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The Straight Dope

Can you solve a mystery for us? Why is it that every so often as you’re driving along there’s just one shoe lying there on the road? There’s never the other shoe in the pair, just that one shoe. Does someone throw their shoe out the window in disgust? Do kids throw their parents’ shoes […]

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Nothing to Hide

To the editors: Achy Obejas certainly minces no words in making clear her abundant dislike of my show, Twentieth Century Angst: a Celebration (“A Dweeb’s Guide to Hipness,” May 8). Questions of dislike aside, however, her review contains several factual errors that I would like to clarify: 1. Obejas states that “with less than a […]

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The City File

Dept. of overdeveloped ethics. “Growing food is one of those areas where, at present, our moral intentions are ahead of our practical abilities,” writes Jean Blackwood in the Animals’ Agenda (January/February). “When I’m poisoning squash bugs and harmless bystanders, blasting aphids with insecticidal soap, or stomping blister beetles by the hundreds, I don’t feel like […]

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Sleeping Talent

To the editors: Regarding Florence Hamlish Levinsohn’s article on dreams [May 8]: My dreams are not restricted to visuals. I hear, play and even write music. I’ve experienced “real” bands covering other bands’ songs. I’ve written poems and headlines (I’m a copywriter when I’m awake) in my sleep. Thought you’d like to know. Randy Guy […]

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Queen Fan Club Guidelines

To the editors: Gee, to hear Bill Wyman [“Freddie’s Dead, That’s All They Said,” May 15] tell it in his “criticism” of the “Concert for Life,” to actually like Queen’s music you have to be: short, stupid, an undiscriminating foreigner and/or a has-been rock star with a silly haircut or funny mustache. Maybe you can […]

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Field & Street

The birds are beginning to settle down at Somme Woods. Somme is the Cook County forest preserve in Northbrook where I have been working with three other volunteers on a survey of nesting birds. We started the survey in early March, when the only birds around were year-round residents like downy woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, cardinals, […]

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Danger Zome

To the editors: Michael Miner’s Hot Type column of May 15 “Buy American, Burn Asian” may have been well intended but falls abysmally short in its display of judgment and sensitivity. While the piece may have meant to take on those who seek to lay the blame of America’s economic and other woes at the […]

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International Theatre Festival of Chicago

In Chicago, even-numbered years bring the odd productions from around the world to town. At least they have since 1986, when Jane Nicholl Sahlins, Bernard Sahlins, and Pam Marsden first launched this sometimes controversial, visionary biennial event. When the festival was founded, Chicago was routinely omitted from major national theater tours, whose producers gauged that […]

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The Beetles

THE BEETLES Stage Two Theatre For its production of The Beetles, the first play by a young California playwright named Malcolm MacDonald, the Stage Two Theatre in Waukegan is offering a “no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.” Anyone who doesn’t think The Beetles is worth the price of admission can get a full refund. Offering a money-back guarantee […]

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FBI Strikes Again

To the editors: Thank you for publishing John Conroy’s excellent article on the injustice done to Jeanne Bishop [April 10]. I have met Jeanne Bishop and greatly admire her strength and commitment to democratic ideals. Our country needs more people like her. My heart goes out to Jeanne and her family. My daughter, Chris Reid, […]

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Nancy Reilly

A member of the Wooster group since the early 80s, when she first appeared in L.S.D. (…Just the Highpoints…), the group’s controversial deconstruction of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Nancy Reilly has followed the lead of Wooster colleague Spalding Gray and turned solo. But unlike Gray and his polished public therapy sessions, Reilly reaches beyond herself, […]