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Rock Food

To the editors: Frank Youngwerth’s letter in the September 17 Reader describes rock as an institution, but the best, most immediate cutting-edge sounds almost always appear courtesy of institutions. Mr. Youngwerth must realize rock and roll spawned from the earlier styles of music considered institutions by 1950s rebellious teens. As always big business exploited the […]

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Jury Theory

To the editors: [Re: “Tell It to the Jury,” September 10] About the fully informed jury–I, too, got started with the sort of information you got from the amendment advocates, when I, too, got in trouble with a law I believed was bad, and had to hear the judge tell the jury that they were […]

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Composers in Residence

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, October 7 and 8 CHICAGO COMPOSERS’ CONSORTIUM Three Arts Club, November 3 The post of composer-in-residence is tantamount to a seal of approval from the establishment, an honor that confers on its recipient a sinecure, plenty of publicity, and usually time off from teaching chores. At the city’s two major […]

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Spot Check

SEA & CAKE, 11/13, LOUNGE AX A new band led by former Shrimp Boat singer/guitarist Sam Prekop, Sea & Cake isolates Prekop’s soulful leanings and affinity for soft and lazy slinking rhythms, wrapping them in a spare but warm glow. On the band’s forthcoming debut album the fat-sounding but leanly structured percussion of former Bastro […]

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The Master and Margarita

THE MASTER AND MARGARITA Chicago Actors Ensemble Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita is considered the satirist’s definitive work, though he was still polishing it up at the time of his death, in 1940. This novel is filled with mighty oppositions–the writer against the state, Jesus against Pilate, and the devil, a stand-in for Stalin, […]

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The Curse of the Pharaohs

THE CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS Interplay The curse of the pharaohs is directed against all who seek to glorify themselves by excavating the tombs of the ancient Egyptian rulers. And being cursed with bad luck and oblivion may apply not only to tomb robbers and Egyptologists but to artistic excavators. It does seem as though […]

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Tour de Farce

Two’s company and a crowd in Tour de Farce, Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik’s comedy spoofing both the sensationalistic excesses of the media and the lengths to which actors and playwrights will go to get a laugh. A pair of performers, one woman and one man, essay five roles each in this door-slamming bedroom farce […]

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Pretty/Ugly

AMANDA MILLER AND THE PRETTY UGLY DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College, November 5 and 6 Amanda Miller’s dances are pretty/ugly. Her phrases are clear and fresh, her transitions neat, her allusions to ballet clever, and her dancers often give the choreography a pretty balletic finish. On the other hand, sometimes the […]