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U. Utah Phillips

Only a true-blue, work-shirt-clad folksinger could pull off what U.Utah Phillips does: for recreation he periodically takes to the rails and lives the life of a hobo. Once he even managed to get paid for it, landing a grant to study and document the life-style. Though Phillips lives out west–where men are men and guns […]

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COMEDIANS Court Theatre A true comedian “works through laughter, not for it,” the once-popular Eddie Waters tells his students in Comedians. “A real comedian . . . dares to see what his audience shies away from.” The debate over whether a comedian should aim for cheap laughs and easy targets or strive to reveal greater […]

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Be True to Your School

To the editors: Cliches leap to mind while reading about the school with, according to the writer, so many mobsters’ children [Our Town, March 13]. Not “It takes one to know one” or “Birds of a feather.” Both of those imply that the story is correct. And besides, the reporter’s own family was carefully exonerated. […]

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Scenes Not From a Mall

MY COUSIN VINNY *** (A must-see) Directed by Jonathan Lynn Written by Dale Launer With Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne, Lane Smith, and Austin Pendleton. WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Ron Shelton With Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell, Cylk Cozart, and […]

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Robert Conway

The New Music Chicago Festival is back! This biannual confab of the best, the brightest, and the most outrageous midwestern composers and performers promises a cornucopia of the latest trends as well as homages to avant-garde masters. Among the headliners are Cube, saxophonist John Sampen and the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, and the Boston Composers […]

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Music of the Baroque

These days the Music of the Baroque’s “sidebar series” seems to be livelier and more adventurous than its main series. A case in point: next week’s revivals of Vivaldi’s Credo and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Both works are rarely performed, even though the Pergolesi qualifies as a crowning achievement of the Baroque era. Credo is noteworthy […]

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Special Services: the $7,000 blind date

Heather Stern and Marianne Grierson spend most of their time looking for eligible mates. They work the gallery openings, fund-raisers, fancy parties–anywhere they might come upon attractive people of adequate means, intelligence, and character. But neither of these two is lovelorn herself–Stern’s married; Grierson’s “involved.” They do their trolling on behalf of others. Both sexes. […]

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Contemporary Chamber Players

John Eaton, formerly a prof at Indiana University, recently joined the music faculty of the University of Chicago, taking over the teaching chores that used to be handled by his pal Ralph Shapey. Very much an iconoclast and an original thinker–and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship–Eaton is arguably the most imaginative American composer […]

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The Straight Dope

I attended the Ohio Renaissance Festival recently. One of the acts was Thom Selectomy, a sword swallower. He invited persons from the audience to inspect his props, the swords. From all appearances the weapons seemed to be authentic. He then proceeded to “swallow” rapiers of varying lengths. Once he ingested two at a time, extracting […]

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The Mothers

THE MOTHERS Chameleon Productions at the Edgewater Theatre Center When Eva Peron, first lady of Argentina, died in 1952 of uterine cancer, there were many who were happy to see her go. Military leaders had long been jealous of her influence over their president, and the aristocracy resentful of the power wielded by the former […]