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What’s Hot, What’s Not

DANCE EVANSTON ’93 at the Josephine Louis Theatre of Northwestern University, August 15 For a lot of people a lot of the time it’s hard to separate dancing from sexuality. The attention dancers and choreographers give the body is so complete and so loving that even dances explicitly “about” other subjects can take on a […]

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Destructive Criticism

To the editors: Jack Helbig’s recent review of our musical play, How Could Such a Monster Come to Be?, had a strangely dismissive and angry tone that I found offensive and uncalled for [July 9]. “Abysmal,” “loutish,” “dreary”? Come on, Jack. Our past work (whose past work, by the way, Jack? Maestro Subgum and the […]

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The Straight Dope

Every so often I see a car with a license-plate holder that says “Los Angeles” above the plate and “KMA367” below it. The first time I encountered one of these things, I assumed it was a ham radio call sign. Having come across the same thing on dozens of other cars, however, I’ve discarded that […]

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Rock of ages: talkin’ bout two generations

The phenomenal and unexpected success of Eric Clapton’s Unplugged record has instigated a muted revolution in the record industry. The music marketplace is currently saturating with a soporific tide of rock and roll at its most laid back. Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and Rod Stewart, among others, have all mothballed their amps, buffed their acoustic […]

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Classic Stereotypes

To the editors: I am writing to vent a little frustration concerning Harold Henderson’s treatment both of the elderly and of classical music in the City File [August 13]. The elderly listen to more than just classical music, and classical music has a more diverse audience than just the elderly. I’m not sure how the […]

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The City File

“I didn’t really know the problems bicyclists have,” Joliet bicycle policeman Dwayne Killian tells Dave Glowacz in the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation News (July). Typically, a motorist is “getting ready to yell at me and get out of their car, until they see that I’m a policeman.” They “have an attitude about bicyclists that isn’t very […]

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Axehead Lake

A woman of East European heritage is floating out in the middle of Axehead Lake. She’s about five foot six. She weighs about 300 pounds. She’s wearing a string bikini. “Hey, you!” I call. “Get out of that water! There’s no swimming here!” “Not swim,” she tells me when she finally beaches, showing more white […]

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On Lumping and Dumping

To the editors: Thanks to Robert McClory for his thorough article on inclusion (“Out of Exile and Into Oblivion?,” July 16). As someone who has been in special & regular education for over 20 years, I can cite additional information which is of note: McClory cites “a 1992 study by the National Association of State […]

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Hall of 1,000 Bargains

Lorraine Moskal plugs in one of the giant Christmas figurines on the counter of her store. The two-foot-tall caroler, towering over the ceramic animals and music boxes that crowd around his feet, swings into action as “Greensleeves” begins to chime from deep within his bowels. His head moves a little to one side and pauses, […]

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Search for Solutions

To the editors: Bill Martin’s support for the ruthlessly violent, profoundly ideologically rigid Communist Party of Peru is, in my opinion, terribly ill-considered (“Defender of the Shining Path,” January 22). Martin’s claim to have read “practically everything that’s printed in English about Peru and the Shining Path” doesn’t impress me very much. It reminds me […]

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The Fall

Talk of the Fall’s music always seems to center on Mark-E.-Smith-as-lyricist: he writes elliptical, evocative verbiage that expresses his obvious unease with how life has to be lived in postindustrial society. But rather than indulge us with verbally explicit commentary, Smith keeps everything purposefully obscure, mumbling and free-associating his way through a series of driving, […]

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Woman With Balls

BINGO BALLS Donna Jagielski-Miller at Cafe Voltaire, August 18 One has to wonder about the inner workings of Donna Jagielski-Miller’s mind. And one has to marvel at how she could create a performance incorporating dance, slides, audience participation, and household products, focusing on one–and only one–subject: balls. Big blue ones, homemade ones, spiritual ones, the […]

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Everyday Journalism

To the editors: Your front-page “Book Wars” article was disappointing [July 16]. No sign that its writer, Mel Miles, has any particular familiarity with, or interest in, books. The article read like a standard piece of everyday journalism, such as we’ve already seen on the subject in the daily papers. Here’s a novel idea for […]

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Choreographer Daniel Ezralow and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are in many ways a heavenly match: both stylish, both full of sizzle, both entertaining but eager to be more, too. For Ezralow’s new piece, In Praise of Shadows, the stage is stunningly draped and lit; Thom Willems’s score hovers tantalizingly between rock and traditional Indonesian music. […]