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A Class Dismissed

To the editors: I read a statement in Culture Club [November 18] that as an artist disturbed me. Lewis Lazare wrote that “professor Robert Calder devised a questionnaire that will be administered to . . . people who don’t attend arts events regularly, but have the same income and education as those who do.” Perhaps […]

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Bill Monroe

Virtuoso mandolinist, father of bluegrass, a frigging musical Mount Rushmore–Bill Monroe is all that, but he’s also a notorious master of the undying feud. His bands have always consisted of the creme de la creme, but in 1945 he put together what many people consider the best bluegrass band that ever was and ever will […]

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The City File

Ahhhhh waaaaaaaaaaaah! Southern Illinois University communication professor Stephen Blache has created an “infant cry archive” containing not merely an on-line list of 187 books and articles about how babies wail, but recordings and analyses of nearly 300 actual baby cries (anonymity preserved). Says Blache, “We designed this to be useful to the cry community.” “White-collar […]

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Too Radical for Radio

Dear Editors: I’ve reread the Reader (October 21, 1994) and the album reviews have caught my eye (Rock, Etc.). I’ve found the reviews of Carleen Anderson, Des’ree, Joi, and Shara Nelson’s music a refreshing change. I’m an African American woman who has always loved rhythm and blues and rock music. I am not that much […]

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Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON’S, Prairie del’Arte Theatre Company. Some plays should only be performed at tollway dinner theaters, and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is one of them. But for some reason that only God and the Prairie del’Arte Theatre Company know it’s playing at Victory Gardens Studio, where there isn’t a lounge singer, […]

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Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Conductor Pierre Boulez is noted for the clarity of his approach to 20th-century music, and when it comes to his own compositions the French innovator, like Stravinsky before him, is often his own best interpreter. So it’ll be a treat for the apprentice musicians of the Civic Orchestra when Boulez leads the orchestra in a […]

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Getting Personal

Caro Diario (Dear Diary) *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Nanni Moretti With Moretti, Jennifer Beals, Carlo Mazzacurati, Renato Carpentieri, Antonio Neiwiller, and Mario Schiano. How many movies put us in touch with real people as opposed to stars and characters? Not very many, perhaps because we tend to go to movies to escape […]

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Who Needs Enemies

What a shame that Mr. [Tony] Adler almost learned to write, and that the price of theatrical attention in Chicago is tied, in this case (“Fringe Dwellers,” November 18), to his Olympian provincialism. My sympathy to Beau O’Reilly and company after watching Adler wade around in their private lives–and make us all the benefactors of […]

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Benched, bothered, and bewildered: will state guidelines get in the way of Charles Shipp’s college education?

For two years Charles Shipp had to cross gang territory and endure the taunts and beatings of thugs and bullies to get to school. But no gangbanger has endangered his determined pursuit of an education as much as the faceless association of bureaucrats who control high school sports in Illinois. Earlier this year the Illinois […]

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Holey Coverage

To the editor: Brenda You’s defense of Courtney Love (“Love Hate,” October 28) was mildly interesting. I just thought it was in the context of a concert review. Hole was sold out. I wanted to go but couldn’t get a ticket. I read the review expecting something about the concert itself. Instead I got comments […]

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North of Providence

NORTH OF PROVIDENCE at Covenant Methodist Church Playhouse If you’re as discouraged as I am by the unceasing onslaught of one-note, testosterone-soaked, anguish-fests wrapped in the banner of “Chicago-style theater” on the storefront scene, you owe it to yourself to see Playhouse’s North of Providence. Others try to pass off cheap hysterics as raw emotions; […]