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The whole confusing melange that is English dance music–including styles like acid house, techno, ambient, hardcore, underground, and many more–has blossomed so dramatically in the past few years that its original source, Chicago house music, is long gone from the sound. But none of the niche diggers and supposed innovators I’ve heard comes close to […]

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Reader to Reader

Two of us had been waiting with increasing impatience for an elevator on the 15th floor of an older downtown building. When it finally arrived, a bicycle messenger burst out. We stepped into the empty elevator and were taken up rather than down, as someone had punched the button for the 18th (and top) floor. […]

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Coming Out Under Fire

One of the most interesting and effective aspects of this prizewinning new documentary by Arthur Dong about gay men and lesbians in the military during World War II is the fact that it’s in black and white. Among other things, this puts contemporary interviews and archival footage on an equal footing, so they seem continuous […]

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Ode to Joffre

To the editor: I was very much impressed with the article written by Ben Joravsky in regard to Joffre Stewart [Neighborhood News, July 8]. I knew Joffre many years ago and he was always a very honest and a very peaceful person. I think your newspaper is entitled to great credit for publishing that article. […]

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The Sports Section

Coach Walt Hriniak urged Frank Thomas to homer on the last of a series of pitches during batting practice last Saturday. “Wherever it’s pitched,” he said, meaning to right if outside and to left if inside. The ball came in low and over the plate and Thomas pounced on it. There was not only the […]

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Public Enmity

To the Editors: While I certainly like to see Joe Klein of Newsweek taken to task for his continuous attacks on blacks, Bill Wyman left out a few facts that weaken his own argument [Hitsville, July 15]. I’m sure that Wyman knows that Chuck D of Public Enemy stated in one of his songs that […]

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Tribute to Red Rodney

Red Rodney, who died this spring, became a great trumpet player twice. He first achieved jazz personage when Charlie Parker hired him in 1949, and then again in the 1970s, when he returned to jazz after a long hiatus and proceeded to play rings around his best work of a quarter-century earlier. His relationship with […]

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Spot Check

OLIVER LAKE 8/5, BELMONT HOTEL The supple-toned alto saxophonist from New York meets the Chicago rhythm section of bassist Harrison Bankhead, drummer Dushon Mosley, and pianist Ari Brown (the last better known as the saxophonist in the Ritual Trio). Lake, perhaps best known for his charter membership in the World Saxophone Quartet, is a spellbinding […]

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Theater of Guilt

ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING Remains Theatre and the Blue Rider Theatre at the Blue Rider Theatre In his controversial essay “The Theatre of Guilt,” first published in American Theatre in March 1992, New Republic critic Robert Brustein rails against art playing second fiddle to the playwright’s, director’s, or theater company’s desire to advance–or, worse, hide […]

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Real Rockabilly

I liked writer Rick Reger’s preview on the Bodeco show at Lounge Ax [Section 3, July 22]. It seems, though, that he thinks most rockabilly shows these days are fakes. I don’t agree. Most people playing this music around here are way past college age, have been into the music for years, and wear their […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In May the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court decision dismissing Richard Overton’s $10,000 1991 lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch for false advertising. Overton had said he suffered physical and mental injury as well as emotional distress because the implicit promises in the company’s advertisements, especially of success with women, were not fulfilled when […]

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Sign and Cinema

*** IN THE LAND OF THE DEAF (A must-see) Directed by Nicolas Philibert. Nicolas Philibert’s beautiful, illuminating, and energizing documentary, Le pays des sourds (“In the Land of the Deaf”), playing Saturdays and Sundays in August at the Film Center, implicitly reflects on three different kinds of language: (1) the different languages spoken in movies, […]