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Small Guage Shotgun

With former avant-gardists making rock videos or PBS specials, getting tenure or government grants, independent cinema has become something of an institution. It is not surprising that an alternative alternative cinema has emerged, created mostly by Super-8 filmmakers working with little money or recognition. Few can afford to print their films so they show the […]

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Sheldon B. Smith

SHELDON B. SMITH at Link’s Hall November 6-8 Anyone who titles a work A Political Dance for Michael Jordan to Do has to have an anarchic wit. It’s possible to imagine local hero Jordan as a dancer, but the idea of him as a politically committed dancer is beyond the limits of the imagination. Faced […]

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The Press Adored Her?/Campaign Aids

The Press Adored Her? Newspaper tradition has it that when slumming journalists assail each other in print the show of scorn jumps exponentially if the other party’s not named. Examples abound. Here’s the Sun-Times’s Jay Mariotti fretting that the Bears’ mediocrity has traumatized the city. “Life has been rather demented around here,” he wrote. “How […]

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Concert of Japanese Music

Despite the increasing Japanese presence in the city, the music of Japan is still rarely performed–and, no, I’m not counting the peppy drivel that passes for Japanese music in karaoke bars. This recital, organized by the consulate general of Japan, offers a timely introduction. Featured are five certified virtuosos of traditional instruments: Hozan Yamamoto plays […]

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Bored With Bresson?

To the editors: Does anyone really care about the obscure Robert Bresson films other than Jonathan Rosenbaum? Yeah, Schrader is obsessed as well, but his films are much more complex and interesting and personal than JR’s review would condescend to admit [September 4]. Light Sleeper is one of the finest films about drug addiction ever […]

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Mementos of War

Sang approached me at break time. “Teacher, I have problem. My father, he live in Vietnam. He find four dog tag from U.S. soldier. He find bone too. He keep in box under his house.” “How does he know they’re from American soldiers?” “Sure! He send the letter.” “Where did your father find them?” “He […]

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Do the Schools Need Money?

To the editors: [Re: “The Education Amendment,” October 23] Maybe, from the academic sterility of the Heartland Institute, there is a question whether Chicago schools need more money. People who actually work with local schools, however, see unmet needs every day. North-side elementary schools are overcrowded and schools citywide are behind on repairs. Schools beg […]