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Reader to Reader

Dear Reader: I work at the Spertus Museum of Judaica, on Michigan Avenue between Harrison and Balbo. We’re next to Columbia College and across from Grant Park. A few weeks ago at work three of my coworkers and I went across the street to Grant Park during lunchtime to play Frisbee. The tulips had just […]

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Art Works: dripping with meaning

At first the exhibit looks like it could have been produced by any old painter. We’re given some biographical information about the artist, S.Y. Kochelev. We’re told that this is the first time the legendary Russian painter of socialist realism has shown in Chicago. You pause to study the work–idealized renderings of peasant life in […]

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Black Comedy

BLACK COMEDY Full Moon Revivals at the Beat Kitchen The new theater company Full Moon Revivals states its mission as “mounting unique, rarely produced masterpieces of contemporary theatre.” The piece it’s chosen for its debut, Black Comedy, hardly qualifies as a masterpiece. But this cleverly contrived bit of 60s fluff is indeed rarely produced. Its […]

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Heroic Larceny

To the editors: Your Michael Miner (“Mad About Mariotti”) should wake up and stop kissing that phoney baloney Royko’s ass [Hot Type, June 25]. Talk about journalistic thievery. In the November 9, 1992, number of the New Yorker, in the “Department of Modest Proposals,” writer Jonathan Rubenstein suggested that the government ship all American prisoners […]

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The Sports Section

As a spectator sport, baseball is a game that exists in the creases between plays, something I couldn’t help noticing as I returned to it following the Bulls’ long playoff run. Sure, there’s the impression Cal Ripken makes with the fluid way he fields a grounder and throws to first. Yet baseball comes to life […]