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Gulliver’s Last Travels

GULLIVER’S LAST TRAVELS Organic Theater Company “It’s not the way I remember the book,” I thought watching Lawrence Bommer’s adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels. Most of the people and places here aren’t anything like those I imagined when I read Jonathan Swift’s fictional travelogue. Of course, no two people interpret fiction in the same way. But […]

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Issues of Substance

To the editors: As a participant in the conference and neither woman nor academic I was disappointed to read Deanna Isaac’s “Sex, Porn, and Prostitution” [Our Town, March 12]. More specifically the offhanded manner in which she dismissed any and all issues of substance discussed at the “Speech, Equality and Harm” conference. Instead she chose […]

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Virginia

VIRGINIA Cloud 42 at Live Bait Theater Neither the reclusive Emily Dickinson, nor the crippled Elizabeth Barrett Browning, nor the insane Zelda Fitzgerald has been given the popular attention devoted to such self-destructive women of letters as Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Suicide often appears to be one of the chief distinguishing characteristics of female […]

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No Surprise

To the editors: I disagree strongly with Thom Andersen’s assertion (March 5) that Neil Jordan relies too much on surprise to create interest in The Crying Game. For starters, even a mildly observant moviegoer gets plenty of hints to Dil’s (Jaye Davidson’s) identity. His/her appearance set me to wondering immediately. Then of course one might […]

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Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington earned his nickname from his amorous exploits rather than through any innate animalistic tendencies, but a touch of lycanthropic madness permeates his musical personality as well. Washington worked for years with New Orleans R & B legends like Johnny Adams and Lee Dorsey, gaining a reputation as a fiery session man […]

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Chicago Baroque Ensemble

With the establishment this season of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, the range of our town’s period-instrument chamber scene at last covers the crucial High Baroque era (1700-1750). While Mary Springfels’s Newberry Consort specializes in Medieval and Renaissance literature (thus highlighting the strength of Newberry Library’s music manuscript collection) and Kevin Mason’s Orpheus Band focuses on […]

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Bettie Serveert

Bettie Serveert is a rarity: a rock band of quality from a non-English-speaking country. The Dutch foursome are your standard alternative rock lineup, their shtick similar to many other U.S. outfits: languid, plaintive vocals, background washes of guitars, and cool, sinuous guitar lines up front. (The backing tracks occasionally sound like they’ve been stripped from […]

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The Straight Dope

Since you dealt so thoroughly with gerbil stuffing a few years back, I know you are the man to answer this question. There is a rumor going around about that frozen Stone Age man they found in the glacier between Austria and Italy in September 1991. What I have heard is that scientists found traces […]