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Xmas Is for Kids

To the editors: I was pleased with Patrick Griffin’s reflections on Christmas (“The True Meaning of Xmas,” December 17, 1993). I am a Christian who has despised the holiday for years, though in recent times I have made peace with Yuletide by ignoring it, and allowing my wife to take care of the shopping and […]

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Dawn Toddy

A little more than a month ago, the much ballyhooed improvisational theater troupe Ed opened their late-night run at the Famous Door Theatre with one of the most dreary and depressing fully improvised shows–about a theater having trouble attracting an audience–I’d ever seen. So imagine my surprise when, last Friday night, I saw the same […]

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Jazz Philosophy

To the editors: As a cultural worker who prefers to labor quietly at the task of jazz promotion, it is not often I choose to enter the often fractious arena of jazz philosophy. The exchange between Mark Ruffin and Neil Tesser [Letters, November 12 and 26] however provides an occasion to contribute my perspective in […]

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X-Music

Establishment concert presenters and music educators may despair over the lack of enthusiasm for serious music among the under-30 set, but the truth is that Generation Xers have found their own outlets, such as the HotHouse and Green Mill. And contrary to opinion in certain quarters, composers in their 20s are putting out interesting stuff […]

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Tatsu Aoki

The announcement of an unaccompanied solo jazz bass performance could conceivably empty a room even of jazz fans; the mere concept underlies at least three pretty good jokes I’ve heard in recent months. The instrument doesn’t promise enough variety and range for the solo format, and too many bassists have met the problem by resorting […]

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Bingo

BINGO Single Action Theatre Company at Greenview Arts Center Art has very practical consequences. Most “cultural appreciation” ignores this and is no more relevant than a game of “Bingo,” and less honest.–Edward Bond British playwright Edward Bond is a rigid, humorless ideologue. Though William Shakespeare wrote plays more powerful than life, Bond naively expects the […]

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Careful

The third feature of the wild and weird Guy Maddin, the brilliant independent Canadian filmmaker (Tales From the Gimli Hospital, Archangel) based in Winnipeg whose poker-faced period extravaganzas all suggest early, scratchy talkies. This 1992 film is his first in color, but that means various subdued pastels in some spots, lush tinting of black-and-white footage […]

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Momenta

Ruth St. Denis, a beautiful young woman born Ruthie Denis in New Jersey in 1878–the “St.” was a later affectation–found her thematic inspiration in 1904 when she chanced upon a poster for Turkish cigarettes featuring a picture of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Her choreography thereafter was based largely upon mythological and mystical subjects and rituals, […]

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Natural Goodness

To the editors: As the maker of Horizon organic milk and yogurt and a longtime supplier to both Whole Foods and Fresh Fields, I want to compliment you on Dennis Rodkin’s wonderful article on the opening of these two chains in Chicago [October 22]. It is simply the best I’ve ever read on the new […]

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The City File

The city’s blue-bag recycling program is bad news because it’s too easy? “We think the [City of Chicago] blue bag program is a step backward for recycling,” Rod Meshenberg of the Resource Center tells David Cohen in Compass (December), newsletter of the Chicago Audubon Society. “Source separation [instead would] let participants get in the habit […]