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Haymarket Centennial

To the editors: Your article on the Haymarket site and, by extension, on the 1986 Centennial Commemoration [December 10] was inaccurate and misinformed. The commemoration was a series of events organized by hundreds of individuals and organizations. While they included both academics and ultra left anarchists, about whom you decided to focus your story, these […]

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The Straight Dope

Why, on Groundhog Day, if the groundhog sees its shadow, does it mean that there will be six more weeks of winter? Presumably if the weather was nice enough to see a shadow, winter would be over. –Nep Smith, Los Angeles Shoot, a question about Groundhog Day, February 2, and here it is April. I’m […]

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On Stage: from Russia, with pride

For the last 30 years, Alla Sergeyevna Demidova has been one of Russia’s preeminent actresses. She has a round, distinctly Russian face whose almond-shaped gray eyes reflect one minute the elegance and distance befitting a leading lady who has played Gertrude in Hamlet and Renevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, the next minute the warmth and […]

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Library Subversion

Dear sir: Mary Dempsey is certainly not qualified for appointment as the Library Commissioner with only three years’ experience as a librarian [Neighborhood News, February 4]. “Library Commissioner” is the title given since 1977 to the statutory “qualified librarian,” and that is the only appointive authority granted to the Library Board under the Illinois library […]

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The City File

It’s because the editor is an Aries, right? According to the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, quoted in the Saint Louis Journalism Review and then in the Chicago Journalist (March), “The Tribune is the largest daily in the country that runs a horoscope without a disclaimer.” Is a For Sale […]

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Moral Murder Machine

A FEWER GOOD MEN: THE FUROR OVER GAYS & LESBIANS IN THE MILITARY Lifeline Theatre at the Organic Theater Greenhouse Lab “[If] an army could be made up only of lovers and their beloved,” says Phaedrus in Plato’s Symposium, ” . . . such troops although few would conquer pretty well all the world. For […]

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Cigarettes=Genocide

Dear editor: It was with much interest that I read Patrick Griffin’s “Let’s Ban Smoking Outright” [March 18]. My dad smoked cigarettes, cigars, and pipes for many years. He is now down to only smoking a pipe occasionally. Of my father’s offspring three out of the four of us also took up smoking in our […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Steve Reich’s music is so rarely heard in Orchestra Hall that the local premiere of a major orchestral compostion of his is welcome news even if it is belated. Three Movements, commissioned by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1985, represents the New York minimalist at the top of his form, asserting with clarity and […]

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Let’s Ban Tobacco Advertising

Dear sir, I found two very interesting things in this week’s Reader [March 18], the article by Patrick Griffin suggesting that the banning of tobacco could be a good thing and a handout, “Joe’s Place,” very cleverly promoting Camel cigarettes. This combination set me thinking; while the outlawing of tobacco is sure to lead to […]

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Mass Murder II

MASS MURDER II Prop Theatre In 1990 the Prop Theatre produced a collection of monologues written from the point of view of several mass murderers/serial killers. Mass Murder proved that there’s a wealth of material in deranged slaughter and no shortage of audience enthusiasm for it. It played to packed houses for 15 weeks. So […]

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Alejandro Escovedo

A few years ago, beset by everything from the demise of his band the True Believers in a haze of drugs and acrimony to the suicide of his estranged wife, Alejandro Escovedo was unquestionably at a personal and professional nadir. Since then he’s slowly emerged from the gloom. At this year’s SXSW festival, he was […]