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Ken Vandermark Quartet

After you’ve watched the local music scene for a while, you can’t help noticing how the some old people keep rearranging themselves into new lineups, constantly looking for just the right juxtaposition of abilities and styles that will really click. It appears that woodwindist Ken Vandermark has now had some good fortune; his group already […]

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Negativille

To the editors: Critic /’krit.ik/ n. 1: one skilled in judging literary or artistic works. 2: one inclined to find fault.–Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 42ed. Does Bill Wyman like anything at all about the music on which he is supposedly an authority? In all the years that I’ve been reading his column in the paper, I have […]

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Where the Day Takes You

A highly realistic and convincing treatment of homeless runaway teenagers on Hollywood Boulevard, this feature was directed by Marc Rocco, who collaborated on the script with Michael Hitchcock and Kurt Voss. The strong cast includes Dermot Mulroney, Balthazar Getty, Sean Astin, Ricki Lake, James LeGros, and Lara Flynn Boyle as the runaways; an uncredited Kyle […]

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Charles Brown

Pianist Charles Brown, one of the pioneers of the sophisticated, sweet west-coast blues style that emerged during World War II in California, made the smoky, romantic blues ballad–“Black Night,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Driftin’ Blues”–his forte. But dexterous subtleties of technique reveal his early classical training; one of his first public appearances was at a talent […]

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Part of the Problem

To the editors: Your decision to publish “The Return of Larry Eyler” story [July 31] was a very noble and honorable contribution to the local community; and I am sure this is another medal to pin upon your billowed chest of altruistic publishing. However, you fail to see what you are actually, freely, contributing to […]

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The Straight Dope

URANTIANS RANT BACK If your Straight Dope column of July 10 on the Urantia Book is indicative of your ethics as a journalist, one must conclude that your column is named after you. It’s not surprising the word “stupid” came to your mind when you encountered the Urantia Book (if you actually did), for anyone […]

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Going to the Dogs

To the editors: [Re: Neighborhood News, July 17] dog wars in lincoln park is just a pinprick to non-dog owners. with 92 million households in america, and 50 million dogs, it is apparent who loses this war. i live in evanston, where dogs are leashed by law, and forbidden on the beaches. every morning hundreds […]

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The City File

Percentage of Bush and Clinton supporters who showed a “strong” level of commitment to their candidate in a June survey by the Chicago firm Market Facts: 25-30. Percentage of people who showed a “strong” level of commitment to their preferred brand of deodorant: 62 (Harper’s, September). Next: Therapy for Children of Adult Abductees? A California […]

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Bonita Suzanne Hyman

Bonita Hyman’s voice, a lustrous, full-bodied mezzo, can convey both warm radiance or sultry sensuality. Her artistry, too, is easing into full bloom–making her one of the more convincing and versatile actress-singers in town. The Yale-trained vocalist will display her range in this recital sponsored by Columbia College’s Center for Black Music Research. The program […]

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Around the Coyote

Taking its name from the Tower Building at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee–commonly called the “Coyote Building” because it once housed the Coyote Gallery–this multimedia arts event includes a sizable theater and performance component (coordinated this year by Wm. Bullion, director of Sliced Bread Productions) that lays claim to being Chicago’s only entirely […]

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The Box

“Every photo lab has ‘the box,’” he says. “Ours happens to be a drawer, but it’s the same thing.” “The box” is in a back room, halfway down a sterile metal file cabinet. He rolls the drawer open. Inside are photographs–hundreds, thousands of photographs, right side up, upside down, jumbled together, mute but nonetheless eloquent […]