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News of the Weird

Lead Story The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in June on the local “Silent Meeting Club,” which consists of several people who gather at various spots around town and make a point of not speaking to each other. Founder John Hudak said he was inspired by his observation that people often feel obligated to talk when they […]

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The Filmdome

After years of stagnation and neglect pure improvisational comedy has over the last two years made a startling comeback. Suddenly the scene is filled with bright, young, creative, and committed improvisors who are willing to break the rules and take the form places it has never been before. Performing in groups with names like Ed, […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Betsy Nimock’s Women and Waste is part of a new exhibit of works that combine traditional fibers and processes with contemporary subjects. “Stretching Our Roots” will be on display at the Textile Arts Centre, 916 W. Diversey, through October 17. Hours are 12 to 5 Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 5 Saturday; call 929-5655 for […]

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No Attitude

To the editors: Just recently I read Robert McClory’s August 7 cover piece on the “Superchurch” (Willow Creek) and wanted to compliment you and him on a good job. I attended Willow Creek with a friend about a year ago and found it just as McClory described it. So many articles about the place are […]

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The Straight Dope

I am currently reading a book entitled The Lost Books of the Bible. Being interested in Bible history, I thought it might be an interesting diversion, but I was not prepared for what I found. It claims that when Jesus was young, he killed a couple of boys and a schoolmaster because they displeased him. […]

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Muse Abuse

LIGHT SLEEPER ** (Worth seeing) Directed and written by Paul Schrader With Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany, David Clennon, Mary Beth Hurt, Victor Garber, Jane Adams, Paul Jabara, and Robert Cicchini. The French New Wave of the 60s offers many examples of film critics of some substance who became filmmakers–among them Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc […]

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What’s a Family

DEFINE: FAMILY at Woman Made Gallery It never ceases to amaze me how group shows around a common theme turn out to be so diverse. Woman Made Gallery/Studio/Cafe, a lively new north-side spot, invited 15 artists to exhibit works on their ideas of family–and like families themselves, their interpretations vary incredibly. In fact the common […]

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The City File

Homo ignoramus. In preparing for its new energy exhibit (opening October 24), the Chicago Academy of Sciences surveyed 388 Illinoisans, ages 9 to 70. According to its newsletter Newscast (Summer/Fall), “When asked to numerically order items involved in the production of electricity from coal, fewer than 25 percent created an appropriate chain from the sun […]

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Looney Tunes Hall of Fame

A highly distinguished and immensely enjoyable selection of 13 Warner Brothers cartoons made between 1948 and 1956, 9 of them by Chuck Jones. Leading off the program is Lumberjack Rabbit (1953), the only Warners cartoon in 3-D, and more a curiosity than a classic. The eyepoppers include two masterpieces of the same year, the modernist […]

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Astrid Hadad

When Pat Buchanan rants about building a big fence along the Mexican border, it’s people like Astrid Hadad he wants to keep out. In her cabaret concert Heavy Nopal, which means “Heavy Cactus,” the Mexican Lebanese singer-actress offers a prickly, postmodern reworking of traditional folk ballad archetypes of women as sultry spitfires and martyred madonnas. […]