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Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio

Like other aging rockers who hunger for approval from the musical establishment, Paul McCartney attempted to move into the classical realm. However, his foray was only a qualified success. A prodigious tunesmith with an ear for hummable melodies, the ex-Beatle knows how to captivate. But in collaboration with movie-score composer Carl Davis, he fashioned a […]

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Back Talk

To the editors: I have always enjoyed the Reader, but was very angered by your article on Naomi Wolf’s recent talk about her book, The Beauty Myth [Our Town, August 14]. You did not give her talk the seriousness which it deserves. Instead, you spent an inordinate amount of space describing what Ms. Wolf looked […]

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Paul McCandless Quintet

Long respected for his work in the group Oregon–where his unexpected oboe, and later his bass clarinet, quickly became that quartet’s most identifiable sound–Paul McCandless has finally put together a working band for his own music. That his own music sometimes echoes Oregon’s will come as no surprise. But McCandless also draws upon the Pat […]

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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros–author of Bad Boys, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, and Woman Hollering Creek and recipient of a Lannan Foundation literary award, a lecture appointment at UC-Berkeley, and two NEA Fellowships–grew up on Mango Street, way up in the northwest corner of Chicago. The House on Mango Street, which earned its author a Before Columbus American […]

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Cheap Ticket

“You’ll never sell it.” My brother’s chuckle sounded too loud in my ear. “Who’d want to go to Cleveland?” That’s all I remember about the conversation, even though I know we talked about things besides the airplane ticket I’d bought before the family get-together shifted to a different weekend. “Of course I can sell it,” […]

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The Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This showcase of avant-garde theater in Chicago is coordinated by Scott Turner, Valerie Turner, Jim Krulish, and John Oartel–with a bow to Salvador Dali, whose use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big) inspired the event’s name. It runs through August 30 at four venues: Latino Chicago Theater Company (the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen); […]

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Randy Sabien

Too many years have passed since Randy Sabien’s violin last lit up Chicago. When Sabien first came on the scene he seemed to merge the two classic schools of jazz violin playing; although he descends more from the gritty boisterousness of Joe Venuti, he stiff brings intimations of Stephane Grappelli’s elegant French precision to his […]

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The First Jetliner

Only one Comet, an aircraft known as the world’s first jet airliner, is still flying. This vintage airplane landed at O’Hare recently, then taxied to the northeast corner of the airport and parked on the spot reserved for Air Force One. Every president since Eisenhower (also the Beatles, popes, kings, generals, and United States cabinet […]

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Government Lies

THE PANAMA DECEPTION *** (A must-see) Directed by Barbara Trent Written by David Kasper Narrated by Elizabeth Montgomery. I wonder how many people under 35 know that one of the most frequent taunts hurled at President Lyndon Baines Johnson during antiwar demonstrations at the height of the Vietnam war was, “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many […]

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Clint Eastwood directs his first and most accomplished western in years from a rather elaborate script by David Webb Peoples (who cowrote Blade Runner). Like Bird, this movie seems at times to equate dark cinematography with artistry (albeit with stunning use of locations in Canada and California and beautifully composed results), and as with White […]