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Art Lovers

We want to hear about your favorite fantasies involving celebrities–actors, actresses, musicians, athletes, our Pets. Tell us who they are and what they do in that wide realm of your unrestrained imagination. Send your wildest fantasies to “Celebrity Fantasy,” Penthouse, 1965 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023-5965. I was walking down Michigan Avenue last week when […]

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Sonny Sharrock

The rawboned joy of Sonny Sharrock’s guitar stands almost alone in modern music: most jazz players don’t find room for Sharrock’s galvanic, reverberated tonal energy, while most rockers can’t approach either the creativity or the complexity of his melodic sense. By the early 70s, Sharrock’s slashing, sometimes anarchic forays had made him a sort of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Among the births recorded in July: a son to fifth-grade teacher Janice Burke of Mesa, Arizona, delivered on the floor of her classroom shortly after the beginning of a math test; a daughter to Jennifer Zandarski, delivered in a jail cell in Saint Joseph, Michigan, after she was arrested for allegedly stabbing her […]

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The Wild Swans

THE WILD SWANS Griffin Theatre Company The enchantment of a fairy tale, and especially a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is its tensile simplicity: much of what’s left out–subplots and subtext, motivation and (often) morality, prologues and epilogues–is gone for good reason. These would clutter the magic of the evil spells and the good deeds. […]

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Chicago Stepan Wolpe Festival

Stefan Wolpe was a guiding force of the prewar German avant-garde. In the 20s he belonged to the Berlin Novembergruppe, an arts collective named after the month in which the German monarchy was overthrown and dedicated to advancing radical views of art and artists. Other members included artists Paul Klee, George Grosz, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy […]

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Seduction of the Gods

CLASSICAL DANCE OF INDIA Leela Raja and Pasumarthy Vithal at Ravinia Festival, September 3 MANIPURI NARTANALAYA Jhaveri Sisters Dance Group at Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, September 4 It should come as no surprise that a country as large as India, with its many regional cultures, has a rich and varied dance heritage, each region […]

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The Big Funk

THE BIG FUNK Strawdog Theatre Company All right, so what’s wrong with this fuckin’ society anyway? Why are we the only animals who clothe not only our bodies but our feelings? Why do we live in an age in which people seem to be divided into victimizers and victimized? And just what the hell’s so […]

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Social Climbing

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE Directed by Martin Scorsese Written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese With Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Stuart Wilson, Miriam Margolyes, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt, and Norman Lloyd. Martin Scorsese clearly intends The Age of Innocence—his close adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel about wealthy New York society in the […]

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The Joy Luck Club

A wonderful tearjerker about four young Chinese American women in San Francisco (Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, Tamilyn Tomita, and Ming-Na Wen) and their Chinese immigrant mothers (Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, and France Nuyen). Adapted from Amy Tan’s best-selling novel by the author and Ron Bass, and directed by Wayne Wang, it is a […]

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The Straight Dope

Since you seem to know everything, just what is “tantric sex,” anyway? –Tina S., Montreal Cecil has been studying deeply on this question, as is only fitting. His reference sources include many learned texts on Eastern religions plus, naturally, Cosmopolitan magazine, always your best bet for the quick ‘n’ dirty lowdown (complete with instructions) on […]

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Jim Bailey

Every singer has to pay attention to myriad details–from vocal technique and band arrangements to between-song chitchat, from gesture and deportment to costumes and cosmetics. These concerns are of special importance to Jim Bailey, who for some 25 years has made a career of impersonating the likes of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Peggy Lee. […]

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What’s the Problem?

To the editors: I find my eyebrows raising a bit when I read the reports in your publication about the presumed decline of Rogers Park. First there was a letter to the editor (July 23), and now the report in Neighborhood News (August 20). The theme seems to be that Rogers Park has gone to […]

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The City File

Singers’ press releases we were afraid to finish: “With a voice as wide as the barrel of a .357 Magnum…” A time to worry. Dialogue between a fair-housing “tester” for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities and an Evergreen Park landlord (Leadership Council News, Summer): “After being asked her nationality…the white tester told the […]