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Ain’t Misbehavin’

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Apple Tree Theatre Company If you dislike this musical you probably also hate sunsets, babies, spring, and Christmas. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is Richard Maltby Jr.’s easy-loving tribute to Thomas “Fats” Waller, the cherubic–at 285 pounds–songwriter and performer. Fats lavished his infectious smile, superb stride-piano technique, and cute quips (like his signature line, “One never […]

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Missed Opportunities

ART AT THE ARMORY: OCCUPIED TERRITORY at the Chicago Avenue National Guard Armory At a time when many arts organizations are facing budget cuts and scaling down operations, the Museum of Contemporary Art is making plans to move up in the art world. The MCA heralds its planned sparkling new facility in tony Streeterville as […]

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Take a Look at Jesus

To the editors: I enjoyed “My Lunch With God” by Mike Ervin in the August 28 issue. As someone who’s made a number of similar requests, I easily identified with Mr. Ervin. I’m no theologian, but I have come across a few things recently that may answer some of the questions Mr. Ervin raises. First […]

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The Arabian Nights

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS Lookingglass Theatre Company at Chicago Filmmakers There’s an old Arabic saying about The Arabian Nights, a collection of 300 Indian, Persian, and Arabic stories assembled over a period of 11 centuries: it is so entertaining yet so vast that no one can read all of it without dying of pleasure. Sadly, most […]

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Purring Along at WFMT

To the editors: While I have the greatest respect for my colleague Studs Terkel, I disagree with his assessment that “WFMT is now a wounded cat, limping along” and that “it will never again leap as high as it once did” [Letters, September 18]. News Flash . . . The cat lives! It does not […]

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The Straight Dope

How much is “all the tea in China” worth? And why are so many people not willing to do things for it? –Charlie, Palm Beach via Madison, Wisconsin What do you mean, what is it worth? Who cares what it’s worth? The impressive commodity here isn’t supposed to be the money, it’s the awesome acreage […]

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Carmen Bradford

Vocalist Carmen Bradford cites her nine-year tenure with the Count Basie Orchestra as the glittering jewel of her resume, but to my ears that doesn’t give an accurate portrayal of her talents. As a jazz singer she’s got a silken-smooth way with a ballad and driving power on up-tempo swingers like Ella Fitzgerald’s “Rough Ridin’,” […]

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Racism on the 90s

To the editors: I was amazed at the almost cavalier media observations of Mr. Michael Miner [Hot Type] in your September 11 issue (vol. 21, no. 49) about racism in the Filipino American community. A racist story was told in an issue of a Filipino American publication. When Mr. Rey Lopez, a Filipino American, protested […]

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The City File

“If a mother’s physical presence makes children happy, then the most contented people in the world should be 50-year-olds,” writes Marcia Loy in Today’s Chicago Woman (September). “Their mothers were home. That’s my generation and I don’t believe we’re particularly happy or well-adjusted. My daughter’s generation grew up with many working mothers and an absurdly […]

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Distasteful News

To the editors: I found your obituary on Eddie Lusk [Hitsville, September 18] quite distasteful. When does the public’s “right to know” include the most private details of a person’s life/death? I believe those details which were printed regarding his death are an intrusion on his family’s privacy. Eddie’s talents and extensive musical credits were […]