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Performance Art Videos, Part I

Three videos, including the Chicago premieres of Maria Beatty’s Sphinxes Without Secrets (1990), an hour-long documentary about women performance artists (among them Diamanda Galas, Holly Hughes, Joan Jonas, Robbie McCauley, Annie Sprinkle, Rachel Rosenthal, and Adrian Piper), and Laurie Anderson’s 20-minute What You Mean We? (1986). Receiving its world premiere is Suzie Silver’s subversive, gender-bending […]

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Saturnalia

To the editors: A small error was edited into my article “Education: Schooling for Dollars” [May 8]. When former Chicago principal Sylvia Peters referred to the Saturn School idea, she was referring to a project that was initiated in 1986 by American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker. Rather than being simply “an educational concept […]

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The Waterdance

Don’t let the subject of this movie–the interactions of three men (Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, and William Forsythe) at a physical rehabilitation center–scare you away from one of the most intelligent, sensitive, serious, subtle, and gripping American movies around. Codirected by Neal Jiminez and Michael Steinberg from an excellent script by Jiminez (who wrote River’s […]

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Searching for New Sounds

CUBE at Cafe Voltaire May 2 For much of the first half of this century composers worked hard to emancipate themselves from the shackles of tonality. Encouraged by Schoenberg’s example, they more or less succeeded in discarding the conventions of the classical style. But after liberation what? While Schoenberg and his followers came up with […]

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A Glimpse of the Monster

To the editors: Your riveting article (April 10) on the Winnetka “IRA” murders demonstrated the success of British disinformation about Northern Ireland. It is appalling that our FBI should be engaged in the harassment of U.S. citizens exercising their right to alleviate suffering and help end discrimination by our “most trusted ally.” It makes a […]

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True Hash

To the editors: With regards to a feature article that appeared about a local running group, the Chicago Hash House Harriers (CH3) [March 20], I would like to respond to what I feel was a distorted and misleading picture written about CH3 by the author Mr. Jeff Burdick. As was reported correctly, “THE HASH” as […]

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Wine Tasting

This room could make you snow-blind. Arranged along the white walls are tables with white tablecloths. Sitting at the tables, seven white men in white lab coats. At each of their stations, a little white plate with a roll of roast beef and some crackers, and three glasses of red wine. Each man has a […]

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Eddie Daniels

Eddie Daniels peruses and updates the Benny Goodman songbook on his latest recording (Benny Rides Again on GRP)–a perfectly reasonable thing for Daniels, the most virtuosic of contemporary jazz clarinetists, to do. But the linkage extends beyond the obvious. Goodman was also the first jazzman to play and record classical music; and Daniels, along with […]

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Light in Love

LIGHT IN LOVE Bailiwick Repertory and Tea Party Productions How does Christopher Cartmill manage to retain his romantic vision at his age and in our age? And how does the author of Incorruptible and the adapter of Dickens’s The Haunted Man continue to convey that vision with such unashamed honesty and dignity that even cynics […]

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The Straight Dope

Our cat seems to be left-handed. Is that possible? Are animals right- or left-handed, as humans are? If so, how come, and what can be inferred from that about the meaning of life? –Pierre and Daniella, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Life is meaningless. However, if you play your cards right, it can still be a million […]

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Dates Without Chicks/Magazines

DATES WITHOUT CHICKS and MAGAZINES Theatre of the Reconstruction Guys are pigs, granted. They swill beer, whack off to porn magazines, degrade women in the workplace, and talk trash about them in private. In these politically correct times, an even more curious type of porcine manhood has arisen. This animal talks a good game, empathizing […]

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Meet the President/I Love You So Much I’m Going to Tie You Up With Chains and Beat You With Warm Squash

MEET THE PRESIDENT at Urbus Orbis I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I’M GOING TO TIE YOU UP WITH CHAINS AND BEAT YOU WITH WARM SQUASH at the Playwrights’ Center Peter Handler’s dark one-act comedy Meet the President begins with the question “What was that?” and ends with the frightened cry “What’s going on? What’s happening […]