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The Scientologists’ Method

To the editors: Harold Henderson’s article on the Church of Scientology vs CAN (Cult Awareness Network) [October 16] is disappointing in that it fails to shed light on what Scientology fanaticism is all about and deceptive in that it does not accurately disclose what Scientology courses really cost. Fortunately for the Chicago area, there is […]

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A Forthright Republican

To the editors: In the October 23 Reader, in the discussion on the Education Amendment, you quote Judy Topinka, Republican from North Riverside, as saying, “Giving kids a bad education is the next best thing to killing them outright.” I assume she means that the best thing would be killing them outright. I do not […]

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The Woman Who Kept Getting Stuck

Lauri Macklin’s dances have always played nip and tuck with narrative. The dances tell stories, but Macklin creates dance images that only obliquely relate to them. In Macklin and Blair Thomas’s 1990 work The Boto, about a mythical porpoise man, six people dance under a 40-by-40-foot sheet of clear pstic, while electric fans make it […]

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Oobleck Objects Again

To the editors: So Bush’s big issue in the campaign now is that Clinton’s a baddie for protesting the Vietnam war, for not supporting our boys. Jesus Christ. Ever get the sinking feeling that you must fight every battle twice? That we are all subject to a kind of institutionalized amnesia that makes all progress […]

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Spirit in the Sky

WINGS Goodman Studio Theatre Either death is a state of nothingness and utter unconsciousness, or . . . there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. –from Plato’s Symposium “What she described was a world of fragments,” writes Arthur Kopit in the introduction to his play Wings, speaking of […]

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Gary Lucas

Considering how much has been done by now with the rock guitar, I’m amazed to hear somebody doing something with it that doesn’t make me want to vomit or fall asleep. But New York-based guitar virtuoso Gary Lucas has a new CD out, Gods and Monsters, with an impressive cast of musicians’ musicians–drummers Keith LeBlanc […]

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Ballet Chicago

Believe it or not, ballet is finally a homegrown form in Chicago: if you haven’t seen Ballet Chicago in the last two years, you haven’t seen how they’re shaping a unique repertory highlighting works by artistic director Daniel Duell and resident choreographer Gordon Peirce Schmidt. This weekend’s performances feature two of Duell’s works: the pas […]

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Buddy Scott & the Rib Tips

Buddy Scott is a modern Chicago blues institution: born in Mississippi in 1935, he moved here with his family and nine brothers in the early 40s, and the Scotts have been mainstays on the scene ever since. Buddy credits both his mother and Chicago guitarist Reggie Boyd for teaching him guitar; his style is straight-ahead […]

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The Straight Dope

Currently 13 is considered to be an unlucky number. However, I am told it used to be–and in some earth-worshiping, i.e., pagan, religions still is–a lucky and magical number. Consequently there were 13 months and 13 zodiac signs (the Gemini twins had separate identities). Knowing how Christianity and other god-as-a-man-based religions were prone to say […]

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Is the Pope Catholicism?

To the editors: So Bill Wyman considers the Catholic Church a “moneyed international cult” that deliberately impedes “social progress of the most basic sort” [Hitsville, October 23]. Well, that’s his opinion and he’s entitled to it. However, since it also sounds like a deadpan plot summary for a new Oliver Stone movie, I have to […]

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The City File

“Like a bunch of vampires sentenced to serve in a chamber of eternal light, Chicago aldermen seldom stir, speak or even shout,” writes Paul Green in Illinois Issues (October) on the death of Chicago politics in the Daley II era. Things we have to apologize for. Five photo-based pieces at UIC’s New Works Gallery deal […]