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News of the Weird

Lead Sory Police in Taylorsville, North Carolina, arrested three women for a one-night shoplifting binge on August 13. One woman was charged with smuggling a VCR out of a Western Auto store in the waistband of her shorts, and another was accused of walking out of a different store with 57 packs of cigarettes stuffed […]

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One of 1993’s best productions–and probably its most provocative–Michael Maggio’s staging of David Mamet’s controversial play has grown enormously in sly effectiveness since its opening last September. The main reason is Daniel Mooney’s much-improved performance as a put-upon college professor whose career crashes around him when a student accuses him of being elitist, sexist, and […]

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An Evening in Old Town

AN EVENING IN OLD TOWN at Centre East, Studio B Jim Post did not gain his reputation as the longest-working musician in town by knuckling under to scenic or biological mishaps. So when 40 fans turned out on New Year’s night–traditionally one of the slowest for show business–to see him at the bunkerlike studio at […]

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Reader to Reader

Dear Reader: A dad, a mom, and their young son were crossing Michigan Avenue just south of the light in front of the Tribune Tower. It was the kind of crossing people make every day–jaywalking, technically–as they hurry to beat the traffic. But in this case, the mom and the boy (who was about seven […]

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A Feeling for Human Beings

MICKEY PALLAS at Ehlers Caudill Gallery, through January 29 I can think of few better icons of 1950s America than Mickey Pallas’s 1959 photograph Convertible and Suburban Family. A “perfect” family–husband and wife, boy and girl and dog–sit in a convertible parked in front of their suburban home. The camera is perfectly aligned with the […]

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What sets Scrawl apart is its reductionist approach. The guitar trio builds its songs around a few carefully rendered details rather than a lot of big flashy gestures; even when guitarist Marcy Mays hits air-guitar-worthy metallic chords, Scrawl is mercifully free of egotistical showboating.

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Pay Phone

The Korean woman who ran the little grocery store in the middle of my block wasn’t about to win any popularity contests with her neighbors, even before she had a public telephone installed out front. It was ostensibly a neighborhood store, the neighborhood being Ravenswood Manor, a tiny island of comfortable suburbia surrounded by less […]

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The Sports Section

For the Bears’ last home game of the season–a frigid, icy affair against the Detroit Lions–head coach Dave Wannstedt wore a watch cap tilted across his forehead under his headphones. With its jaunty slant, the cap made him look as if his nickname ought to be “Frenchy,” and silly as it seemed there was something […]

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Conference on the Future of Happiness

CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF HAPPINESS Upright Citizens Brigade “Self-esteem”–a term that meant nothing 100 years ago and may mean nothing in another century–is the late 20th century’s narcissistic sine qua non. How to achieve it is explained by countless new-age psychobabble theories: the idea is to blame the victim, purge guilt by rationalizing crime, […]