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Pavement

Flavor of the month in alternative land is Pavement, an amiable, somewhat obscurantist LA group noticed both for their efficient parroting of all the right Pixilated, Sonic Youthful moves (which don’t impress me, and probably won’t you) and for their occasionally open and oddly ingratiating songwriting (which does me, and might you). On Slanted & […]

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We Encourage Racial Violence

To the editors: As I read Michael Miner’s sophomoric May 15th item “Buy American, Burn Asian” (p. 4), my surprise at what I thought was a tasteless parody of a politically naive bigot turned to incredulity, and then to anger and sadness. There was also a sense of irony, since an accompanying piece dealt with […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In April Richard Dickinson, 25, was allowed out of prison in Hobart, Australia, with two chaperones to attend a concert by his idol, Bob Dylan. Dickinson is in a prison for the criminally insane because in 1987 when his mother told him to turn down the music he stomped her to death to […]

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Japanese Racism

To the editors: Michael Miner, assumptions that teams of educators need to pour into the black ghettos of Los Angeles and teach the people there facts of life [Hot Type, May 15]. If any doubts still remain within the black community and the U.S.A. as a whole that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor because they […]

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Bad Habits

BAD HABITS Prairie del’Arte at Stage Left Theatre Terrence McNally’s early plays may have been abrasive, with their sledgehammer satire and “fuck authority and the establishment” attitudes, but at least there was no mistaking the author’s sentiments. The two one-act plays that together comprise Bad Habits, performed by Prairie del’ Arte, give us enough information […]

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The Straight Dope

One of the highlights of my year is an all-girl backpacking trip with a group of friends. I mentioned this at a party recently, only to have some (male) geek give me dire warnings about women camping while on their periods. He claimed bears are irresistibly attracted to the scent. I checked with one of […]

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Dueling Fingers

To the editors: Thank you for not jumping on the bandwagon for The Player [May 1]. The whole film is Altman and Tolkin giving the Tim Robbins character the finger and Robbins giving it back. A satire is supposed to attack or expose, not coddle the status quo. The Player is merely a flabby foile […]

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This Can’t Be Love

In this engagingly exotic musical revue, part of Bailiwick Repertory’s gay- and lesbian-oriented 1992 Pride Performance Series, Craig Figtree puts a strange but beautiful spin on the gay entertainment tradition of female impersonation. Rather than dressing up as a woman to lip-synch classic torch songs by the likes of Rodgers and Hart, Kern and Wodehouse, […]

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Chicago Opera Theater

Madame Flora, the spiritualist heroine in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium, cynically fakes seances for a living, but one day something happens during a session that she can’t quite explain–she hears voices and feels cold hands grasping at her throat, ghostly torment that continues until the shocking climax. This one-act, written in 1946, when Menotti […]

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Well-Fed at Starved Rock

To the editors: I always enjoy your “These Parts” issue [May 22], but was troubled by “Restaurant Tours: why they call it Starved Rock.” We happened to spend two nights at the Lodge just before the issue came out. We couldn’t believe the unrelieved negativity of Jody Stern (your free-lance food critic?). We stayed in […]

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Dirk Bogarde: By Myself

A must-see for Dirk Bogarde fans, and highly recommended to anyone who wants to hear an intelligent actor speak at length. This two-part British TV documentary by Paul Joyce features a fascinating discussion by Bogarde about his craft, with particularly interesting bits about Visconti’s blocking of his mise en scene to music by Mahler in […]

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The City File

Four of the top 25 small companies in the U.S., as ranked by Business Week (May 25), are in the Chicago area: Platinum Technology (number 2, software, Lombard), Technology Solutions (number 5, computer systems, Chicago), U.S. Robotics (number 19, modems, Skokie), and Zebra Technologies (number 25, bar coding, Vernon Hills). “Although I’m not 100% consistent, […]