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The City File

From the mouths of directors: “My work as a director has taught me the ultimate skill of juggling a dozen and a half balls at once while trying to balance two dozen and a half hats on my head” (memo from the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs). Next: the Shakespeare and Plasma Physics Building? Governors […]

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Only the Lonely

CABIN FEVER Ellen Fisher at Gallery 2, September 24 and 25 Ellen Fisher’s performance at Gallery 2, Cabin Fever, communicates a weird loneliness. Fisher, who’s been performing since the mid-70s–I first saw her at N.A.M.E. in 1977–has always been an intense, silent performer who allows her body, costumes, audio, and sets to reveal her ideas […]

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What’s Not Allowed

DANIEL LEPKOFF at Link’s Hall, September 24-26 I started to wonder about the cliche “the language of dance” as I watched an Asian family in front of me at Daniel Lepkoff’s postmodern dance concert at Link’s Hall. If I went to a concert of South Asian dance I’m sure I’d be mystified, but I might […]

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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 […]