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Avian Inconsistency

To the editors: I welcome diversity in pubs, but I feel a strong contradiction was shown when you just recently covered a less-invasive free-range chicken story [May 22] and now reporting on a disgusting interference with hawks [June 12]! This is an absurd hobby, and your coverage of it is similar. Desire Hoolhorst W. Warwick

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The City File

“Perhaps the next development in performance poetry will be an attempt to become more like professional wrestling,” writes Gloria Klein in Letter eX (June). “A poetry ‘slam’ is not too far from it already. What is professional wrestling if not a form of entertainment that is metaphor without language? When Cactus Jack battled Arachne Man […]

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Our Profane Critics

To the editors: If Achy Obejas has so little faith in the interest she can generate from one of her theater reviews that she feels the need to pepper them with Anglo-Saxonisms every week, perhaps she should find another line of work [June 5]. Buy a thesaurus, Achy, and stop throwing the word fuck around […]

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Death and Pancakes

DEATH AND PANCAKES at the Rudely Elegant Theater and Gallery By Albert Williams Eric Lane Barnes’s new musical about the psychic and sexual abuse of a 1970s adolescent doesn’t work as a show, but I wish more shows didn’t work this powerfully. Juxtaposing campy commentary on feel-good 70s entertainment (The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, […]

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Correct Brecht

To the editors: In regard to Lawrence Bommer’s worried question as to whether Bertolt Brecht is in danger of domestication [May 15], I have no easy reassurance for him. It is, however, evident that unless I have been deceived by decades of bad translations, Mr. Brecht has already been flattened by the politically correct newspeak […]

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Alejandro Escovedo

In the four years since the breakup of his acclaimed band, the True Believers, Alejandro Escovedo has retained his position as perhaps the most talented songwriter and bandleader on the vibrant Austin music scene through some restless collaborations and piercing and luminous shows with an aggregation called the Alejandro Escovedo orchestra. At the same time, […]

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Symphony in Decline

To the editors: I heartily enjoyed (and agreed with) Ted Shen’s June 12 review of the Chicago Symphony (“Echoes of a Distant Past”). It was great to read an accurate assessment of the orchestra by someone other than the perennial boosters/lapdogs at the Tribune and Sun-Times. As a musician and concert subscriber, it has been […]

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Field & Street

The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, for only the third time in nearly 30 years of existence, has given its approval to the introduction of a new species into one of its preserves. So if Doug Taron can find a few caterpillars, a moth called Papaipema cerina will be released in the Bluff Spring Fen Nature […]

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Hannah Free

HANNAH FREE Bailiwick Repertory at the Theatre Building Claudia Allen’s Hannah Free is an utterly conventional drama about an utterly unconventional topic: the lifelong romantic relationship between two women in their 80s. This contradiction gives the play its subversive power. Allen takes a story that in today’s political climate might be considered offensive or “antifamily” […]

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Premieres by John Eaton

PREMIERES BY JOHN EATON at Mandel Hall May 29 For the past 18 years or so, University of Chicago music professor John Eaton has collaborated with Robert Moog on devising an electronic contraption capable of producing more different sounds than any other instrument in existence. Moog, an electrical engineer by training, is of course celebrated […]