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Financial Planning

To the editors: The election being over, it now seems open season on Carol Moseley Braun. Michael Miner joins the pack already loosed by the Sun-Times and the Tribune [Hot Type, November 13]. The Tribune, in commenting on the Braun endorsement interview, later described the candidate as woefully lacking comprehension of the issues. This from […]

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Scary Stuff

To the editors: [Re: Hitsville] For industry spectators bored with such games as deciding whether Mariah is a more histrionic banshee than Whitney, or whether Madonna crotch-grabs a more impressive handful than Michael, I offer an up-to-the-minute Music Critic Pop Quiz. Can you name all four famous entities that Bill Wyman, in recent columns, characterized […]

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Rate the Critics

To the editors: Re: Bill Wyman’s “editorial” about the state of Chicago’s rock critics [Hitsville, November 6]: here’s my assessment: Greg Kot: nerd boy Jim Derowhatever: fat boy Dave Hoekstra: old boy Bill Wyman: barely boy Jae-Ha Kim: rock ‘n’ roll god. The end. Frank Stephens N. Avondale

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Ministry

This concert, in the 9,000-seat UIC pavilion, is a major show of force by the local purveyors of hellish guitar noise and crushing rhythms, coming on the heels of their celebrated performances in the number-two spot of this summer’s Lollapalooza festival. Ministry is a two-man industrial-metal studio operation that goes on the road with a […]

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The “L” Word

The “L” WORD Transient Theatre In his pair of one-act comedies, Antigone Lost and Reginald and Victoria Go Bungee Jumping in the Valley of the Bedouins (which the Transient Theatre collects under the title “The ‘L’ Word”), playwright Doug Reed explores, albeit a bit clumsily, a very rich comic subject: What happens when writers confuse […]

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Johnny Christian

Vocalist Johnny Christian has been a Chicago mainstay since the 1950s–first in gospel, later in blues and R & B–and for a while in the 70s he was appearing at clubs and show lounges throughout the northern midwest as well as in Chicago. These days he stays closer to home, where his expressive vocals and […]

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Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma is probably the most distinctive celebrity cellist since Pablo Casals. Looking owlishly intellectual like the Harvard grad he is, and possessing a most unusual name, Ma’s an impresario’s delight who fortunately lives up to the hype. He’s got impeccable technique, keen intelligence, and an appreciation for musical history. When he plays, his unwavering […]

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Daugherty & Field

The compulsively contrapuntal mavens of medley–the droll, slightly bitchy pianist-arranger Robin Field and his younger, cockier Irish-tenor partner Bill “I Don’t Do Keyboards” Daugherty–are back for a limited engagement with their ever-expanding collection of classic songs and original novelty items. What these two do with a tune or two–make that two dozen, or is it […]

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Julius Caesar

JULIUS CAESAR Next Theatre The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins / Remorse from power. –Brutus, Act II, Julius Caesar Because Julius Caesar is easily Shakespeare’s most political history play, it’s right that director Dexter Bullard has made the characters very, very public figures. Seldom leaving the stage, wearing tuxedos or evening gowns, the […]

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South Suburban Theater Festival

All the world’s a stage–even the world south of the city, where six professional, semiprofessional, and nonprofessional performing groups have banded together to request the attention of area audiences. This first-ever effort of its kind, conceived and coordinated by Michael Sean McCarthy, features 10 different productions in repertory through November 29, with shows Tuesdays-Saturdays at […]