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Ed Wood

A charming black-and-white fantasy by Tim Burton about the late Edward D. Wood Jr., a writer-director-actor at the lowest reaches of 50s Z-budget filmmaking, recently accorded cult pantheon status by virtue of his eccentric personality (he was a straight transvestite) and his very personal form of ineptness. Suggested by Rudolph Grey’s oral history Nightmare of […]

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Environmental Disaster

Dear Editor: In the course of my activities since 1981 as a Sierra Club volunteer, I have met Harold Henderson on several occasions and past Reader articles by Henderson demonstrate that he has a deep understanding of a number of environmental problems. I was surprised, then, to see Henderson at least apparently endorse fundamentally flawed […]

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Mats Gustafsson

Thirty-year-old Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson is a striking free-improviser obsessed with the sound of his instrument and the power it’s capable of unleashing. Greatly influenced by brawny German sax uebermensch Peter Brotzmann, Gustafsson channels his power into gorgeously finessed machinations. When he’s blowing full on, his tone cuts through any setting like a scythe, a […]

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Rose Gets It Wrong

To the editors: Re: Don Rose’s Around the Coyote Restaurant Tour [September 9]. First of all, most of the “review” is little more than menu reporting, which we can all figure out ourselves, but when he does recommend or slam, for the most part he gets it wrong. Buona Fortuna has been one of my […]

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Bourgeois Melodrama

SWAN LAKE American Ballet Theatre at the Auditorium Theatre, September 27-October 2 Ballet has always had its superstars–its Baryshnikovs and Pavlovas, its Petipas and Balanchines. Somewhere in the hype, the ballets themselves get lost. American Ballet Theatre’s presentation of its stock version of Swan Lake is a good opportunity to look just at the dance […]

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Hamlet

HAMLET, Folio Theatre Company. There’s only one thing worse than bad Shakespeare, and that’s merely adequate Shakespeare. At least a crappy production has pompous performances, absurd costumes, and ridiculous accents, which may not inspire deep thought but can stimulate convulsive giggle fits. When Shakespeare isn’t brilliantly awful or awfully brilliant, he’s usually just plain dull. […]

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Feed Me

BEYOND THE FRIDGE Lisa Kotin at Chicago Filmmakers, September 23 and 24 “How do you ever expect to catch a man with all that mime going on?” a father says to his mime-besotted teenage daughter in one of the vignettes within Lisa Kotin’s skillful, funny one-woman show Beyond the Fridge. Following this accusation/musing/indictment, Kotin first […]

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Get Someone Hipper

Dear Editor: Hey, is this Don Rose guy nuts or what [“Restaurant Tours: dining Around the Coyote,” September 9]? We’ve been going to Buona Fortuna for years since it opened and we’ve never been disappointed. My wife and I moved to the (oooh, should I even have this part printed in the Reader?) suburbs two […]

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Cinephiles

My local Teen Movie Panel is hanging out on the sidewalk across from the Irving Park Y: six or seven of the neighborhood’s finest 14-year-olds, all attired in the latest superbaggy prison garb, baseball caps skewed to the proper semiotic angle. A couple of the boys are loudly and heartily throwing culturally intricate insults at […]