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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, […]

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Robert Levin

The late Vladimir Horowitz was fussy about his piano. For over 40 years–half of his career–he only performed on an ebony concert grand made to his specifications by Steinway. Three years after his death, the legendary piano itself is now on tour, making stops at more than 175 North American cities in two years. Much […]

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Satan & Adam

This pairing of a grizzled veteran Harlem street singer and a young refugee from the Broadway theater sounds like a PR man’s dream–but they’ve got the chops to live up to the hype. Satan is one-man band Sterling Magee, who’s been playing guitar and percussion on the streets of New York for as long as […]

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Prisoners of bureaucracy: state keeps the disabled in nursing homes at twice the price of home care. The reason? Budget cuts!

It took Louis Summers, who is deaf and physically disabled, more than three years to prepare himself to live independently. But it took only a single directive issued by the state one day last February to keep him dependent in a nursing home. The nursing home is in south-suburban Harvey, where nurses and aides are […]

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Chicago Sinfonietta

On a good day, this midsize orchestra–the youthful multiethnic ensemble founded by maestro Paul Freeman–justifiably stakes its claim as an alternative to the Chicago Symphony. Its five-year-old practice of spotlighting non-European works and soloists continues at this season’s finale with Japanese violinist Kyoko Takezawa. A child prodigy weaned on the Suzuki method and a recent […]

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Moody blues

Otis Rush burst onto the Chicago blues recording scene in 1956 with one of the most powerful, agonized sounds ever captured on vinyl. With a saxophone groaning in the background and his splintered chording and jagged leads skittering beneath his tormented vocals, he created a music that was at once more sophisticated and more primal […]

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Jimmy Smith

In a nightclub I once heard jazz organist Jimmy Smith begin a set with a fast blues; he followed it with a slow blues; and then he played a medium-tempo blues. After that he spoke to the audience for the first time that evening: “And now, ladies and gentlemen, we will play a blues.” Even […]