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Heroes and Villians/PC Blues

Heroes and Villians There’s a new guy in a white hat in the local papers. His name is Forrest Claypool, and he’s cleaning up Chicago’s parks. There’s also a newly designated black hat, a whole gang of black hats, for that matter. They’re CID, the Park District’s Capital Improvements Division, which one recent Tribune article […]

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We’re All Connected

SHORT CUTS *** (A must-see) Directed by Robert Altman Written by Altman and Frank Barhydt With Anne Archer, Bruce Davison, Robert Downey Jr., Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Lyle Lovett, Andie MacDowell, Frances McDormand, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Chris Penn, Tim Robbins, Annie Ross, Lori Singer, Madeleine Stowe, Lili Taylor, Lily Tomlin, Fred […]

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The Sports Section

The main arteries leading to Bill Veeck Stadium were clogged with traffic before the start of game one of the American League Championship Series. Cars inched their way toward parking lots that were already filled. Ticket holders who had managed to ditch their cars somewhere along the route strutted past the traffic in a way […]

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Ahmad Jamal

The silky dynamics of pianist Ahmad Jamal’s music haven’t really changed throughout his career; parceling space and measuring notes in a way that echoes Count Basie and Miles Davis (whose respect for Jamal’s music led him to name a tune for the pianist), he remains among the foremost jazz minimalists. Although he gained his fame […]

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Spanish Dance in Concert

SPANISH DANCE IN CONCERT Ensemble Espanol at Northeastern Illinois University, October 15 and 16 What makes Spanish dance in general and flamenco in particular so popular is the fact that they’re sexy. The men are usually rail-thin, the women all curves, and their passionate duets steam up the stage. Dame Libby Komaiko, artistic director of […]

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Spot Check

GRIFTERS, 10/23, LOUNGE AX On record this Memphis band weave a somewhat maddening labyrinth of bewildering obscurantism, swaddling their catchy, unpredictable tunes songs with wild splotches of noise, tune fragments, and general confusion. Live, however, it’s another story. Instead of burying their treasure, they inject their hooky, melody-rich rock songs with raunchy Memphis swagger. Hope […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In August Judge Robert Schillberg released shoplifter Leroy Kelley without penalty in Lynnwood, Washington, even though Kelley had pleaded guilty to stealing two packs of Marlboros from a Safeway store. Schillberg had fined Kelley $1, which the judge paid out of his own pocket because he believes “the store is more culpable than […]

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Unfair to Mount Sinai

To the editors: The Mount Sinai administrators, clinicians, trustees, and staff members who opened their hearts and minds to writer Laurie Abraham during her research for “Mama Might Be Better Off Dead” waited eagerly for the book’s publication–and we were not disappointed. Ms. Abraham offers a clear analysis of this nation’s two-tiered health system, one […]

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Read All About It

PERMANENT RECORD Atlas/Axis at the Theatre Building, October 15 and 16 BITE ME!!!!! Denise LaGrassa at Cafe Voltaire, through October 31 Atlas/Axis, a performance duo made up of Ames Hall and Ken Thompson, has created a sleek, polished, clever work whose interesting movement lacks depth–until one sets about studying the very thorough program notes. In […]

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The Cult of Campos

To the editors: As a former member of the “Albizu Campos Admiration Society and Independence Movement” I found Ben Joravsky’s article on the Pedro Albizu Campos Humboldt Park statue interesting but not totally accurate [Neighborhood News, October 1]. Congressman Gutierrez, as alderman of the 26th Ward, had a portion of Division Street named after Campos […]

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The Bug

THE BUG Calumet Stage Productions at Centre East Studio Theatre Richard Strand’s The Bug in its staging at Centre East Studio Theatre has the same corporate setting, high-energy humor, and polished look as the 1992 Victory Gardens production of his Death of Zukasky. Both plays highlight the bunglings of corporate America. Both are fast and […]