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Hilton Heads

“Excuse me, sir. You can’t sell those in here.” “What?” “We don’t allow anyone to sell anything in the lobby.” A barefoot guy with a stack of tie-dyed shirts was arguing with the tall, lanky uniformed security guard. The hippie had set his shirts on the floor inside the main doors of the Hilton and […]

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Attitude Adjustment/Price Boosters

Attitude Adjustment Attitude, the sine qua non of the greatest sportswriters, galloped into Chicago as the ribbon on the lance of Jay Mariotti. Today, according to the recent ad campaign trumpeting Sun-Times sports, it is flaunted by the entire staff. Attitude is an in-your-face swagger that exceeds always on the side of derring-do. “You know […]

Posted inFilm

Strangeness on a Train

ZENTROPA *** (A must-see) Directed by Lars von Trier Written by von Trier and Niels Vorsel With Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Jaregard, Erik Mork, Jorgen Reenberg, Henning Jensen, Eddie Constantine, and the voice of Max von Sydow. Lars von Trier’s Zentropa is the most exciting failure to come along in ages. This […]

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Ice Man Robinson & Dancin’ Perkins

For slick, uptown presentation and musical subtlety, look elsewhere: These musicians are among those who have been keeping the Maxwell Street crowds dancing on Sunday mornings for years. When they’re not playing the street, they work at places like the New Excuse Lounge (formerly Porter’s) on South Halsted. Ice Man Robinson employs a searing slide […]

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Eddie Murphy’s best comedy to date starts off like a warmed-over Frank Sinatra vehicle of the 50s or 60s, but before long it becomes clear that Murphy–who is credited with the story that Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield’s script is based on–is interested in critiquing, perhaps even dismantling, the narcissistic womanizer he has been […]

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Bonnie Lee

Vocalist Bonnie Lee has been gracing Chicago stages for decades, but only recently has her reputation extended beyond a tight coterie of south- and west-side admirers. In an age of screamers and shouters Lee provides a welcome dash of elegance: her deep, sweet contralto is a stripped-down version of the sophisticated crooning of singers like […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Mary Lou Ingwersen’s Geranium Hill and 29 other oil landscapes painted in her Bucktown studio will be on display through July 31 at Fermilab’s Wilson Hall, Kirk and Pine streets, in Batavia, Illinois. The exhibit is open from 9 to 5 seven days a week; admission on is free. Call 708-840-3211 for more information.

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Missing Manitowoc

To the editors: In response to your “These Parts” article on Manitowoc, Wisconsin [May 22], and especially to its accompanying feature story on the social misfortunes and artistic suppression of John Shimon and Julie Lindemann— I’m from Manitowoc. I know it well. And I, along with every other “Manitowocean” with whom I shared your article […]

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The Straight Dope

What is the purpose of underground nuclear testing? Do governments actually learn something from these explosions? Or is it just a deranged form of political muscle-flexing? –Dave Hines, Chicago What, you think nuclear weaponry is a mature (I use the word loosely) technology? Well, it isn’t, and considering the untold billions we’re spending on nuclear […]

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Needle Exchange

To the editors: I am writing about your story “Good Works” concerning the needle exchange program that a couple of do-gooders have started on the south side of the city [June 19]. Distribution of needles without a prescription is against Illinois law. If the residents and the police on the south side wish to tolerate […]

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The City File

Chances that your sewer is more than 92 years old: better than 1 in 4 (Chicago Enterprise, June). “If somebody chews your food for you all your life, when you’re presented with a solid food, you’re not going to know what to do with it,” Stuart Rosenberg tells David Rothschild in New City (June 4). […]