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On Exhibit: the star-studded photgraphs of Greg Gorman

Many people would probably recognize examples of Los Angeles photographer Greg Gorman’s work, some of which is now on exhibit at the Catherine Edelman Gallery. Yet few people–even those who pride themselves on their knowledge of photography–know his name. But they should. Comparisons in art are often treacherous, but occasionally they’re unavoidable. And Gorman’s work […]

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Second City Taste Test

TRUTH, JUSTICE, OR THE AMERICAN WAY Second City WHERE’S YOUR GOD NOW, CHARLIE BROWN? Second City E.T.C. OK, before you decide which, if any, of the relatively new shows at Second City you’d like to attend, take this quick comedy quiz. (1) How do you like your improv-based sketch comedy? (a) Loud, boisterous, and crass, […]

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The Power of the Ancients

THE ANCIENT AMERICAS: ART FROM SACRED LANDSCAPES at the Art Institute MEXICAN, CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN TEXTILES at the Art Institute Among the many masterpieces on view at the Art Institute’s exhibit of pre-Columbian art, “The Ancient Americas,” four are particularly potent examples of this art’s “cosmic,” outward-reaching aspects. At the center of a gold […]

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Women at War

WAC-A-GO-GO (“THE ART OF EMERGENCE”) at HotHouse December 5 WAC women don’t dilute their art. They go straight for the jugular, slicing through the how-do-you-do of polite discourse to say exactly what’s on their minds. Judging from WAC-a-Go-Go, their benefit performance Saturday night at HotHouse, WAC women are warriors–politically, artistically, and socially. The benefit was […]

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Borrowed Car

It was just after 2 AM when Steve Archer was ripped from a deep sleep by the explosive roar of a car gunning through the alley beneath his Wicker Park bedroom window–his deepest sleep, the loudest, fastest car. He bolted out of bed, expecting to see a police chase. Struggling to open the old wooden […]

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The $50-Million Avant-Garde Film

To the editors: I’d like to thank Jonathan Rosenbaum for his refreshingly levelheaded defense of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (“Cornucoppola,” November 27). To the casual filmgoer (or critic)–weaned on bland Hollywood formula, conditioned to being a passive spectator–it’s understandable that such an eclectic film should leave them feeling bewildered. But can’t they appreciate a good joke? […]

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The Straight Dope

If the average body temperature is 98.6 degrees F, why is it that when the air temperature reaches 85 or 90 we feel uncomfortable? –Scott Hadley, Santa Barbara, California One of Cecil’s competitors once wrote that it was because we wore clothes–as though all you had to do to be comfortable in 98-degree heat was […]

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Rules of Reporting

To the editors: As the agent for Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, I would like to advise Lewis Lazare that, contrary to his article, no theater in Chicago has “an inside track” to producing the play in Chicago [The Culture Club, November 13]. It amazes me that although I was said to have […]

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The City File

“As one wanders through the armory, it becomes progressively more difficult to tell where the original structure ends and the installed art begins,” writes Richard Solomon on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s current show, “Art at the Armory: Occupied Territory,” which runs through January 22. “The stencils on the handrails that spell out ‘do not […]