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Domestic Policy

To the editors: I was happy to see Mike Miner make a clean breast of his own guilt in incidences related to Zoe Baird’s (and now Kimba Wood’s) Nannygate, in his Hot Type column of January 29. The real issue, however, isn’t compliance or noncompliance with employee tax law, it’s wages–an issue which the upper-middle-class […]

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Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Even though–or maybe because–it is the best musical bargain in town, the Civic Orchestra has fallen on fiscal hard times. After supplying instrumentalists to orchestras the world over for decades, the training arm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra must now fend for itself. A campaign is underway to build an endowment fund, and marketing ploys […]

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Lively on the Left

To the editors: Thank you for your article on the revolutionary war in Peru (“Defender of the Shining Path,” January 22). Isn’t it great that not everyone on the planet embraces the slash-and-grab of American-style capitalism? Back in the early 60s, the Vietnamese guerrillas were demonized in the mainstream media–just like the Shining Path are […]

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Eleventh Dream Day

EDD’s broad-shouldered bashing gets more and more elegant with each passing release. The new El Moodio, the group’s first album with Wink O’Bannon serving as Rick Rizzo’s partner in guitar crime, further finesses the sound into a cacophonous, ringing exemplar of slashing rock ‘n’ roll, midwestern division. The band’s now playing with enormous authority: I […]

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Elvin Jones Jazz Machine

The Eveready rabbit has nothing on Elvin Jones: creator of a swirling, hyperkinetic percussion style as demanding mentally as it is physically, he’s still going as if his 65th birthday were a far-off report instead of a recent echo (last September, actually). One way to trace the history of jazz drumming involves tracking the beat, […]

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War of Survival

To the editors: Bill Martin must have had a good laugh reading those ridiculous letters by Paul Wack and Benjamin Rayner [February 5]. The latter even began his by admitting his pathetic lack of knowledge about anything he was writing about, but that didn’t stop him from embarrassing himself with some idiotic remarks about Southeast […]

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Etch, He Said

Tony Fitzpatrick lumbers through the subdivided confines of his new Dime Museum, occasionally stopping to bum a cigarette or write up another sale. Alert and poised as usual, he’s duded up and in the mood to celebrate. It’s a “private opening” in early February, sort of an informal dress rehearsal for the museum’s official public […]

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Field & Street

After months of effort, Bill Valentine and I have finally finalized a final report on the nesting birds of Somme Woods, 1992. I had the help of a computer, but Bill compiled his part by paging through a stack of spiral-bound notebooks and rearranging three months’ worth of sightings into a species-by-species account, using no […]

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Fashion Statements: ready for the worst

We discovered Jim and Sue Gill braving the line for Passion Fish. Their outfits–two sets of prerumpled weekendwear–were rigged for a long evening slouched in folding chairs. Though everything seemed foursquare and shipshape, our Fashion Explorers, ever curious, ever cautious, scouted around to chart the territory. Both outfits might have been poached from wardrobe at […]

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Trends of Bill

MAD DOG AND GLORY ** (Worth seeing) Directed by John McNaughton Written by Richard Price With Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Uma Thurman, David Caruso, Mike Starr, Tom Towles, and Kathy Baker. As far as the mainstream is concerned, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are beacons of artistic integrity and originality, while Harold Ramis […]

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Fortinbras

FORTINBRAS Interplay It takes nerve to write a sequel to an immortal classic: generally speaking, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Rushing in where angels fear to tread, Lee Blessing (author of Eleemosynary, Independence, and A Walk in the Woods) has written Fortinbras, a play that refuses to admit that “the rest is silence.” […]