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A Cast of One

SOMEBODY ELSE’S HOUSE at Goodman Studio Theatre “‘You were a bird in a former life,’ a fortune-teller told me. ‘What about this time around?’ I cried.” So speaks the unnamed protagonist of “A Trace of Panic,” one of the vignettes in monologuist David Cale’s new show Somebody Else’s House. Trying to figure out whose life […]

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Apostrophe Yes

To the editors: Let me get this straight: Jonathan Rosenbaum’s main complaint about Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence is that the opening title reads “New York City, the 1870’s” instead of “New York City, the 1870s”? [“Social Climbing,” September 17]. Will someone please inform Mr. Rosenbaum that English grammar did not come to us […]

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Eddie Johnson

The 72-year-old Eddie Johnson is no museum piece, but his music does belong to a previous time–the Swing Era, when such legends as Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young made the tenor saxophone the most exciting instrument in jazz. The swing tenor style treats the horn less as an external instrument than as a natural extension […]

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Our Vibrant Industry

To the editors: Congratulations to David Moberg, Marc PoKempner, and the Reader for cutting through the haze of postindustrial rhetoric to discover the vibrant reality of productive industry and labor in a city which used to take pride in its broad shoulders [“Making It,” September 10]. If the only idea our leaders can come up […]

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Field & Street

If you are a hawk moth you pollinate an eastern prairie fringed orchid on a soft, warm night in early July by hovering in front of it and inserting your long proboscis past the sexual organs of the flower and deep into the long spur that hangs from the rear of the blossom. A pool […]

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Corcoran’s Clout

To the editors: In Ben Joravsky’s article re: Tom Corcoran (September 17) Mr. Corcoran refers to my community and says I’m ignoring Afro-Americans. He implies my community is exclusively white. It is not. It is Afro-American, Hispanic, Asian, and White. It is middle class and it is poor. Mr. Corcoran does not know me. I […]

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Chicago Latino Film Festival

The ninth annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, continues from Friday, October 1, through Thursday, October 7. Film and video screenings will be held at Pipers Alley, 1608 N. Wells; at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; at the University of Chicago’s Noyes Hall, 1212 […]

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David’s Redhaired Death/Crazy Little Thing

DAVID’S REDHAIRED DEATH Bailiwick Repertory There’s a common but fallacious assumption that two concurrent events must be somehow connected. In Sherry Kramer’s extraordinary David’s Redhaired Death, Jean receives the news of her beloved brother’s death at virtually the same moment that she consummates her obsessive romance with the enchanting Marilyn, so the two events are […]

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Lillian

In last spring’s Interplay production of Lillian, a one-woman show based on Lillian Hellman’s autobiographical writings, playwright William Luce and performer Caitlin Hart not only did justice to Hellman, they captured something essential about her story telling. At the start of the play Lillian admonishes us, “The tales of former children are not to be […]

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Making Faces

MAKING FACES Ed Paschke at Phyllis Kind Gallery, through October 5 One morning this summer I caught sight of my very first wrinkle in the bathroom mirror. A crease parallel to my right eyebrow, not more than an inch long, it withstood even a vigorous pHisoDerm massage. I rinsed the area and leaned forward to […]

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The Puerto Rican statue flap: Who was Pedro Albizu Campos and why is he unfit for public property?

Nearly two months have passed since the Park District board voted to keep a statue of Puerto Rican nationalist Pedro Albizu Campos from being erected in Humboldt Park, but the case just won’t die. In mid-September several Puerto Rican activists filed a suit asking that the Park District be overruled. Alderman Billy Ocasio has introduced […]

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Pansy Division

Jon Ginoli’s first band with the Outnumbered, a Champaign-based power pop quartet that favored the crisp guitar lines, keening, melodic vocals, and unflappable backbeat beloved of such aggregations across the country. The band never really got know outside the midwest, but left one fairly winning LP, Why Are All the Good People Going Crazy, on […]