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News of the Weird

Lead Story In October police in Kewanee, Illinois, charged Roger Harlow with 81 counts of burglary. The insurance agent and part-time Sunday-school teacher was accused of entering the homes of friends and townspeople when he knew they’d be away and stealing about 1,000 valuables over a ten-year period. According to police, Harlow once was late […]

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Scott Hamilton & Spike Robinson

The swing-era tenor saxophone holds a special place in jazz. Commentators have long linked the tenor’s popularity to its mimicry of the male human voice–in terms of its range, its ability to croon as well as scream–and no brand of tenor sings better than swing. Of course, a number of techniques and idioms have supplanted […]

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Young Playwrights Festival

Pegasus Players. You’d think that the biggest problem in a festival of teenage dramatists would be immature writing. Oddly, though, the major problem with the debuts of three promising writers in Pegasus Players’ ninth annual “Young Playwrights Festival” is unambitious, perfunctory productions. Joseph Soto’s Mi Barrio Loco, about Mexican families torn apart by street gangs, […]

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Invisible Sympathies

Looking as though he’d just been hit by several trucks in rapid succession, playwright Bryn Magnus introduced the opening night of his Invisible Sympathies, an evening of brief plays and even briefer character musings, by saying, “This has been a hard day.” Then he dropped his glasses. “We were planning to rehearse a whole lot,” […]

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Out of the Closet

Ms. [Leah] Eskin: I am a depressive or, shall I say, a “closet” depressive. I am forced to hide my illness to avoid the business and social stigmas that articles such as yours [“National Depression Day,” October 21] continue to perpetuate. Depression reduced me to a state of vulnerability, weakness and shame for I believed […]

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On Exhibit: the view from the street

Street photography has typically been linked to stories of on-the-scene reporters and lucky snapshots. But its power comes from a deeper interaction between the shooter and the street, according to photographer Joel Meyerowitz and Art Institute curator Colin Westerbeck, who collaborated on the new book Bystander: A History of Street Photography (Bulfinch Press). A related […]

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The Indian Wants the Bronx

Jihaad Filmworks, at the Organic Theater Company Greenhouse. Israel Horovitz has always depended on the kindness of actors. So if you don’t happen to have a Richard Dreyfuss (who appeared in the first production of Horovitz’s long-running off-Broadway hit Line) or an Al Pacino (who originated the role of Murph in The Indian Wants the […]

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Music of Dan Tucker

Though composing has always been his first love, Dan Tucker made a living as a newspaperman most of his life. In the early 40s, after graduating from the American Conservatory of Music, he got a job in journalism–the occupation of his father and brother–and eventually ended up as an editorialist for the Tribune. Yet he […]