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Travesties of Justice

To the editors: I read your article on the so-called “justice” that goes on at 26th and California [“Halls of Justice,” January 8]. As a relative of someone recently killed, I know firsthand that there is no consideration for the victims of a crime, much less their survivors. Case in point: Three days after the […]

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Birthrite

BIRTHRITE Thunder Road Ensemble at Angel Island Judging from their name and the music they’ve chosen to open Daniel S. Taube’s Birthrite, it seems fair to assume that Thunder Road Ensemble count Bruce Springsteen among their influences. Nothing wrong with that. The Boss’s best songs are brilliant mini-dramas peopled with great characters–two-bit hustlers, con artists, […]

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We and Jenny Jones

We were out of work, Lewie and me. Lewie is a housepainter and it was his slow season. I’m a househusband, slinging diapers daily. Lewie, my wife’s brother, usually lives with his girlfriend on the south side, but he was staying with us until he finished painting our bedroom. He’d been at our place for […]

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The Hothouse

THE HOTHOUSE European Repertory Company at Shattered Globe Theatre Harold Pinter wrote The Hothouse in 1958 but set it aside until 1979, when he reread it and decided it was “worth presenting on the stage,” as he writes in the introduction to the play. Today it’s still worth it, and not just because it exposes […]

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Lineup

My friend Agatha has a message for women everywhere: if your electricity shuts down in the middle of the night, stay in and light a candle. Agatha was raped in her laundry room–and later in her own bedroom–by a man who tampered with her apartment’s fuse box. She hopes to identify him in a lineup […]

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Phair Comment

To the editors: Since when have self-imposed “sassy” North Shore debutantes become the vogue in the tragically hip new north-side music enclave [Hitsville, January 29]? Perhaps we have reached the ugly day when originality and creativity have been subordinated to mimicry and self-indulgence, but I never thought that the Reader would be heralding that new […]

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Rembrandt Chamber Players

The members of the Rembrandt Chamber Players had been performing on an ad hoc basis for years before deciding to start a concert series in 1990, which has been a boon to chamber music aficionados. Because of the Rembrandt’s unusual instrumental configuration–flute (Sandra Morgan), violin (Sharon Polifrone), oboe (Robert Morgan), cello (Barbara Haffner), keyboard (David […]

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Moye/Barefield/Wilkerson Trio

Unwieldy though it may be, the name of this trio tells the whole tale. In fact, it suggests context, likely themes, and a welter of plot possibilities for those already familiar with the individual work of percussionist Famoudou Don Moye, guitarist Spencer Barefield, and reedman Edward Wilkerson. All share a gratifyingly inclusive approach to modern […]

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The Sports Section

The All-Star break almost two-thirds of the way through the National Basketball Association’s regular season couldn’t have come soon enough for the Bulls, who have approached this entire “three-peat” thing as the most odious of tasks. It’s been as if they meant to twiddle their thumbs until the break passed and it became time to […]