steal Their Organs and Sell Them to a Guy in an Overcoat and Scarf Who Then Sells Them to a Chinese-Like Guy Who Is C

HELMUT ZWEITAG & THE BARNSTORMIN’ 88S! Metraform at the Annoyance Theatre WHAT DO YOU THINK? THE SURGEONS ARE KILLING THE PATIENTS IN ORDER TO STEAL THEIR ORGANS AND SELL THEM TO A GUY IN AN OVERCOAT AND SCARF WHO THEN SELLS THEM TO A CHINESE-LIKE GUY WHO IS CREATING SOMETHING EVIL IN THE TOP DRAWER […]

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Three Professors

CUBE at the Arts Club of Chicago February 6 When a professor of distinction reaches a certain age his students gather to eulogize his achievements. Quite often they contribute essays that are published along with papers by the professor in a volume called a festschrift. The musical equivalent of a festschrift took place earlier this […]

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Ballet Chicago

BALLET CHICAGO at the Civic Theatre February 13-15 Ballet Chicago’s three performances in the Civic Theatre last weekend offered proof positive that the term “promising” can no longer be applied to the troupe. Their five years of struggle and adversity are paying off handsomely, and artistic director Daniel Duell can take pride in his company’s […]

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McPherson’s Message

To the editors: I was appalled to read Lewis Lazare’s commentary regarding Scott McPherson’s program notes for his phenomenally successful play Marvin’s Room [Culture Club, December 20]. The play has deeply touched the thousands who have seen it as evidenced by favorable reviews in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times, not to mention its […]

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Music of the Baroque

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE at Grace Lutheran Church February 17 Along with Beethoven and Brahms, J.S. Bach has long been elevated to the status of musical deity, one of the classical-music trinity; even people who snoozed through Music Appreciation can usually name the three Bs. We tend to forget that, in his own time, Bach […]

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Serious Dialogue on UFOs

To the editors: In response to Mr. Hall’s letter in your January 3 issue, I’m glad to see that there is finally some serious dialog about UFOs in your otherwise fine paper. Normally, even in a publication of a liberal slant such as yours, one expects the kowtowing to the mainstream, reactionary scientific establishment, which […]

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Records

STAVIN’ CHAIN BLUES Big Joe Williams & J.D. Short Delmark DD-609 NINE STRING GUITAR BLUES Big Joe Williams Delmark DD-627 BIG JOE WILLIAMS Optimism 2047 For many, the late Big Joe Williams was the epitome of the romantically itinerant bluesman. Born in Crawford, Mississippi, probably in 1903, he spent most of his life on the […]

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Hal Russell NRG Ensemble

NRG is for “energy,” of course–that’s certainly what these fervent Chicagoans bring to today’s often-sleepy jazz scene. Youngest in spirit of the quintet is its grizzled, white-haired leader, who was already an established bebopper when the free-jazz revolution first led him to raise musical hell over three decades ago. That revolutionary ardor, inflamed by the […]

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School Choice

To the editors: Permit me to clear up one misimpression from Ben Joravsky’s otherwise accurate story on TEACH America [Neighborhood News, February 14]. It is not correct to say that, under our educational choice plan, Chicago’s poor would have little more choice than they have now. Just the opposite is true. One of Chicago’s best-kept […]

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The Straight Dope

My mail is deluged with worthless credit card solicitations and pleas for donations, all bearing telltale stamps of odd denomination: “Tractor 7.1 cents nonprofit,” “Oilwagon 10.1 cents bulk rate,” “Railroad Mail Car 21 cents presorted,” etc. These stamps are almost never cancelled. Can I reuse them for my own (nobler) epistles, provided they add up […]

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Club Date

Reopening briefly after a four-week hiatus, Club Date is a rich music/theater offering by the Free Street Theater that fuses live jazz with oral history. A hit with audiences who prize it both as living history and solid entertainment, it features a quintet of veteran jazz musicians headed by singer Toni Mathis who not only […]

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Pop Injustice

To the editors: I was pleased to see Green’s “White Soul and Bittersweet” included in Bill Wyman’s top ten of 1991 [January 17], although it reminded me that life can be unjust in Chicago’s music scene. While many less deserving bands get signed to the majors, Green remains on small labels, creating pop masterpieces that […]

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The City File

Supply and demand. Good news: the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois acquired 341 kidneys for transplantation during 1991, up from 299 in 1990. Bad news: ROBI’s waiting list for kidneys also grew, from 777 on January 1, 1991, to 808 a year later. “According to the Trib, House Speaker Mike Madigan has taken to slandering […]

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Arditti Quartet With Ursula Oppens

The London-based Arditti Quartet is one of the most engaging and compelling interpreters of new music, and so is Ursula Oppens, the Harvard-educated pianist whose command of both the traditional and contemporary repertories is simply awesome. What’s more, judging by their recent separate appearances here, both Oppens and the Arditti are at the top of […]