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Death in the Garden

This rarely shown French-Mexican coproduction of 1956 offers a haunting view of characters pushed to their limits. The action begins when a Latin American dictator attempts to nationalize a diamond mine and the workers there rebel. There are baroque plot twists, as befits a story of corruption that includes characters as diverse as a priest […]

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Bach Week Festival

BACH WEEK FESTIVAL By now, 22 years after its inception, Evanston’s Bach Week Festival is a local institution. Never mind that its original strictly Bach agenda no longer prevails–as the programming embraces more and more of the baroque giant’s near contemporaries and even some 20th-century neo-baroque practitioners. One highlight of the latest edition promises to […]

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Caught in the Net

Captured at http://www.flamingfords.com/story.html It was about 2:00 a.m. and I’m still working on some proposals. Well, not quite working at that time –more like watching some TV. Anyway, I hear this horn or siren in the background. I mute the TV and start my way to the front door. I open the front door and–wait–the […]

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Effingham, Illinois

Effingham is located some 200 miles from Chicago, due south on I-57–just far enough away for the locals to speak with a soft twang. You’ll know you’re nearly there when you see the first phalanx of billboards since Chicago. Two interstates, 57 and 70, crisscross in Effingham, and 25,000 vehicles pass through each day. But […]

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Jimmy McGriff & Hank Crawford

JIMMY MCGRIFF & HANK CRAWFORD Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford swing soulfully along that sweet fault line that runs between down-home blues and uptown jazz. At the heart of their sound though is the uplifting ecstasy of the spiritual tradition that helped give rise to both: Crawford’s alto wails like a gospel singer over the […]

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The City File

By Harold Henderson “The most unconsciously uncool region in the city of Chicago” is how Adam Langer describes East Rogers Park in his new book The Madness of Art: A Guide to Living and Working in Chicago. “You’ll see the occasional ‘fro, lots of sandals (the brown worn leather kind), lots of cut-off shorts, lots […]

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Rat Race

Obviously Neil Elliott doesn’t know dick about rats (Letters, April 12). He asks us rhetorically when we last saw a rat and then remarks about rats being fast. Sure, rats are fast; when they’re running across the street they’re fast. And that’s probably the only time ol’ Neil ever saw a rat. While picking up […]

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Das Neue Werk/Wheel Trio

DAS NEUE WERK/WHEEL TRIO In our age of political correctness, this country’s attitude toward music from western Europe has shifted subtly yet inexorably: while its influences are receding except in certain academic and establishment ghettos, no other region seems poised for leadership. Perhaps this fragmentation is, after all, a good thing, allowing hundreds of stylistic […]

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Straight Dope

My son says he has it on good authority that the phrase is “Feed a fever, starve a cold.” I thought it was “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Can you tell me who’s right, what it means, and who said it? –Bob White, Arroyo Grande, California Your son thinks there’s a better authority than […]