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Bachelor Party

They came alone. They came in pairs. They came in small groups. And they came by the carload. College students. Local celebrities. Artists. Professional athletes. Businessmen, a few of them shady. Suited up and dressed down. All told, the choicest selection of black men in the city strutted by me one by one. But for […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story During a six-week period in March and April three naked men were involved in public incidents in Indiana. One man set a fire in a Michigan City outlet store; another pumped gasoline at a Lebanon station; and yet another, claiming to be a pizza deliverer, roamed an Indianapolis apartment complex (injuring his groin […]

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Real Country

BOB WOODRUFF WHISKEY RIVER, MAY 14 DAVID BALL WHISKEY RIVER, MAY 21 Last month’s television broadcast of the Academy of Country Music awards reeked of what it was–a Dick Clark production. It also shed light on which artists get in and which ones get left out of the commercial country-music sweepstakes. In an interview that […]

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Bleacher Bums

BLEACHER BUMS Candlelight’s Forum Theatre Confession #1: I was brought up a White Sox fan, trained from a very early age to despise the Cubs. Confession #2: After old Comiskey Park was demolished and replaced by One Magnificent Mall, I became infatuated with Wrigley Field, and my animosity for the Cubs turned to grudging acceptance. […]

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Barbra Boutique

It was a good thing, explained Deborah Gibson, sales associate at the new Barbra Boutique, that the design people came last week to spruce up the shelves. Because since Barbra “got rid of her laryngitis or whatever it was she had and came out of hiding,” demand for items in the Marshall Field’s boutique had […]

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It’s a Guy Thing

Surely Rick Telander deserves as much derision as one can heap upon him. If you’ve ever read one of his pompous, overblown articles in Sports Illustrated, or seen that silly Sportswriters show you know what I mean. Del Crustaceans indeed! However, Hitsville [May 20] earned its own Quincy with the stupid statement that “Cobain had […]

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The Straight Dope

The 50th anniversary of D day leads me to ask a timely question. Many American men began smoking while serving in the armed forces in World War II. The Red Cross even distributed free cigarettes to the troops. Most of these men became addicted to cigarettes, smoked throughout their lives, and now many have died […]

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A Mouthful of Birds; Baring Tristan

A MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS Stone Soup Theatre Company at the Neo-Futurarium BARING TRISTAN Nomenil at Cafe Voltaire A young mother, commanded by disembodied voices, drowns her baby and then announces the deed to her shocked husband. An acupuncturist struggles with alcoholism. A lesbian hermaphrodite commits suicide after being declared legally male. A West Indian medium […]

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Bill’s Bitchin’

Dear Reader: I was a little puzzled by Bill Wyman’s review [Hitsville, May 20] of my article on Kurt Cobain, suicide, and sport that appeared in the May 15 issue of the Chicago Tribune. While I welcome intelligent debate on any subject, I am curious as to what got Wyman so bitchy about a 900-word […]

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Dance Divas

CRYSTAL WATERS STORYTELLER (MERCURY) JULIET ROBERTS NATURAL THING (REPRISE) CE CE PENISTON THOUGHT ‘YA KNEW (A&M) Although the dance-music boom (aka the disco revival) of the late 80s and early 90s is over, dance music is alive and well. Artists with commanding voices are releasing diverse and often superb full-length CDs, and several labels have […]