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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 […]

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Advice for Radio Junkies

To the editors: You have been publishing some good stuff lately in the Reader. I am always pleased to read David Futrelle’s book review articles. His latest, “The Politics of Pornography” (December 10), continues his consistently high standard of criticism and penetrating social observation. Michael Miner’s reporting on the upheaval at WBEZ radio [Hot Type, […]

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Incivility at ‘BEZ

To the editors: I am writing in response to David Whiteis’s defense of the violence of the blues. In his letter December 17, he said rather eloquently that “only by passing bravely through the darkness can we hope to apprehend the light.” I agree. Life is a torment, our urges can be violent, and through […]

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Field & Street

When Betsy Otto went to work for Openlands Project in 1990, one of the first things she was asked to do was testify at a Chicago City Council meeting about a dispute over the building of high rises along the lakefront. Protecting the Lake Michigan shoreline is routine stuff for urban conservation organizations like Openlands, […]

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Something to Say

PICTURED FROM RIGHT TO LEFT Off Your Center at Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center of Northwestern University, January 6-8; repeating at Link’s Hall, January 14 and 15 Acting on the precepts of such famous postmodernists as Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and Merce Cunningham, young choreographers since them have often used dance to explore dance itself. […]

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Butchery at ‘BEZ

To the editors: Losing Stuart Rosenberg [Hot Type, November 26] is just the first cut in the wholesale butchery that is about to take place at WBEZ. After January 1 they are axing Studio A, Afternoon Forum, New Dimensions, Soundprint, and Horizons, The Folk Sampler, and Sing Out Song Bag. To protest this devastation in […]

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Huun-Huur-Tu

Just over a year ago, on one of last winter’s most bitterly cold nights, Huun-Huur-Tu made its Chicago debut. With the aid of ethnomusicoligist Ted Levin the strange folk ensemble from Tuva, a small region in southern Siberia just north of Mongolia from where they originally descended, offered a fascinating exposition of Khoomei (throat singing), […]