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Homesick James

Homesick James Williamson is one of the last of the legendary free spirits of the blues. Born in Somerville, Tennessee, he ran away from home at a young age and joined the southern circuit of itinerant blues entertainers, playing with such notables as Blind Boy Fuller, Johnny Shines, and others before finally settling in Chicago […]

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Profit and Loss

To the editors: Re your article “Executive Pay” in Hot Type [April 17]; How can a company’s net income fall 126 percent? I wanted to write Cecil Adams but never can understand his answers to math questions. Bob Brooks Evanston Michael Miner replies: Doggone it, neither can I. But this one isn’t hard. Say Company […]

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Andrew Young

ANDREW YOUNG at Betsy Rosenfield Gallery Why paint? It’s slow. It’s expensive. It’s difficult to do well. And in a world of color Xeroxing and MTV, the opulent medium often seems something of an antique, an elegant old sage whose dancing days have passed. Yet perhaps because of its long association with geniuses and kings, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Theaters in North Carolina recently began showing a short, state-funded film advocating teenage sexual abstinence. In The Power to Create Life, a teenage couple in a car are contemplating having sex when the sky lights up and an alien emperor implores, “You have the power to create life. Don’t abuse it.” The kids […]

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Women’s Choice

To the editors: Some comment on the “No Choice” feature article in the April 17 edition of the Reader. As a sensitive male it disturbs me that many women are so gullible, so willing, so assured that the option to have the life in them torn from them as a relief to their circumstances in […]

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City of Angels

This deliciously funny and inventive Broadway musical, playing here in a national touring version, is at once a spoof of 1940s detective thrillers and a tribute to all writers’ most endangered asset–their integrity. Larry Gelbart’s witty script crosscuts between the black-and-white universe of a film noir tough guy named Stone–a wisecracking private eye played here […]

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Matt “Guitar” Murphy

The technique of Matt “Guitar” Murphy is one of the true wonders of the blues world: impossibly fast an light-fingered one minute, ecstatically raw-edged and metallic the next. He’s lent his dexterous fret work to stylists as diverse as Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, and James Cotton, and in recent years he’s been leading his own […]

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The Cancer Killer

To the editors: I read with interest the article “The Woman Killer: The Sexual Politics of Breast Cancer” [April 3]. Despite the continuing optimistic rhetoric by the orthodox cancer industry, the mortality rate for nonlocalized breast cancer has remained static at 18 percent for the last 40 years. Our nation’s libraries and research institutions are […]

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Bach Week in Evanston

Evanston’s annual marathon of J.S. Bach’s music is fast becoming a springtime tradition. As much as I appreciate the organizers’ zeal, however, I can’t quite fathom why Bach, as ubiquitous as ever, needs this sort of attention. On the other hand, this year’s festival does include a rare performance of The Art of the Fugue. […]

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Alarms

ALARMS Calo Theater The Greek god Apollo loved a Trojan named Cassandra and gave her the power to foretell the future. When she refused his love, he could not take back the gift of prophecy, but he turned it against her: no one would ever believe her, and it would be her fate to stand […]

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Rostenkowski’s Retort

To the editors: I take strong issue with David Moberg’s recent article “Politics: Our Man in Washington” [March 13] which demeans my record of service in Congress. Some of what Moberg writes is simply wrong; some of its borders on libel. Your readers deserve to know the facts. Let me set the record straight. Social […]

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Joffrey Ballet

JOFFREY BALLET at the Auditorium Theatre April 29-May3 Ballet tends to reduce women to one of two images: the ballerina as a cool, active, independent force, the agent of her own destiny and dancing, or as the object of male fantasy and desire, hurled, hauled around, and deprived of volition. The most interesting dances present […]

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A Dweeb’s Guide to Hipness

TWENTIETH CENTURY ANGST: A CELEBRATION Dave Cooke at Link’s Hall April 24 Dave Cooke must have seen some performance art somewhere and figured, “Hey, I can do that–a little video, a few slides, a bit of dancing around and being weird. No problem!” But there are problems galore in Twentieth Century Angst: A Celebration, starting […]