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Restaurant Tours: Budget Gourmets

Restaurants the world over have learned the lesson of the last presidential race: it’s the economy, stupid. In Paris, a dozen of France’s finest chefs have opened popularly priced bistros as adjuncts to their three-star dining palaces. And now several top local chefs and restaurateurs are taking a cue from their Parisian counterparts by downscaling–without […]

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A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love

These two remarkable Polish features by Krzysztof Kieslowski, made respectively in 1987 and 1988 (and being shown for separate admissions), are both expanded versions of segments in his Decalogue, one of the key works in contemporary cinema, with each segment illustrating one of the Ten Commandments–though regrettably unseen and unavailable in this country apart from […]

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The Sports Section

By Ted Cox Throughout the first half of the season, most of the Bulls insisted that they weren’t a great team but merely a very good one. As recently as early last week, as the Bulls embarked on a six-game road trip leading to the all-star break, coach Phil Jackson maintained that the Bulls would […]

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Bleeding Clear

By his own admission, Shea Nangle rehearses his one-man autobiographical nightmare Bleeding Clear “to a bare minimum,” muttering to himself while walking down the street, waiting for elevators, or riding the el. “This isn’t the kind of piece I want a lot of people to overhear,” he explains–a paradoxical statement from a performer who publicly […]

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Spot Check

BOUKAN GINEN 2/10 Wild Hare Started by former members of the popular Haitian group Boukman Eksperyans, Boukan Ginen deliver on their domestic debut, Jou a Rive (Xenophile/Green Linnet), a similar modernist take on the island’s musical traditions but with a sharper political bent and more Western borrowings. Singer Eddy Francois’ Bob Marley-esque vocals, guitarist Vladimir […]

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Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. Fifty years after its premiere, the slightest ditty in Irving Berlin’s heartwarming musical outweighs all the easy-listening pop-pap-poop of a Jekyll & Hyde. Yes, the gun-crazy plot carries a sexist moral: sharpshooter Annie Oakley must settle for being second best if she’s to win the love of […]

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True Books

MADAM FOREMAN: A RUSH TO JUDGMENT? by Armanda Cooley, Carrie Bess, and Marsha Rubin-Jackson, as told to Tom Byrnes, with Mike Walker (Dove Books, $19.95). Synopsis: Three jurors from the O.J. Simpson trial relive their “267 days as prisoners of the United States legal system,” including their confinement in the Inter-Continental Hotel and their exposure […]

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Shelter From the Storm

By Scott Berinato It was Dickensian weather. Air that smacked the skin, needles of snow that pricked the cheek, skies grayer than gravestones. It was a hundred years until springtime. The man I’ll call Kevin agreed. “This is the coldest yet,” he said, jumping in place outside a coffee shop in Evanston. His brown eyes […]

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In Defense of Orchids

Dear Field & Street editor, If Jill Riddell was trying to break down the stereotype of orchids as finicky plants (Field & Street, January 19) then the best I can say is that she damned orchids with her faint praise. She referred to the “word on the street” that orchids need “peculiar light and perpetual […]

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The Straight Dope

I have always wondered what people do who are born on leap day, February 29. Obviously they age each year, but do they celebrate it on the 28th or the 1st? And when their actual birth date does come around, do they have a really huge bash to make up for lost time? –Kristin, Los […]