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Chicago Jazz Festival

A major event in the history of the Chicago Jazz Festival occurred eight years ago when it commissioned Randy Weston to compose a major work honoring the African sources of jazz. Weston and his arranger-orchestrator Melba Liston came up with African Sunrise, a huge, sprawling composition that the Machito Orchestra played–with guests Dizzy Gillespie, Weston, […]

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Call Us Irresponsible

To the editors: I read the Reader on a weekly basis and am open to all of its ideas whether I agree with them or not. Your feature article on Larry Eyler [July 31] changed my tolerance toward the Reader for the worst. An air of political correctness and sympathy toward Mr. Eyler still leaves […]

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Financial feud: Pat Quinn vs. the Gagerman boys in a long-running fight over currency exchanges

Fifteen years ago a young activist named Pat Quinn began a crusade against currency exchanges. At the time he had no political base, and few people paid any attention. Quinn’s still waging that campaign, only now he’s the state treasurer and people all over Illinois are taking notice. His latest effort, a proposal to cut […]

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The Art of Stage Combat

NIGHT AT THE FIGHTS: A COMBAT SPECTACLE Next Lab and Powertap Productions at the Next Lab In the fall of 1990 a group of theatrical fight coordinators, tired of the perception of their craft as auxiliary, produced Night at the Fights, a series of scenes from classic world theater–Moliere, Shakespeare, and so on–highlighting the techniques […]

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Those Confounding Renoirs

To the editors: Cinematographer Claude Renoir is not the brother of director Jean Renoir as Jonathan Rosenbaum stated in his Critic’s Choice listing of The Golden Coach [August 21]. Claude Renoir’s father, actor Pierre Renoir, and Jean Renoir are brothers–and sons of artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. But Rosenbaum was certainly right in highlighting this film which […]

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Outerfest

Jazz is the music of the young, goes the old cliche; it surely helps to have plenty of stamina and energy for the late-night, sometimes all-night Outerfest shows. But with this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival severely truncated, the mostly free-jazz Outerfest assumes special importance. The music begins sometime after 10:30, when the main festival in […]

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Eliminate the Middleman

To the editors: The author McClory’s interpretation of Willow Creek at first questions the seemingly wholesome establishment, yet ends on an affirmative note, an endorsement [“Superchurch,” August 7]. Another version of this “house of God” should point out the grand illusion Bill Hybels and his co-Christians generate, i.e., the illusion that God indeed can be […]

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A Preliminary Inquiry Into the Methods Used to Create and Maintain a Segregated Society

A PRELIMINARY INQUIRY INTO THE METHODS USED TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN A SEGREGATED SOCIETY Bailiwick Repertory and the Chicago Theatre Company You’re either part of the solution, Eldridge Cleaver said, or part of the problem. A Preliminary Inquiry Into the Methods Used to Create and Maintain a Segregated Society offers a plethora of problems but […]