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Accentuating the Negative

To the editors: Contrary to Lewis Lazare’s report in the June 5, 1992 Reader, Robert Falls is not “preparing to take a sabbatical from his post as artistic director.” It is curious to me that Mr. Lazare cites “several sources close to Goodman Theatre management” as the basis for this story since no one who […]

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Every Speck of Dust That Falls to Earth Really Does Make the Whole Planet Heavier

At a time when most comics and comedy troupes avoid all but the most obvious political humor, it’s refreshing to see satire that’s both more informed and more biting than the usual fare. Structured as a TV newsmagazine, complete with an unctuous anchorman (David Kraft) and regular departments–Cover Story, World News, National News, and Analysis–Warm […]

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Local Talent

QUEER STORIES Zebra Crossing Theatre at Chicago Filmmakers Though this city has one of the most vibrant theater scenes around–perhaps the most vibrant theater scene in the country–we still have a way to go before our local writers get the sort of exposure now routinely accorded talented local actors and directors. Which is why anthology […]

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Iris DeMent

The utter trashing of country music at the hands of pop schlock over the past few years has made it difficult to even think about the music without getting a headache. The only relief is a recent spate of honest and unassuming, if zero-selling, artists of vastly different styles for whom the rubric “new country” […]

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Abortion Profiteers

To the editors: Kudos to Cate Plys for her unwitting expose of the abortion industry [“No Choice,” April 17]. Though certainly not her intent, Ms. Plys amply demonstrates that given a conflict between abortion profiteers (aided by compliant zealots) and pregnant women in crisis, the latter will lose every time. Especially if they are poor. […]

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The Chancellor’s Tale

THE CHANCELLOR’S TALE SummerN.I.T.E. at the Greenview Arts Center I don’t know if Paul Mohrbacher is a practicing Catholic or not, but he sure knows the Roman church–especially its devious contemporary politics. He puts his knowledge to good use in The Chancellor’s Tale, an informative and credible study of conflict and compromise in the issue […]

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The Sports Section

The image was immediately recognizable: Michael Jordan leaping, legs akimbo, and pumping his fist in the air. It was his response to the Shot, three years ago, when he lifted the Bulls toward the top of the National Basketball Association with the last-second jumper that defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it was how he commemorated […]

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Shocked and Saddened

To the editors: We of the Depression & Bipolar Support Group hope your readers will recognize that “Is Psychiatry Going Insane?” [May 1] was an example of irresponsible journalism at its finest. In hopes of providing a candid discussion of ethical issues surrounding modern psychiatry, you have instead provided a forum for the personal agenda […]

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Gust William Tsilis

The vibraphone remains one of the most difficult instruments on which to establish a unique or even recognizable style, but Gust William Tsilis is unquestionably doing just that. From a purely technical standpoint his busy, smartly careering lines represent an embellishment on the style of Bobby Hutcherson–a hornlike approach rather than the keyboard-based style of […]

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Sugar

“Is that her real name? Sugar?” asked a young woman on her way into the ladies’ room at Gordon restaurant. “I had a dog named Sugar.” “Well, it’s really a funny story,” said a male companion. “But–well–I’ll tell you when you come out.” Sugar Rautbord, the former Donna Kaplan (of the steel Kaplans), was upstairs […]

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Beware of Men Baring Souls

To the editors: I love it when men tell women how women are being irresponsible victims of prochoice advocates. I respond to Dennis J. Giba’s letter in the May 8 issue by asking him if he understands what can lead to unwanted pregnancy. Women choose abortion not as a method of birth control but when […]

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Women’s Work: a plot to put video producers behind bars

“Prisons are basically patriarchal institutions–they are set up for men,” says Brenda Webb, executive director of Chicago Filmmakers. “In some jails women get men’s shorts. They don’t get female underwear. Everything is oriented toward men.” Webb says prisons have numerous training and educational programs for men, largely because they were set up years ago. But […]