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Stonewall at City Hall

Dear Reader: Your article in Neighborhood News, July 15, on the lack of care for trees by the city of Chicago, despite Mayor Daley’s highly publicized tree planting program, was right on target. The attitude that you point out of City Hall slamming the door on concerned citizens’ faces is rampant. My brother Bob and […]

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Ass Ponys

With their frequent gig cancellations–usually blamed on good old laryngitis–Cincinnati’s Ass Ponys are a perfect example of a band not really giving a fuck. About success, that is–they invest plenty in their music, both emotionally and creatively. Their slightly rotund, average-guy looks and their music’s superficially good-timey flavor belie the subtle intelligence and craft at […]

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Bill Direen

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Bill Direen is a controversial figure in New Zealand’s musical underground: he helped originate it, but he’s also stood well apart from it. Members of key bands like Tall Dwarfs, the Bats, the Renderers, and the Terminals have passed through his group, the Builders (aka the Bilders, Bilderine, and Die Bilder). The early Builders, […]

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Advice for the Lovelorn

Dear Letters to the Editor: “A man’s life is a series of trials that women often figure in,” Hot Type columnist Michael Miner notes, musing on the O.J. Simpson case, and on the amorous wreckage of his own past, after the Kyprian’s gaze had fallen upon him, and led a much younger incarnation to wander […]

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In the Boom Boom Room

IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM Thunder Road Ensemble at Live Bait Theater To the Thunder Road Ensemble: Please do not read this review. You have achieved nothing short of a miracle in turning David Rabe’s 1974 three-act dinosaur, In the Boom Boom Room, into a soaring evening of theater. The delicate balance of satire, lyricism, […]

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The Naughty Professor

To the editors: It was with sorrow bordering on despair that I read Hot Type in the Chicago Reader of June 24, 1994–sorrow, because Northwestern University has a reputation as one of the country’s great universities, and despair, because if Northwestern is not willing to stand up for the First Amendment and academic freedom, then […]

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Rosanne Cash

Born to country royalty, Rosanne Cash spent the first part of her career singing the songs she was told to by her country star-producer husband, Rodney Crowell, and wound up on the country charts for a decade. Much of that work (codified on the scrumptious best-of, Hits 1979-1989) was impressive, but it wasn’t the full […]

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The Straight Dope

THE LAST WORD ON CIRCUMCISION Cecil continues to get denunciations from opponents of routine infant circumcision (January 28, March 25) who feel that if you’re not adamantly against this procedure you’re in favor of it. Cecil despairs of making any headway against this attitude, but will say yet again that in his view, and so […]

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Don’t Cha Know!

Don’t Cha Know!, at Cafe Voltaire. Unfortunately for David Parris, I’ve relinquished my habit of giving any production the benefit of the doubt. I suppose if I looked very hard I could find something encouraging to say about his one-man show, but trying to find the gold in this piece of dross is just a […]

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An Opportunist With Ovaries

Dear editor: I am offended and appalled that authors Futrelle and Tanenbaum [“Reading: The Feminine Mistake,” July 22] would waste their time reading, reviewing, and discussing Georgette Mosbacher’s so-called self-help book, Feminine Force. First, I have heard her speak–this spring at a women’s business owner’s luncheon. She was a bomb (actually more like a boob, […]

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The City File

Dessert? Well, since we’re moving to Detroit next week, I’ll have the triple hot fudge sundae. Attorney Sharlene McEvoy, in the Chicago-based Human Rights (Summer), laments the lack of laws against fat bias: “Congress could amend the ADA [Americans With Disabilities Act] to specifically include obesity as a disability. This would set an example for […]