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Waiting for Transcendence

DANCE AFRICA/CHICAGO 1993 at the Medinah Temple, October 8-10 Conversation without speaking is an ideal that’s perhaps realizable only in dance. What’s called “body language”–catching and sending little clues amid a welter of talk–isn’t the same at all. No, I mean a way of communicating so direct, complete, and passionate that all that can be […]

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Why Dis Chris?

To the editors: Re: Bill Wyman Critic’s Choice on Chris Isaak (August 27) Jeez, what’d the guy do, kick your dog? If there were any “facts” regarding worth, importance, even success in rock ‘n’ roll rather than just opinions, which of course there are not, but which you seem to have forgotten, I’d say you […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh may be the busiest musician in town. A longtime member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra–which he joined in 1977 right out of the Julliard School–he often guest solos with other ensembles in town and pursues a side career as a chamber recitalist, most notably with the Chicago Pro Musica, the Grammy-winning […]

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Tyrone Davis

Vocalist Tyrone Davis has taken great pains to deny that he’s a blues singer, but ask most of his fans what they think of him and odds are they’ll call him one of the best bluesmen in the business today. Davis spins his tales of love and infidelity–usually with a moral attached, always with a […]

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Political Slur

To the editors: I enjoyed the roundtable discussion entitled “Right-Wing Feminists” [October 1]. However, I found the title misleading. Two of the three people involved said they were libertarians and their statements backed that up. Only one was a conservative. So why smear all three with the label “right wing”? Mary Peterson W. Ainslie

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Dark of the Moon

DARK OF THE MOON Chi-Town Revelers at Puszh Studios Though Dark of the Moon, written by Howard Richardson and William Berney, won the Maxwell Anderson Award in its 1942 premiere, Richardson struggled for years before he could find a Broadway producer. The Theatre Guild considered it briefly but chose instead a musical adapted from a […]

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Dear Master/Nothing to Hide

DEAR MASTER Writers’ Theatre-Chicago at Books on Vernon The title of Dear Master, a richly wrought “dialogue in letters” adapted by Dorothy Bryant from the correspondence of Gustave Flaubert and George Sand, is a quote taken not, as some might assume, from the woman but from the man: Flaubert valued Sand as a mentor as […]

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Detour

DETOUR at the Theatre Building, October 8-10 In the past decade American dance and performance have taken on a very aggressive edge. Fueled by the politics of the Reagan-Bush era, the spread of AIDS, and a bloodcurdling anger over NEA censorship, performers of every ilk have been making art that questions, challenges, and confronts everything […]

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Family Dancing: Stories by David Leavitt

FAMILY DANCING: STORIES BY DAVID LEAVITT Cloud 42 at Chicago Filmmakers Family Dancing, David Leavitt’s first collection of short stories, describes a world of car crashes, cancers, alienation, guilty trysts, subtle betrayals, and spaceships; but it’s not soap opera. What Leavitt describes, in stunning detail and with a touch of tender wistfulness, is the middle-class […]

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The Panic in Rogers Park

To the editors: In recent weeks we’ve seen an exchange of letters regarding the crisis in Rogers Park. As I write, my thoughts are drowned by the sounds of my “new” neighbors’ cacophony. Young men menacing each other morning to midnight to a monotonous racket of rap and random outbursts of dementia, shrieking young females, […]

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Field & Street

Eight years ago I wrote a story about the Cook County Forest Preserve District for Chicago magazine. The story was, overall, considerably less than complimentary. I applauded the district for buying as much land as it could. Almost 11 percent of the land area of Cook County is forest preserve. If every county in Illinois […]