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The Family Circle

CARMEN LOMAS GARZA: PEDACITO DE MI CORAZON (A LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART) at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum San Francisco artist Carmen Lomas Garza has painted scenes of childhood and family life–not often treated in contemporary painting–for most of the past two decades. She came to her subject when she was a young […]

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The Promise/Beirut

THE PROMISE DuckWorks Productions at the Blue Rider Theatre One of the great strengths of theater, too often overlooked in this age of slice-of-life realism, is that it can show us lives more intense and passionate than we fainthearted and practical folks dare live. Consider Jose Rivera’s magical realist play The Promise. Inspired by S. […]

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Violin Tendencies

GOLDEN BOY Cactus Theatre at Synergy Center At first glance, the conflict at the center of Clifford Odets’s Golden Boy seems laughable, naive at best. The protagonist is the literally cockeyed Joe Bonaparte, a defensive young man driven by a fierce desire for success as well as the money, fame, and recognition that (in his […]

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Video in the Park: two nights of television deprogramming

The Video Data Bank, a nonprofit Chicago-based distributor of video art, will try to break through the broadcast-TV status quo this weekend. Friday and Saturday nights “A Crack in the Tube”–a free outdoor video projection event–will turn Grant Park’s Petrillo band shell into a walk-in “drive-in movie.” However, the fare projected on the giant screen […]

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Jungle of Tongues/Pound Bound

JUNGLE OF TONGUES PUS at Latino Chicago POUND BOUND PUS at Latino Chicago The Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, held annually in Wicker Park, offers many small up-and-coming companies the equivalent of the traditional tryout tour–the opportunity to test material in front of a live audience before fine-tuning it. Charles Pike and Scott Baker, of PUS, have […]

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Urban Heroes

To the editors: [Re: Neighborhood News, August 14] What’s all this fuss about taming bicycle messengers? True they may seem reckless at times and give a fright or two, but rather than reviling them, they ought to be celebrated. They may well be the hardest working and most courageous workers in the city. For eight […]

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Bruce Springsteen

See the Springsteen interview in Rolling Stone last month? Turns out he’s been in therapy since 1982. There’s nothing wrong with that–‘cept now he’s beginning to talk about it, and God knows what sort of psychotherapeutic rationalizations produced the double disaster of Lucky Town and Human Touch. I hate to put it so cruelly, but […]

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No Plastics, Please

To the editors: In your July 23 advertising supplement on the Taste of Lincoln Avenue there was an informative article on the recycling center at the corner of Wrightwood and Lincoln avenues. There was, however, a major error in listing the materials collected at this site. The error is causing the Resource Center, the nonprofit […]

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The Straight Dope

My skin has usually been pretty clear, even through my adolescence. But now I’m 25, and recently I’ve been breaking out a lot. I also have been having a lot of sex for a couple of months straight. Is there some weird kind of hormone thing that’s doing this to me? I thought sex was […]

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Pedestrian Rights

To the editors: Alderman Natarus thinks the great source of carnage on our streets and sidewalks is the conflict between pedestrians and bicyclists/rollerbladers [Neighborhood News, August 14]. Jack Blackfelt points, quite rightly, to the far bloodier conflict between bicyclists and cars. Neither of them seems interested in the bloodiest conflict of all, between pedestrians and […]

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The City File

Kids–don’t try this in Wisconsin. One of eight tips the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago offers for reducing fat and calories in fast food: “Eliminate cheese on sandwiches and salads.” Losing ground. While voter registration among whites and blacks in Chicago has hovered around 80 percent for the last 15 years, the Chicago Reporter […]

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It’s a Schism

To the editors: Thank you, Reader, for publishing Jim Bowman’s article on local Roman Catholic pastors and priests [“Religion: Playing Down the Law,” June 5]. Whatever its purpose, it reveals clearly the present state of the archdiocese of Chicago–schism. Unless, of course, systematic disobedience on crucial points of discipline and pervasive and deliberate undermining of […]