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Kid Dynamite

Diminutive Kid Dynamite has been a south-side mainstay since his legendary performances in the 70s at Morgen’s Lounge on 61st Street, where he danced on the tables to the rough-and-ready funk of John Embry and the Ghetto Kings. He’s polished his act since then, but the essence remains the same: leather-lunged renditions of soul and […]

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Blacklight International Film Festival

The 11th edition of the annual festival of black independent films continues through Sunday, August 9, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, and at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $5, with discounts available to Blacklight and Film Center members. For more information call 443-3737 or 281-4114. FRIDAY, AUGUST […]

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The Best of Braun

To the editors: A writer to the Reader [July 31] questioned the point of your article about the chaos at Carol Moseley Braun’s campaign office [Hot Type, July 10]. The point is the basic personality of one aspiring to be a United States senator. On her best day Braun is a short-memoried, short-fused, and superficial […]

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Joan Morris and William Bolcom

Expect to see William Bolcom in the news come November when his Lyric Opera-commissioned McTeague premieres. In the meantime, however, the talented composer and pianist is still better known for the act he and his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, have performed for years. When it comes to singing popular American tunesfrom Foster to Bernstein–the Morris-Bolcom […]

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Misunderstood in Manitowoc

To the editors: Greetings from the hinterlands of Wisconsin! Just recently a copy of the Chicago Reader, dated May 22, crossed my desk. Some friends from Chicago wanted to make certain we had read the article, “Artists at Home,” about John Shimon and Julie Lindemann since they are again living in our collective backyard. John […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Lance Grande, assistant curator in the Field Museum’s geology department, has spent the last 15 years excavating fossils in an area of Southwestern Wyoming called Fossil Lake–an 18-inch-thick slab of limestone that’s 52 million years old. This fossil of a fish chasing another is just one of more than 100 specimens (including a 13-foot crocodile) […]

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Not My Specialty

To the editors: In the article by John Conroy on Larry Eyler (July 31) my name is cited with the notation “forensic pathologist.” While it is true that I was consulted on this case, it is not true that I am a board certified forensic pathologist. I have studied the pathology of diseases and causes […]

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The Straight Dope

It seems to me that “shameful” and “shameless” basically mean the same thing, yet one is “full” and the other is “less.” How is this possible? –Katherine C., Van Nuys, California I’ve got a sneaking suspicion, Katherine, that you’re one of those people who call up radio talk-show guests and ask why their noses run […]

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Capra’s Catastrophe

BROADWAY BILL *** (A must-see) Directed by Frank Capra Written by Robert Riskin and Sidney Buchman With Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Helen Vinson, Clarence Muse, Raymond Walburn, Walter Connolly, Margaret Hamilton, and Frankie Darro. Though it’s surely a coincidence, the theatrical rerelease of Frank Capra’s Broadway Bill and the simultaneous publication of Joseph McBride’s Frank […]

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Simple Economics

To the editors: Thank you for David Futrelle’s article (“The Rhetoric of Denial,” June 26). He put into words what I could only feel. For readers who missed it, I suggest you send for a copy. It’s that important. It’s one of the few times I’ve seen someone untangle the rhetorical glut in the media. […]

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The City File

Don’t wear your best clothes to negotiate with this guy. Community organizer Josh Hoyt, on Listening to America (Channel 11, July 28): “Maybe it’s because I’m from Chicago, but my experience is if you don’t get down in the gutter and kick and scratch and bite and claw and make your point, then nothing happens. […]