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John Holloway and Friends

One of the most dexterous and eloquent Baroque violinists of our time, John Holloway has participated in a number of important “historically informed” performances conducted by the likes of Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, and William Christie. For this recital he’ll be joined by four colleagues–Stanley Ritchie (violinist and Indiana University prof), Andrew Manze (concertmaster of […]

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Service Sector

SERVICE SECTOR Theater Oobleck at Curious Theatre Branch To say that we Americans live in a “service economy” has become something of a bitter joke. People complain about spending hours waiting in long lines just to talk to someone who doesn’t know how to help them and resents their asking in the first place. Yet […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A state appeals court in Santa Ana, California, upheld a lower court in December by granting Sheryle Ulyate an increase in child-support payments from $2,000 to $6,000 a month. Ulyate said their 15-year-old daughter’s monthly expenses included $2,000 for clothing, $300 for jewelry, and $1,600 for entertainment. The ex-husband had made a fortune […]

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Master of the Musical

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Apple Tree Theatre “Musicals are popular,” gushes the young hero of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along. “They’re a great way to state important ideas.” In a career as notable for its uncompromising individuality as for its brilliance, Sondheim has been guided by the same principle. While other […]

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Evidence of Wrongdoing

ZOE LEONARD, PHOTOGRAPHS at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, through February 21 Several years ago, when I was traveling through the German Democratic Republic with a group of fellow students, someone in my group was severely reprimanded by officials for taking pictures in an area where such activity was prohibited. I still […]

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We Need Treatment

To the editors: I appreciate Patricia Callahan’s very informative and sensitive account in her article, “Matta’s Story” [October 30]. I am grateful to Matta Kelley Campbell for her openness in sharing the details of her ten years of “using” addictive drugs. I recently heard, in a scientific meeting, that Icelandic women are raised so that […]

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In White America/Uhuru!

IN WHITE AMERICA Stage Left Theatre It’s a good thing I saw Uhuru! two days before seeing In White America. Otherwise I’d be tempted to say African Americans have made distressingly little progress since 1963, when In White America was first produced off-Broadway. It depicts the struggle of the African people in a fiery documentary […]

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

These days percussionist Kahil El’Zabar has more than a full plate: the former president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians as well as a co-instigator of house music, he finds himself scoring films, touring and recording with saxist David Murray, teaching college, and serving on federal arts panels. But he always comes […]

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Go Back to Grad School

To the editors: We saw Warren Leming’s brilliant production of Woyzeck at the Latino Chicago Theater on January 9 and then read J. Hayford’s review of same in the Reader, January 15. Who is this guy? “Mythic essences,” “absurd islands of nonmeaning,” “moral questions,” etc. Back to grad school Mr. Hayford. Next time . . […]

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Larry Coryell

Remarkably, Larry Coryell’s guitar playing still has the spiky, barely controlled energy of his youngest days. Like a hyperactive kid, he almost pushes the music past his fingers, giving his lines a hurry-up urgency; this, along with a melodic imagination beholden to no one, serves as his trademark. We first heard it in Gary Burton’s […]

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Ten Warning Signs of Totalitarianism

To the editors: In lieu of slitting him a new asshole, which is my immediate impulse whenever I read ignorant, facile, crypto-nazi, xenophobic, chauvinistic, machiavellian, proconformist, Reagan-McCarthyite pap, I would like to genteelly respond to Mark Jeffries’s fascist little letter in the December 18 Reader. Well, at first I thought he was a fascist, but […]