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Uptown News

To the editors: One source quoted by Michael Miner in his “A Leaner Lerner” piece (March 26) may have left a completely wrong impression on readers. Suellen Long, an Uptown PR agent, complained in the article: “I send press releases to Lerner and they don’t get in. My clients don’t get in.” Later in the […]

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Lillian

LILLIAN Interplay Playwright Lillian Hellman makes a fascinating subject. A successful writer in Hollywood and New York during the 30s and 40s, she had stories to tell about Dorothy Parker, Tullulah Bankhead, and Dashiell Hammett, with whom she lived off and on for 30 years. In 1952, when she was subpoenaed to testify before the […]

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Dark Romance

DARK ROMANCE Firebase Productions at Chicago Filmmakers You’ve heard of experimental theater. I was ready to go beyond that on Saturday night, to burst the boundaries of journalism and do some experimental criticism. So I took a smart drug before the opening of Dark Romance. Thought I could pull a Hunter S. Thompson type of […]

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Madeline Eastman

A San Francisco treat: vocalist Madeline Eastman rides out of the west to make her Chicago debut. She always swings and she can scat well enough; but while that alone would seem the goal for many singers, Eastman’s greater contribution lies in the tough, contemporary edge she brings to her music. Her naturalistic and unsentimental […]

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Death in the Family

Sunday morning, a warm, breezy day, finally. I was in the shower, my wife was playing the Legend of Zelda, at the moment our favorite Nintendo game. Our five-year-old son asked for a turn, but she couldn’t just stop. If she did she’d lose all the hard-earned treasures she’d gathered over weeks of play. The […]

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Margaret (Perching)

MARGARET (PERCHING) Thunder Road Ensemble at Cafe Voltaire Young Margaret Gallagher’s alcoholic mother has decided that her daughter must marry–not only because that is what women in their social circle do but because the Gallaghers are the biggest fish in their small New England pond. Matt, the boy chosen to be the groom, is a […]

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The Sports Section

Ryne Sandberg, rehabilitating a broken wrist suffered in spring training, is hitting baseballs off a tee into a net behind home plate. Mark Grace is standing at the batting cage with his Killer Loop sunglasses perched atop the bill of his cap, in the manner of a Hollywood agent or Moses Malone shooting free throws. […]

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The First

THE FIRST Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre Even the best ball games often provide only a few truly memorable moments. What makes sitting in the ballpark for three hours worthwhile is the fabulous summer weather and the beauty of the white ball sailing over the green field. Similarly, this Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre production of The First features […]

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Symphony II

The midwest chapter of American Women Composers concludes its tenth season with its first-ever orchestral program. The composers featured hail from various backgrounds, reflecting the changing status of women musicians over the past century. Amy Cheney Beach (1867-1944), who cut short her career as a concert pianist to marry a physician, composed prolifically in a […]

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Green on Thursdays

Astrong documentary by Dean Bushala and Deirdre Heaslip about gay bashing in Chicago, alternately terrifying and empowering in its matter-of-fact instructiveness about the extent of the problem and the response of local activists–including the Pink Angels street patrol, the Coalition Against Bashing, and Horizon’s antiviolence counseling and court advocacy program. Following many individual cases of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In a series of contests run by the Wall Street Journal that pit professional stock analysts against Journal employees who pick stocks by throwing darts at company names, the dart throwers trail by only three points–the score stands at 18 to 15. Results of the latest contest, announced March 4, saw the dart […]