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No Verdicts

Judgement at Cafe Voltaire Three Tall Women Apollo Theater Center In his preface to Judgement, British playwright Barry Col-lins cites Franz Kafka: “Only a party to a case can really judge, but, being a party, it cannot judge. Hence, there is no possibility of judgement in the world but only the glimmer of a possibility.” […]

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WomanSong

Northlight Theatre, at the Theatre Building. Given the smashing success of last year’s Michael, Margaret, Pat and Kate, it was only a matter of time before another musical autobiography made its appearance. And once again the narrator-subject is a homegrown songsmith: Jenny Armstrong, daughter of George and Gerry Armstrong, founders of Chicago’s Aural Tradition Society […]

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News Of The Weird

Lead Story In December in Bartow, Florida, a spurned and distraught lover, Edward Leonard Hand, 33, confronted his girlfriend and her husband, stuck a gun to his own chin, and fired. The bullet glanced off a bone in Hand’s face, and hit and killed the husband. Hand survived. Police filed only gun-use charges against him, […]

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Shobha Gurtu

Steeped in highly formal tradition and ceremony, the world of Indian classical music is overwhelming to most Westerners. The subtle distinctions that mark the music’s myriad variations are downright perplexing, and something called the raga dictates everything from its complex rhythmic circles to the time of day it’s heard. While classical music is primarily instrumental […]

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If I Were a Carpenter

“Empowerment zone,” huh [“EZ Does It,” March 3]. Dollars dangled from D.C., PC buzzwords jam the PR lines downtown, the people come running with fists up and hands out, acronyms fly in alphabet flurries as the scramble for control commences. Have we seen this movie before? Thirty years since the War on Poverty began, the […]

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African Film Festival

Columbia College’s Department of Film and Video presents its first annual African Film Festival, “Visions of Africa Through African Eyes,” on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22. Screenings will be at the college’s Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash, and Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan; admission is free. For further information call 663-1600, ext. 287, […]

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Jelly’s Last Jam

Playwright-director George C. Wolfe’s take on the career of Creole jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton is debatable. Wolfe’s 1992 Broadway musical insists that Morton’s professional rise and fall was due to his escalating racial self-hatred rather than inevitable swings in musical taste, treating his proud and only somewhat exaggerated claim to having invented jazz as […]

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Thanks for Reading

In 1995 Bill Wyman’s writings generated more letters to the editor than any other regularly featured writer. These letters weren’t from readers informed or appreciative of his work; they were usually enraged or disgusted. It’s puzzling why the Reader, with the best pop music coverage in Chicago, would continually give a front-page column to someone […]

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Contemporary Chamber Players

After heading the University of Chicago-based Contemporary Chamber Players for more than three decades, founder Ralph Shapey has finally passed the baton to the next generation. His successor, Yale-trained California Institute of the Arts professor Stephen Mosko, is part of a funky west coast contingent that’s enamored of multimedia, cyberspace, and music from the Pacific […]

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Keith Jarrett

In the late 1960s four pianists began to emerge as the dominant influences for the next 20 years of keyboard jazz: McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett. All of them have helped reinterpret the traditional jazz repertoire, but each has also struck off in a different and unique direction, and none more […]

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Erection Dissection

Erection Dissection Sir, In rebuttal to article on smoking and impotence [“Health: Bad for the Bone,” March 24]. IMPOTENCE (Erections) Thoughts, sight and smell Will make it rise or fell Alcohol may be the cause or effect That will make the penis less erect Tobacco may be a pleasure in itself Put sexual treasure on […]

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Dave Gordon

In 1984 Chicago pianist and songwriter Dave Gordon released a distinctive late-fusion date called Green Things. He waited more than a decade to make his next album, Turn (Southport Records), which certainly lives up to its title. (No surprise there: any musician who hadn’t turned from the fulminant excesses of fusion would have a tough […]