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Belly/Radiohead

Bands better and worse than Belly or Radiohead have found themselves in the enviable but still problematic situation of having a reputation and a no little success based on one fluky single. For Belly that single is “Feed the Tree,” an outlandishly confectionary rock concoction that soars and sings. The group is the solo turn […]

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Money for Housing

To the editors: While I appreciated the opportunity to speak with reporter Ben Joravsky concerning his feature in Neighborhood News (“Give us shelter: activists press city with a billion-dollar housing initiative,” September 3), I believe that the resulting story may have left some misimpressions in the minds of your readers. In my judgment the dedication […]

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Uncle Tupelo

Uncle Tupelo plays a convincing New Depression country rock that makes similar attempts, even by worthy competitors like the Jayhawks, seem a little superficial. Dominated by the ragged, road-hardened voices of singers and songwriters Jeff Tweedy and Jay Fararr, the band blasted about punkily for a couple of albums before finding a bleak and nuanced […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A suspect said to be in his 20s escaped after robbing a First American Bank branch in Nashville in August, but not before leaving some of the money behind during the getaway. The teller had given the man a bag of “bait” money containing an explosive device that would coat the money with […]

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Hey Joe

To the editors: My summer camp with the bucks ended with a cut; a broken malt liquor outside my bedroom window. While proper citizens debate “whether Rogers Park . . .” DUH CROWES gather on the nearby corners or doorways driving YUPPIES inside to cringe behind Levolored windows while LIBERALS offer up their children to […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Since the 1950s Chicago’s Union League Club has hosted numerous exhibits emerging artists; this week it turns to Chicago’s old masters. The 18 artists featured in the club’s first invitational show include Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Paul LaMantia, Ruth Duckworth, Don Baum, and Margaret Wharton. The show, at Prince Gallery, 357 W. Erie, opens tonight […]

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American Tragedy

To the editors: Thank you for publishing “Dangerous Enemy Alien” by Kitry Krause [September 3]. It was an excellent article! Superb investigative journalism! It dramatically told the story of the internment of thousands of European Americans by the U.S. government between 1941 and 1948 through the eyes of one victim, Mr. Eberhard Fuhr. Well-written and […]

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The Straight Dope

I drink Mountain Dew and people are always acting like I’m getting an intravenous injection of caffeine each time I drink a can. Does Mountain Dew really contain that much caffeine? For a frame of reference, how much caffeine is contained in a normal cup of coffee? –Dave Jones, Madison, Wisconsin Mountain Dew’s jolt is […]

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The Tale of Cymbeline

One of the bard of Avon’s last works, and short on the rich poetry of its successor The Tempest, The Tale of Cymbeline is second-rank Shakespeare–but in the hands of Shakespeare Repertory it’s first-class entertainment. Revived from several seasons back, the production is stylishly directed by Barbara Gaines, who knows how to have fun with […]

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True Feminists

To the editors: What a great article by Bryan Miller on independent feminists [“Yes Gloria, There Really Are Right-Wing Feminists,” October 1]! I am a feminist and a libertarian, and, like Helen Heyden, I have been active in NOW, the League of Women Voters, and the short-lived MOMMA. I had to quit each group in […]

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The City File

$ = a guy thing. Message from the UIC College of Nursing: “The ‘social stigma’ of male nurses is disappearing as quickly as nurses’ salary levels have risen in recent years.” “It’s obscene that we are considering spending $40,000 a year to house a person in a [supermaximum-security state prison], and we spend less than […]

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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 […]