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New Music

To the editors: I belong to a quiet fraternity which holds that the serious music of our time is as important as the concert music of the baroque, classical, and romantic periods, which together constitute almost the entire standard repertoire of our mainstream musical establishments. Compared to those earlier periods, as much music of the […]

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Right Ho, Jeeves

RIGHT HO, JEEVES City Lit Theater Company at the Chicago Cultural Center “We shall soon have Christmas down our throats,” P.G. Wodehouse once said. In that merry but wary spirit, City Lit Theater Company has turned to the British humorist for a holiday entertainment not overly bedecked with boughs of holly. Right Ho, Jeeves is […]

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Phair Comment

To the editors: Mr. Wyman, you are a piece of work. In your November 19 [Hitsville] reminiscence of the Liz Phair Metro show you describe “Casey Rice matter-of-factly tuning Phair’s guitar as she chatted with the crowd” as a highlight of the concert! Gee, I recall seeing the Who in 1980 and not once did […]

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How Are the Kids?

A 1990 collection of six fictional shorts, made in diverse corners of the globe and addressing the international rights of children, here having its U.S. premiere. It’s an uneven package, but the filmmakers include the team of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville, the late Lino Brocka, and Euzhan Palcy (A Dry White Season). The jewel […]

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Sly Fox

SLY FOX Bowen Park Theatre Company at Synergy Center Larry Gelbart’s cynicism ill suits the holiday spirit–and thank God. Sly Fox, a wicked 1976 updating of Ben Jonson’s wry masterpiece Volpone, is a sharp tonic in the season of schmaltz. Chock-full of bawdy irreverence, nasty double crosses, and justifiable misanthropy, it’s a sort of curmudgeon’s […]

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Keep Camper

To the editors: Chris Miller’s letter (October 29, “Happy Camper”) of criticism of Fred Camper’s reviews of painting and sculpture reminds me a little of an old Scottish story about a silent person attending a ball game. Two opposing ball teams, each representing a different religious group, were playing. Each team’s supporters were loud and […]

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A Real Man

MUSIC FOR THE TOOTH FILING CEREMONY Jeff Abell at Randolph Street Gallery, November 19 and 20 Most drag personas, it seems, go to one of two extremes: they either exoticize and idealize feminine beauty, or they mock the patriarchy, the women who feed into it, or both. But drag personas are also like DNA: unique, […]

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The Straight Dope

THE CANADIANS HAVE A WORD FOR IT Readers may recall our discussion last year of the plight of the bovine mammal–you know, the one that goes “moo”–for which there is no gender-neutral word. You got your cows (girl bovine mammals), you got your bulls (boy bovine mammals), you got your cattle (plural you-know-whats), but no […]