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Joe Henderson

The tenor of our times? Quite possibly: the innovative signals of saxophonist Joe Henderson’s luminescent style have long made him a favorite of his fellow musicians. (These include his unflappable and wholly modern swing; his burred, woody tone; the fluttery expressionism of his upper register; and his nomadic improvisations, which seem to sprawl but cut […]

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Information Held Hostage

Just a few lines about Neal Pollack’s cover story about Mayor Richard Daley and open government [May 5]. It is well done and I commend your treatment of the issue, which is vital to the future of the city. However, the reply by mayoral chief of staff Gery Chico [Letters, May 12] is terribly disappointing. […]

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The City File

If guns are like viruses, then a suburban murder wave is coming. “Residents of suburban low-crime areas are much more likely to own handguns than those living in the city,” according to a recent press release by the Metro Chicago Information Center, taken from its 1991-95 polling data. “Sixteen percent of suburban residents [and 25 […]

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Steve Nelson-Raney

Do-it-yourself music like free improvisation crops up in the most unlikely places. Enclaves of improvisers have appeared in out-of-the-way spots from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Arkhangel’sk, Russia. Count Milwaukee among those smaller cities with a fairly active free scene–multiinstrumentalist Paul Gaudynski, drummer Tony Finlayson, percussionist Terry Smirl, and instrument inventor Hal Rammel all hail from America’s […]

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Foibles of Bill

Dear Editor, Jae-Ha Kim plays the racism and sexism trump cards when she derides Bill Wyman’s attacks on her writing [Letters, May 12]. These disingenuous and too easily invoked broadsides weaken an otherwise compelling letter. Say what you will about Bill, but his commitment to covering artists of all genders and races outstrips that of […]

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A Case for the Closet

Thanks for the article on Marc Foster, nee Steve Friess [Our Town, May 12]. The frenzied reaction of radical gays to Foster’s column is one more example (as if another were needed) of how the Left continues to portray itself as the champion of acceptance and diversity while demanding dogmatic conformity from all who may […]

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Field & Street

Nine species of birds nest in my neighborhood. Three are the usual urban aliens: pigeon, starling, and house sparrow. A fourth is the semialien house finch, a bird native to the western U.S. that entered Chicago from the east after being accidentally introduced onto Long Island 50 years ago. The other five are native birds: […]

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Dear Jackie

Dear Jackie, Live Bait Theater. Where Live Bait’s Of Diamonds and Diplomats celebrates a Jacqueline Kennedy cherished by her contemporaries, Dear Jackie–created by 17 local artists and slyly directed by Rob Chambers–explores the love/hate relationship between the Queen of Camelot and a later generation. But there’s more hate than love in most of these pieces, […]

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Sex. School, And Society

Miss Margarida’s Way TurnAround Theatre Miss Margarida would love the story that ran atop the front page of last Sunday’s Tribune. Headlined “From Top of the Class to the Mainstream,” the article reported on a 15-year survey of Illinois high school valedictorians that found secondary education’s best and brightest tended to “settle into the system […]

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The 1995 Chicago Fringe Festival

Making its debut so soon after the demise of the International Theatre Festival of Chicago, this brand-new project seems to challenge the notion that the Windy City isn’t hospitable to events of this kind. Producers John T. Mills and James Ellis hope to succeed where others have failed by offering a more sharply defined image […]

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Reader to Reader

The sound of two large dogs fighting and one man howling in fear and pain destroyed the dark peace of the neighborhood one night. A German shepherd on the block had slipped through his gate and charged a neighbor walking his bearlike Lab-Rottweiler. By the time anyone could intervene, the shepherd’s teeth were clamped tight […]