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The Inessential Beatles

The Inessential Beatles What separates the Beatles from pretenders to their level of popularity is the intensity of our love for them. Aside from a few odd covers on the first album or two and this or that strange track on the White Album or Yellow Submarine we have a curiously intimate familiarity with their […]

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Caught in the Net

Captured at newsgroup talk.bizarre From: Scott Ellis Subject: Job Interview Listen, sorry it’s taken so long to get to you, but we had a couple of things come up. Jeez, I’m starving. Tell you what, we’ll do this over at the submarine place over at the mall. I’m buying. Pastrami and peppers. Lotsa peppers. You? […]

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City File

By Harold Henderson Oh, I’m sure if he’s a bad doctor the state wouldn’t let him practice. According to data obtained by Families Advocating Injury Reduction, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation received 2,914 allegations against Illinois doctors in 1992 and ’93–1,699 of them filed by doctors, hospitals, and others mandated to report under state […]

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Minimalism and Shit

Dear Reader, After reading Fred Camper’s review of the Richard Tuttle gallery exhibition (November 24), I wish to invite him to attend a new show by the underappreciated Chicago minimalist Sky Brown, which will run indefinitely in the alley behind my apartment. The show features many of his more important works, such as Rock, Stick, […]

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Crossover Hit

By Derrick Mathis Alan Louis sits cross-legged in a cramped storage room wearing black fishnet panty hose and nothing else, peering into a mirror and studiously applying the last layer of Candy Apple No. 2 to his mouth. It used to take him an hour to get ready, he says. Now he can do it […]

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A New CREEP

Dear sir or madam: Demagoguery is a dangerous thing, whether in politics or art. How refreshing that at least one Chicago film critic–Jonathan Rosenbaum–still has the guts to challenge it (re: his December 22 piece on Oliver Stone’s Nixon). The reviews of Nixon in Chicago’s major dailies read less like intelligent essays than packaged press […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CHicago Symphony Orchestra Two of this century’s most durable concertos are Scandinavian, each intended as a dauntingly virtuosic vehicle for the violin by a master symphonist combining traditional and modern sensibilities. The Sibelius concerto, first performed in 1903, shares an angular tone, spare texture, and muted ecstasy with Carl Nielsen’s sole entry in the genre, […]

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Dept. of Censorious Librarians

To the editor: I am writing in response to a letter from Thomas Minder, published in your December 8, 1995, edition. Without any factual support whatsoever, Mr. Minder stated that the Chicago Public Library administration engaged in censorship and ordered the removal of copies of the November 10, 1995, edition of the Reader from library […]

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Diary of a Skokie Girl

About the only place Caryn Bark’s Diary of a Skokie Girl hasn’t played in Chicago is my living room. It opened at the old Footsteps space in September of 1994 and ran for six sold-out weeks before moving to Centre East for seven months and Apple Tree Theatre for five–with a time-out for one night […]

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It’s a Scalper’s Market

Please, Bill, ticket scalping is turning into your Baby Richard [Hits- ville]. Ticket scalping exists for one reason: chumps pay. How many of those Bruce fans who didn’t get tickets went to a ticket broker the next day to get the tickets they were unable to get that Saturday morning? They feed the cycle, and […]

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The Straight Dope

Does Cecil have an explanation for the sudden gridiron success of Northwestern, e.g., recruiting violations, swapping uniforms? –Russell Clemings, Fresno, California A 47-year rebuilding effort is your idea of sudden? Get serious. But I’ll admit that the 34-game losing streak in the early 80s sure lulled the opposition into a false sense of security. The […]

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Art’s Jerry Lewis

Dear Mr. Lazare, Robert Guinan sent me by fax your article “No Room for Un-Conventional Art” [Culture Club] in Reader’s of December 15. I wish to confirm that everything you write about my meetings with the people of the Cultural Center is correct. I am pessimistic about the realization of a Guinan exhibit at the […]