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Addicted to Life

ANGELS IN AMERICA Part I: Millennium Approaches Part II: Perestroika Royal George Theatre Center Steven M.L. Aronson: Is there anything you’re still afraid of, aside from the things we’re all afraid of like death? Roy Cohn: I’m not even afraid of that. The above exchange was published in Interview magazine in September of 1981. Five […]

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I Call That a Crisis

To the Editor: Harold Henderson’s article about environmentalism, “The Manufactured Crisis” [September 16], and your description of it on the top of the first page, “Environmentalism’s Big Lie,” were apparently written by Rush Limbaugh and James Watt. Henderson writes there are “problems, not an all-pervasive crisis.” Unresolved problems tend to create crises, and right now […]

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

On their amazing new album Orange (Matador) the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have their pomo mojo working. While Spencer ultimately failed at merging noise, a “fuck you” attitude, and riffs swiped from the Stones in his old band, Pussy Galore, his new combo with drummer Russell Simins and second guitarist Judah Bauer has gone on […]

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C’est la Vie, Mon Cheri

Though macho actioners and goofy comedies have dominated the Hong Kong cinema for more than a decade, the women’s picture–a favorite genre in the 50s and 60s–is waging a strong comeback. C’est la Vie, Mon Cheri updates a 1960 weepie classic. It’s trendy among Asian producers these days to put French titles on the versions […]

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Poor Little Rich Kids

I wish you’d spent more time in your article on Wicker Park [“The Panic in Wicker Park,” August 26] about the fact that many (if not all) of the antidevelopment people in that area are displaced white North Shore poor little rich kids who got their hands on a Kinko’s Copy Card and are now […]

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The Sports Section

(With this column Ted Cox returns to the Sports Section. Three and a half years ago, Cox was forced to curtail his free-lance writing, and his close friend Alan Boomer took up the column in his stead. Cox now finds himself in a new situation, and Boomer has graciously agreed to step aside. Both trust […]

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Number 5: Family Secrets

“You are frighteningly predictable, do you know that about yourself? I read about you in the chapter ‘Inverted Sadists.’” “Thank you. Really? I read about you in the chapter ‘Repressed Hostility.’” “Repressed? Oh, please.” Lucy stands at the kitchen sink looking at a coffee stain that won’t come out by itself. “Where’s the Ajax I […]

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Spot Check

MEAT PUPPETS 10/14, VIC While their most recent album, the Paul Leary-produced Too High to Die (London), evinces some creative stasis, the Meat Puppets always cook live. The trademark nasal harmonies between Curt and Cris Kirkwood, the former’s ZZ Top-in-space guitar odysseys and druggy impressionistic lyrics, and the band’s delightfully stiff two-beat romps, smoldering boogies, […]

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Cops ‘n’ neighbors: community policing in Beverly-Morgan Park

Eighteen months ago, the 22nd Police District on the southwest side became one of five prototypes for CAPS, the city’s new community policing program. No longer would officers be pulled routinely off their beats; instead, they’d stay put while emergencies were answered by roving “rapid response” cars. The beat officers’ duty was to establish and […]

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Chicago String Ensemble

Eighty-five-year-old Samuel Thaviu has led the kind of life any violinist could be proud of. Born into a musical family on the North Shore, he started his apprenticeship as the concertmaster of the Little Symphony of Chicago. Then he joined the first violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the Frederick Stock days and […]

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Oasis

Oasis are the new Blur are the new Suede are the new Birdland are the new Charlatans are the new Happy Mondays are the new Smiths. The band’s debut, Definitely Maybe, sees them essaying a slurry, jangly, punked-up English rock ‘n’ roll of the sort that fires up the British music press’s hype meters for […]

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The Who’s Tommy

THE WHO’S TOMMY Auditorium Theatre In its current incarnation, Tommy is an abomination, a gross perversion of everything it once stood for, and one of the most galling attempts to rewrite history in recent memory. It seems we’ve spent the last few years trying to deny that anything radical happened during the tumultuous 60s. Once-dangerous […]