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We’re Stumped

There were many serious errors in Mike Miner’s [February 17] article “The Anti-Cult Candidate” on my campaign against abuses of power of all forms and for the job of mayor of Chicago. One point on which Mike is utterly correct, however, is the manipulation of “news” in Chicago by power groups who rarely, if at […]

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The City File

Don’t let your laptop fall in there. According to a Chicago firm offering a document shredder, “Unlike desktop shredders, the Kwik Shred machines can destroy staples, paper clips, rubber bands–even computer disks and tapes, off-specification packaging materials and confidential product prototypes.” “The phrase ‘helping professionals’ is an oxymoron and misleading,” writes Billy Golfus in the […]

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Carnival Animale

Lisa Buscani tells stories the way Dorothy Parker wrote–by opening a vein and letting it flow. And like Parker Buscani tempers her mostly autobiographical tales with a bitter, pointed wit that skewers sentimentality. Her sweet recollection of a childhood trip to a petting zoo ends with her almost being mauled by several cuddly, ravenous lambs. […]

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Henry Threadgill’s Very Very Circus

Henry Threadgill has built a legacy of reinvention. The former Chicagoan emerged from the pervasive influence of the AACM with a remarkable trio called Air, which, among other things, reinterpreted Scott Joplin rags with gusto and verve. Air gave reedman Threadgill an opportunity to develop genre-smashing tendencies. Following its demise he formed the seven-member Henry […]

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No. 7: Schlock Therapy

The session has begun. “Let’s see now,” the woman says. “Where are you?” The woman sits opposite Penny Hasbro in a condominium suite on the 54th floor of the Carmichael on Lake Shore Drive. Penny looks around the room. A painting on the wall shows a peasant woman washing the feet of a peasant child. […]

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Field & Street

Spring has begun to push winter aside, although the signs are still very obscure. Two weeks ago, when the windchill hit 40 below, a few northern harriers passed through on their early migration, and an early canvasback duck was sighted at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Birds we think of as typical winter species–northern shrikes, rough-legged […]

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Jimmy Heath Quartet

When Jimmy Heath first came out of Philadelphia in the 1940s, his Charlie Parker-tuned alto playing had earned him the nickname “Little Bird”; by the 1950s, when he recorded with his friend Miles Davis on a justly famous pair of Blue Note albums, he had switched to tenor and begun to attract attention for his […]

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Reader to Reader

An early darkness descends on the Loop with icy rain pelting in every direction and wind turning umbrellas inside out. Commuters hurry home with their heads down, dodging streams of traffic. Up against the drugstore on Randolph near Michigan, a small Oriental rug is spread on the sidewalk, and two turbaned men, in business suits […]

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Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange

Liz Lerman’s first priority is not art. She’s a spiritual teacher, someone who believes in the ancient healing function of dance but also believes it’s been lost in an era when dance is only for young, beautiful, talented professionals (not surprisingly, her company of ten includes four dancers over the age of 50). Clearly a […]

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Spot Check

BLOODLINE 2/24, SCHUBAS Bloodline includes the sons of some famous musicians–Miles Davis, Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley–and if not for their fortunate births they would be sent straight to the H.O.R.D.E. category. The band’s blues-rock is accomplished enough but lacks any touch of originality, and the lyrics that help to […]