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Casualties of the Mass Market

The Voice of the Moon ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Federico Fellini Written by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, and Ermanno Cavazzoni With Roberto Benigni, Paolo Villaggio, Nadia Ottaviani, Marisa Tomasi, and Angelo Orlando. Casino ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Martin Scorsese Written by Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese With Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James […]

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Fellini Fuss

To the editors: What a shame that while the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute offers the Chicago debut of “Tutto Fellini,” the extraordinary retrospective of all of Federico Fellini’s films in stunningly restored new 35-millimeter prints, the Reader chooses to “review” most of these screenings with the recycled and petulant capsules […]

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Chicago Celebrates 100 Years of Cinema

To celebrate the anniversary of cinema’s invention in 1895, Ines Sommer has organized a program of films “made in and about Chicago,” beginning with the 1897 Stockyards. Most offer an unglamorous view of the city’s grittier sides. I especially like Conrad O. Nelson’s Halsted Street (1931) and James Davis’s Pertaining to Chicago (1957), both of […]

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Field & Street

A century ago introducing new birds to North America was something of a fad. People who did this sort of thing called themselves acclimatizers. They formed societies such as New York’s American Acclimatization Society to pool their resources so they could buy more birds–mostly in Europe–and import them to North America. We owe our starlings […]

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Cencertante Di Chicago

Luciano Berio is one of those postwar modernists who’ve injected folk elements into their compositions for the sake of political posturing. His Folk Songs From 1964, to be performed by Concertante di Chicago and mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon, were compiled and transcribed when the Italian avant-gardist was in residence in the Bay Area. Based on folk […]

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Please Fire Bill

Dear Reader, Please fire Bill Wyman. If there is some contract trouble, maybe maybe you can fina a place in the back of Section Three so he is out of the way of your capable journalists. The Reader, for the most part, has articles that provoke thought and shine light on the parts of our […]

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Joel Hall Dancers

If stuffy old Christmas ballets danced in cavernous halls simply bore you and the little ones, Nuts & Bolts: A Nutcracker for the 90s, Joel Hall’s hip, evening-length modern jazz dance, provides an alternative. Set to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s rendition of the Nutcracker Suite, plus a generous dose of house music, Nut & […]

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Lazy Cowgirls

Since we all know that rock is dead, a band like LA’s Lazy Cowgirls thrusts upon us true suspension of disbelief. Seeking a slice of the mythological rock ‘n’ roll pie back in the mid-80s, they transplanted themselves from Indiana to Hollywood in search of something–maybe even stardom. They never found it. Yet in the […]