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It Took A Village

To the editors: Because of several omissions, the article on the mosaic project in Neighborhood News [August 23] gave the impression that it was initiated by Truman College. In fact, this project was a collaboration between a number of organizations and individuals which need mention to enlarge the context and to assert an exciting model […]

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City File

Look out! He’s got a car! Of the 249 on-the-job deaths in Illinois in 1995, the number due to shooting: 26; the number due to “transportation incidents”: 78 (Illinois Department of Public Health). Most entry-level jobs in metropolitan Chicago are not in the suburbs, according to a July report from the Illinois Job Gap Project […]

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A lovely and nuanced character study of a once-famous World War II fighter pilot named Nadezhda Petrovna (Maya Bulgakova) who becomes a provincial schoolmistress, raising her adopted daughter as a single mother. Larissa Shepitko’s 1966 black-and-white feature is stately and reflective in tempo in a way that reminds me of some of the late films […]

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On Exhibit: rocket man

In the late 1940s and early ’50s, the U.S. “space program” consisted of little more than a few captured German V-2s, and trips to the moon were still popularly regarded as the idle dream of adolescent boys. But a number of rocket engineers were already busy designing the spaceships of the near future. When their […]

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You Stink!

Congratulations on your recent “What Stinks!” article [August 23]. Once again, the Reader has proved itself to be the premier spunky and witty, irreverent voice of Chicago! Thank God Dr. Reader continues to have its fingers firmly on the pulse of the hippest people and aspects of this great city, and that its writers are […]

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Around the Coyote

Around the Coyote Running through September 8, the seventh annual edition of this Wicker Park/Bucktown weekend festival claims to be the nation’s largest studio walk and arts exhibition, showcasing emerging artists in all media–including theater and performance, as reflected in the following schedule. Coordinator Jonathan Pitts has organized some 40 theatrical offerings into programs loosely […]