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The Safest Show on Earth

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the United Center, November 21-December 3 Why are Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus–both successful, moneymaking shows with acrobats, aerialists, and clowns–treated by the arts community as if they were as different as classical ballet and live nude dancing? Every urbanite I […]

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Twisting in the Wind

To the editor: No sooner does Ben Joravsky take the Chicago Public Library to task for errors of fact and form [November 10] than his butt-saving proofreaders go on vacation, leaving his tokhes to twist in the wind [November 24]. (If you know not whither I refer, dear editor, take care to review Mr. Joravsky’s […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I am a straight woman, 37, who has been friends with a man, 34, for four years. Our relationship has been platonic–we’ve never had any sexual contact other than making out–although we have expressed a strong attraction for one another. However, we decided to keep our relationship non-sexual in order to retain our […]

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The Sound of Borders Breaking

Cornershop Double Door, November 25 The postmodern artist of color in the West is expected not only to have inherited the same heap of pop junk and exhausted formalisms as everyone else, but to lay claim to something untainted as well. This has been less of an issue in rock music, which has marginalized artists […]

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Censorship at the Library

For 123 years, the Chicago Public Library has held a bond of trust with the city’s citizens. The library is expected to acquire and make available information free of bias, distortion, and censorship. Now we find that the Chicago Public Library has become a censor. CPL recently published, with taxpayer’s money, the Chicago Historical Engagement […]

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Nights of the Blue Rider

This multidisciplinary performing arts festival, hosted by the Pilsen area’s Blue Rider Theatre, runs through December 17, with shows most Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM, as well as children’s matinees on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM and the occasional late-night extra. Most evenings feature two or more […]

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Visionary Agitprop

I Am Cuba *** (A must-see) Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov Written by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Enrique Pineda Barnet With Luz Maria Collazo, Jose Gallardo, Sergio Corrieri, Maria Gonzalez Broche, Raul Garcia, and Jean Bouise. Undeniably monstrous and breathtakingly beautiful, ridiculous and awe inspiring, I Am Cuba confounds so many usual yardsticks of judgment that any […]

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Double Standards

No doubt you folks were trying to drum up a little subtle irony by running Michael Miner’s story “Rewarding Ethical Journalism–Whatever That Is” [November 24] on the same page as Ed Gold’s all-too-regularly-featured “Bob Watch.” Miner’s story, after all, ends by saying that most people, asked who should receive a “people’s journalism” award, picked Eric […]

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Obama On . . .

Excerpted from Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama copyright 1995 by Barack Obama. Reprinted by permission of Times Books, a division of Random House, Inc. his Indonesian boyhood: “It had taken me less than six months to learn Indonesia’s language, its customs, and its legends. I had survived chicken pox, measles, and the sting […]

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The Christmas Schooner

The Christmas Schooner, Bailiwick Repertory. John Reeger and Julie Shannon’s two-act musical is just the sort of heavy, sweet thing people put up with only at Christmastime, when it’s traditional to weigh yourself down with syrupy glasses of eggnog and old holiday entertainments. The Christmas Schooner is a new work, first performed at Northwestern University […]

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Between Chaos and Order

Sandra Dawson at Idao Gallery, through December 22 Sylvia Safdie and John Heward: Memory and Making at Gallery 312, through December 23 Lying nude on a dark slab, his hands resting behind his head, he looks like a man sleeping, except that his eyes are open. The bed seems to float in a tan sea […]

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Johnny 100 Pesos

A heist-gone-awry thriller with ironic political overtones, Johnny 100 Pesos is based on an actual hostage crisis that took place in Chile in 1990. What starts out as an attempted robbery of a black-market currency exchange in Santiago turns into a hostage situation and media circus when the hapless bandits are mistaken for terrorists. The […]

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The Sports Section

A team in mere disarray would be an improvement at this point. The Bears’ defense is inept, rendering their offense useless even on its good days, and the coaching staff is clueless. The season is in tatters. At one point the Bears were 6-2 and making plans not merely for the playoffs but to take […]