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The Lesson/Funstuff ’91-’92

THE LESSON Synergy Theatre FUNSTUFF ’91-’92 at the Improvisation I know, I know–everything these days brings to mind the clash between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. That’s why I’m reluctant even to make the comparison. But I can’t help it–I saw their conflict symbolically reenacted in The Lesson. In this play, first staged in 1951, […]

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Willem Breuker Kollektief

How do you describe the indescribable? The Willem Breuker Kollektief sounds like the pit band from a Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht musical; the show they put on is something like Spike Jones, or Sun Ra meeting Madame Florence Foster Jenkins, or the left-wing musical equivalent of the Naked Gun movies–but all of these on a high […]

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22 Clark

Two women–one tall, one short: very quietly, and almost unnoticed, they sneak through the rear door of the number 22 Clark Street bus about a block or two south of Belmont. This small feat is accomplished by taking advantage of the exit of two very old, very slow-moving men, both sporting battered Atlanta Braves caps […]

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Symphonic Fiction

To the editors: It is interesting to see how repetition can turn fiction into fact. In Lewis Lazare’s “Culture Club” column regarding the strike at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra [September 20], one of our musicians was quoted as saying that the Orchestra management had insufficient money to give the musicians an appropriate contract, but was […]

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The Straight Dope

What is the origin of “tit for tat”? What is tat? And where can I get some in order to get the former? –PK, Baltimore You’re a stitch, PK. “Tit for tat” is a corruption of “tip for tap,” blow for blow, which first turned up in the 15th century. (That’s “tip” as in foul […]

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Medical Crime

To the editors: Since the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has stopped funding to Professor Peter Duesberg of the University of California, Berkeley, as stated in the Reader of October 4, 1991, I am withdrawing from the MACS study of sexually active Gay men. I applaud Duesberg’s challenge to the notion that HIV causes AIDS. […]

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The City File

Cooperstown on the lake. Museum of Broadcast Communications founder and president Bruce DuMont on its inclusion of the Radio Hall of Fame: “What Cooperstown is to baseball and what Nashville is to country music, Chicago will be to radio.” “While the governmental bureaucrats of Eastern Europe have long since disappeared or been jailed, ours are […]

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Ballet in Your Face

BALLET CHICAGO at the Dance Center of Columbia College October 23-November 2 By performing in Uptown, in the city’s preeminent modern-dance performance space, Ballet Chicago has undertaken its biggest gamble yet. Daring to show ballet up close and personal is a lot like daring to attend a costume gala in a G-string. Strip away the […]

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More on Mainstream Music

To the editors: Regarding Patrick Andres’s letter [October 11], I have to agree that for an “alternative” publication, the Reader pays scant attention to alternative music. It seems that Grateful Dead concerts, new Rolling Stones releases and Madonna movies might best be left for the two dailies to review. One would expect that the little […]

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Illustrated Man

The twin Japanese demon faces on Blu-Bak’s buttocks stare. With a twitch of his ass muscles, one stare turns into a menacing grimace. Kapra Fleming caught this narcissistic gesture in her documentary portrait of Blu-Bak, Full Suit, shown two weeks ago at Chicago Filmmakers to a standing-room-only crowd. The gesture is at once fascinating and […]

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Garbage Solution

To the editors: Thanks for writing an excellent but depressing article on the state of recycling in the city of Chicago [September 20]. It seems very puzzling that a man as intelligent and “competent” as Mayor Daley would be so totally off the mark when it comes to his blue bag solution. Why would he […]

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Little Arthur Duncan

It’s been far too long since ebullient harpist Little Arthur Duncan showed up on the north side; recently he’s been concentrating on running the Artesia Lounge, a cozy little blues bar on West Madison. Duncan’s technique is no-frills: he blows in a harsh warble and sings with ragged emotionalism. Even when his intonation falters he […]