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Death of a History

THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD Chicago Actors Ensemble at Preston Bradley Community Center Suzan-Lori Parks’s The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World is far from a traditional play. A fragmented work composed of themes, variations, and repetitions, its structure is reminiscent of a […]

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The Straight Dope

Not one of the burning issues of the day, but something I’ve wondered about on occasion at your fancy restaurants. Why do master chefs wear those tall white hats? Something so silly must have a logical reason for being. –John Rawls, Atlanta When you get into these how-did-that-get-started things, John, you realize the formula works […]

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Fashion Statements: the divided elf

We met Christina Eason stationed outside the Cozy Cloud Cottage on the fifth floor of Marshall Field’s downtown store, where the wait to whisper in Santa’s ear had ebbed to 30 minutes. Her sparkle-spangled suit caroled seasonal high spirits, though the rolled-up sleeves and cuffs conceded to the temporary, and corporate (one size fits most), […]

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Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick is a lethal fun-rock foursome who improbably sold millions of records in the late 70s, flirted with anonymity in the early 80s, had a string of hit singles in the late 80s, and now, after the major flop of the album Busted, find they need to pull something out of a hat to […]

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The City File

Obviously, the ladybug would be better off with a hand puppet of you. Among the gifts at One Touch of Nature, Ltd., on North Clark: “Ladybug hand puppet has five working legs (your fingers) and one that just goes along for the ride.” Dept. of cutting professional metaphors. The Chicago-based American College of Surgeons’ Bulletin […]

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In Print: Ben Hecht’s beginnings in journalism

“The most beautiful-looking book I have ever seen was my own 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, designed and illustrated by [Herman] Rosse,” wrote Ben Hecht in the characteristic hyperbole of his autobiography. “True,” he continued, “it contained some hundred and five typographical errors, including the printing of whole paragraphs upside down, but it was nonetheless a […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Like Karlheinz Stockhausen and other European avant-gardists, the noted Italian composer Luciano Berio has extended the postmodernist search for new sounds by experimenting with the seating arrangement for an orchestra. His latest effort in this direction is Continuo, which was commissioned in 1989 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its centennial but is only now […]

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This Is H. Ross Perot

Establishing shot of James Stockdale in thongs, sunglasses, and baggy American-flag swim trunks, waddling up to a deck chair at poolside with a tall drink of something in a frosty glass: as he lowers his bulk onto the chair, FADE UP RHYTHM TRACK, a steady medium-tempo rap beat similar to Hammer’s “This Is the Way […]