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Who Killed Quona

Dear editor: After reading Todd Savage’s very depressing “Requiem for a Teenage Cross-Dresser” [May 20], I really have to wonder what he and the Reader had in mind by publishing such a downbeat story. Quona Clark’s road to destruction has been duplicated many thousands of times across the country. To be sure, there are some […]

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The Straight Dope

MORE COMPLAINTS In reference to your May 13 column about blowing on coffee to cool it: You blow on coffee to cool it not because your breath is cooler than the coffee but rather to induce convection cooling. Your blowing on it removes the hot air from directly above the coffee and replaces it with […]

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Number 2: DownTime Miss

Dr. Madlow is under the impression that I have been using the cloister complex as a means of controlling my environment and that I could stand to exercise more of an effort to share myself with the outside world if there is to be any real headway. Cloister complex my ass. Madlow is perfectly one-sided […]

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The City File

Who’s in charge here? The suburban-based Pediatrics reports that toddlers get hurt in car accidents much more often than infants do: “Only 12 percent of 4-year-olds are in car seats at the time of a crash as compared to 78 percent of infants.” Not all the neighborhood news is bad. The Woodstock Institute compared 1988-’92 […]

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Dressing Room Divas; Camp Killspree

DRESSING ROOM DIVAS Carr’s Halsted Street Cabaret Check your egos at the door, Quincy Jones reportedly told the famous singers on his record “We Are the World.” Playwrights Sal Emmino and Dane Hall refrain from making such an impossible demand on the characters in their hilarious, raunchy camp comedy Dressing Room Divas. Rather, their celebrity […]

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Manfredo Fest & Chizil

The music of Brazil–from the street sambas and bossa nova heard in the 1958 film Black Orpheus on up through the tropicalismo style of the 60s and 70s and the samba-reggaes and other assorted hybrids of recent years–has always captivated a certain percentage of U.S. listeners. But from a continent away, we Brazil nuts get […]

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Cobra Verde

Recast from a previous incarnation as Death of Samantha, a seminal, strangely compelling Cleveland rock band that put out four records during the last half of the 80s, Cobra Verde arrive as veterans of their town’s newly reinvigorated scene. Named after a Werner Herzog film and led by precocious John Petkovic, an overwrought frontman with […]

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Du Page Opera Theatre

The 1916 Prague production of Leos Janacek’s third opera, Jenufa, put the Czech composer on the musical map and turned him into a national hero at the age of 62. It’s easy to see why: the tragedy of misdirected love between stepdaughter and stepmother unfolds in a style best described as peasant realism, which contrasted […]

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Fly High Run Far

A beautiful and powerful spiritual epic from South Korea (1991), directed by Im Kwon-taek–Korea’s most famous and popular film director, whose filmography runs to 80-odd titles–from an ambitious script by Kim Yong-ok. Covering roughly four decades from the 1860s through the 1890s, the film charts the growth and eventual stamping out of Kae Byok (from […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

This portrait of Stephanie Radciejewski is part of a photo show called “Faces of Ukrainian Village, Portrait: 2100 West Iowa Street, Chicago,”Reader contributor Yael Routtenberg’s vision of her neighborhood. It’s up at Bite, 1039 N. Western, a new cafe adjoining the Empty Bottle, through July. There’s a free opening reception Saturday from 1 to 4 […]