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Jimmy Rogers

When people discuss the glory days of postwar blues, names like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James come up more often than names like Jimmy Rogers. But Rogers was here when Muddy was still in Mississippi contemplating his big move north; when Muddy got here Rogers introduced him around town and helped him forge […]

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Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

Just when you thought there was nothing left for talking heads to say about movies, here’s a first-rate visit with many of the best cinematographers in the business–John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Laszlo Kovacs, Conrad Hall, the late Nestor Almendros, Gordon Willis, Haskell Wexler, Vittorio Storaro, and Sven Nykvist, among others–talking with rare insight and perception […]

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Joshua Breakstone

Despite his clever phrasemaking on bebop flag-wavers, despite his vacuum lock grasp of deep swing at medium tempi and his straightforward main stream lyricism–despite all that, your first impression of Joshua Breakstone’s guitar work derives from his tone. In the tradition of Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Raney, and especially Wes Montgomery, he favors a rounded, full, […]

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Opera Notes: roll over Mozart, “Don Giovanni” is news

Amnon Wolman disdains the religious reverence required of modern performances of classical music. It’s around midnight in an Evanston coffee shop, and the Northwestern University professor has just finished rehearsing his upcoming production of Don Giovanni (Revisited), an updating of the Mozart classic with a postmodern, pop-culture-laden spin. “A young DJ recently asked me why […]

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Orpheus Band

A recital by the fledgling Orpheus Band, one of the midwest’s finest early-music ensembles, often offers insights into the creative challenges that confronted musicians of a particular time and place. For example, the focus of the grop’s season opener is Italy in the early 17th century. During this cusp between the Renaissance and Baroque eras, […]

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Coffeehouse Marxism

To the editors: I must write in response to your article about Bill Martin and the Shining Path [January 22]. I personally know pathetically little about this group, but I must object to many of Mr. Martin’s points: (1) To imply that the Khmer Rouge were “quasi-Maoist” Boy Scouts who got overly excited is a […]

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Modern-Jazz Quintet

ZEPHYR DANCE ENSEMBLE at the Weinstein Center for the Performing Arts January 22 and 23 and February 12 and 13 Jazz dance has always been a fluid form, absorbing influences quickly. With its roots in tap and Broadway show dancing, jazz easily incorporated elements of African dance to create the disco-inferno style of Saturday Night […]

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Bizarre and Logical

CONCUSSIVE DIATRIBES and BLACK CAKE Katherine Chronis and Joan Dickinson at Link’s Hall January 22 and 23 Imagine, if you will, a very, very tall woman hanging by her arms from the ceiling. But then you’re not so sure it’s a woman. It could be a mannequin or a very big doll. She’s very still, […]

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Cycle of Brutality

To the editors: Bill Martin, in his defense of Peru’s Shining Path guerrilla movement (“Defender of the Shining Path,” January 22), implies that leftists who oppose Shining Path do so on the grounds that Shining Path “is a Maoist party and people on the left think that’s over with.” There is, however, a more serious […]

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The Straight Dope

Does every fur coat you see represent an animal who lived or died miserably? It’s hard to believe they trap coyotes or foxes, for example, and then leave them to die slowly and painfully. I’ve heard that farm-bred animals such as minks are kept in tiny cages until they are killed for their coats. Is […]

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A Child Is Born

A CHILD IS BORN Organic Theater Company Greenhouse Imagine that you’re standing in the checkout line and you read the following Enquirer headline: “White Woman Raped Nine Times by Black Man. Kills Rapist–But Decides She Wants to Keep His Baby!” Would you pick it up? Of course not. Few people would believe such a story, […]

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Welcome Aprill

To the editors: A part of Lewis Lazare’s January 22 comments on Arnold Aprill’s move is a disservice [The Culture Club]. Writing about Aprill’s involvement with the city school system’s arts programs, Lazare says, ” . . . a more cynical reporter . . . can’t help but wonder if the payoff will compensate for […]

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The City File

“Don’t just turn on the spigot for big city Democrats,” Cook County Clerk David Orr urges the new administration (Chicago Reporter, January). “Chicago has some wonderful community groups who actually know how to do things. Federal dollars need to be tied into these creative ideas.” Hey, I bought one for my gas guzzler! Who says […]