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Undecided

On a number 11 bus I sit next to an elderly couple who are ramrod straight in their seats. From what I can see out of the corner of my eye (I am sitting sideways and they face front), they look refined and somewhat old-fashioned. The man holds a package delicately in front of his […]

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The City File

“I lived at Henry Horner during a turbulent period–the ’60s,” recalls poet Cranston Knight in Loyola World (February 13). “It was like living in El Salvador or Guatemala: the military were posted with machine guns on the corners, and there were signs everywhere that literally said, ‘If you come out after 6 p.m., we’ll shoot […]

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Neighborhood Development

To the editors: On behalf of the Greater North-Pulaski Development Corporation (GNPDC), I would like to address two items in Ben Joravsky’s Neighborhood News feature of February 28, “Economic Development: Small Players Stiffed in State Funding Shift.” The first is the incorrect statement that the selection of GNPDC as lead organization for the Small Business […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

On the recent Grammy telecast, pianist Evgeny Kissin looked the stereotype of a prodigy: cherubic, wild-eyed, gawky, and slightly bemused by all the fuss over what’s come naturally to him for most of his 20 years. Of the current crop of keyboard wiz kids–from Moscow and elsewhere–Kissin alone has shown an inner fire equal to […]

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Caution, Quayle Ahead

To the editors: Thanks for the superb article by Florence Hamlish Levinsohn on the life and candidacy of Carol Moseley Braun [March 6]. What a wonderful opportunity Illinois has: to elect a black woman senator from the Land of Lincoln! Paul Simon, a political hero to me for years and years, has gone way down […]

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Design for Living

DESIGN FOR LIVING Touchstone Theatre at the Halsted Theatre Centre Both as an artist and critic, I tend to be drawn to the avant-garde–I can be one of those reverse snobs who believes that the higher the budget, the less important the production. And nothing could be farther from that approach than Noel Coward. With […]

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The Richest Dead Man Alive!

THE RICHEST DEAD MAN ALIVE! Theater Grottesco at Wisdom Bridge Theatre Physical theater at its least mental, Theater Grottesco’s The Richest Dead Man Alive! uses imagination like a weapon, turning actors into crazed and reckless marionettes. Presented in a Chicago premiere by Wisdom Bridge Theatre (and replacing the canceled Kabuki Richard III), this Detroit import […]

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Cultural Con Job

To the editors: Bill Wyman had the right idea in talking with the much-panned Twelfth Night director Neil Bartlett in “He Bombed in Chicago,” February 14. Critics and directors, artists and audiences, can use more such exchanges. But this particular interview misses the main point of much of the criticism of the Goodman production and […]

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Alternatives

I’ve been waiting to plug these guys for a while, and now’s the time: all proceeds from this performance go toward defraying the mountain of medical expenses incurred when Renee Haebich (the wife of the band’s bassist, Ken Haebich) suffered a brain aneurysm. Baritone saxophonist Barry Winograd (perhaps better known for hosting WXRT’s Jazz Transfusion) […]

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Story Idea

To the editors: Why don’t you widen the Reader’s interests a bit–do a study on van Gogh, perhaps? Once the painter wrote his brother: “When people tell you I paint too fast, you can tell them that they look too fast.” Calling the topic out of date may mean looking too fast. James Sponagle W. […]

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Artists as Critics

BACKTALK at the Randolph Street Gallery The phrase “talking back” connotes a certain amount of defiance, a tone with an edge, probably confrontational. But the works included in the current show of five artists at Randolph Street Gallery are anything but overtly confrontational. They’re thoughtful, complex, and even poetic, which is not to say they […]